Macro Lens Question

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Kawi_T, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Kawi_T

    Kawi_T TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2007
    Messages:
    173
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Chicago suburbs
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I'm really looking forward to buying a macro lens. It seems to me like I could get by quite easily with a manual lens shooting macro. How important is AF when shooting macro? Situational?
    Tom
     
  2. lifeafter2am

    lifeafter2am TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Messages:
    1,317
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Orlando, FL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Situational. I would say about 50% of the time I use AF and 50% of the time I use MF.

    I would say that is most situations though you could get away with a manual focus lens.
     
  3. xfloggingkylex

    xfloggingkylex TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 5, 2006
    Messages:
    1,292
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Frederick, MD
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    a few things to consider...

    Many people use macro lenses for more than just macro. Being fast and sharp, they tend to be used a lot in headshots and things like that. That may influence your stance on AF, because for macro AF may not be necessary, but for other work you may want the AF.

    If you are doing macro only, and have a budget, the MF lens WILL be cheaper, and for most macro work you dont need AF anyways.
     
  4. Antithesis

    Antithesis No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2007
    Messages:
    1,335
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Caribbean
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Just keep in mind that if you have a longer focal length (105mm+) your depth of field is really shallow when your getting really close to something. It is sometimes difficult to focus at that range, and next to impossible to hand-hold and keep something in focus.
     
  5. xfloggingkylex

    xfloggingkylex TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 5, 2006
    Messages:
    1,292
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Frederick, MD
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Yes, but some critters wont let you use a 50mm lens without running away (bugs and stuff)
     
  6. Macroman

    Macroman TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Messages:
    78
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Chatham kent
    hi ya you dont say what camera you have ,so Sigma make great lenses the 70MM 2.8 macro is this years top lens ,for shooting at 1:1 you will be 5 or 6 inches from the subject,I use the Sigma 150mm 2.8 macro and i have 12 inches to work with ,so the bug dont run off so much,i allways shoot handheld and manual focus,AF will not focus at 1:1 on a bug but it will focus on the leaf the bug is sitting on ,all the macroest i know shoot handheld ,at 1:1 you only have 4 to 6 mm of DOF to work with ,all macro lenses are so so so sharp

    here is a sigma 150 2.8 of a ant

    [​IMG]

    and a house spider with its dinner with the sigma 150 2.8

    [​IMG]

    hope this helps
     

Share This Page