What would be the best Nikon lens for flower close ups, that is not a macro

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  1. Auslese

    Auslese TPF Noob!

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    I want to improve on this DSC_0640b

    and this as well, DSC_0562b

    Thanks.


     
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    What is your budget?

    I can tell you a lens that is DIRT cheap that can focus really close, that's the 28-80G, the old kit lens from film camera days, it has a close focus of 80MM (about 3 inches) and you can buy them on The Bay for next to nothing.

    HIGHLY recommend the lens!

    Edited to add: Don't search for the lens, search for a Nikon N55 film camera... the lenses sell for more by themselves than they bring with the old film bodies.

    Here's just one:

    MINT Nikon N55 35mm SLR Film Camera with 28-80mm Lens Kit with FRESH BATTERIES!
     
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    I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

    That lens was made from 2001 until about 2005. That's 10 years ago. Under no circumstances would I call a lens that has been out of production for 10 years "new"... but that's me.

    You want something that can focus close, can take a better picture than the ones you posted? The 28-80G can do that. Or if you don't want a G (and I can understand why you wouldn't) get the older 28-80 AF-D, it's also a cheap kit lens that rocks on image quality. I own both.
     
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    The "G" designation (commonly referred to as "Gelded") simply refers to a series of Nikon lenses without an aperture control ring on the lens. These lenses have been in production for quite a few years (depending on the lens). The newest Nikon designation would be, I suppose, "AF-S, G ED VRII"
     
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    I would say there is no best. Pretty images of flowers can be made with any lens.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Help me understand: You post a question, someone takes the time to provide you with an excellent answer which fits exactly within the parameters of your question, and rather than a simple 'Thank-you', you feel that this is an appropriate response?
     
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    Nikon 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G
     
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    I think I'm gonna try the 50mm 1.4G, as this should double as a short telephoto for my dog on dark forest trails as well. I have the 18-200G vr, but as said I want faster response and no extra gismos on the lens. Thanks.
     
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    I will never buy another lens over 2.8, and my next lens is going to be a 1.4. As said I have the 18-200G but unless it is bright sun it lacks.
     
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    Describing G lenses, which are most modern series of lenses that Nikon makes as old, is not technically correct. A history of Nikon lenses Nikkor Lens Technology
     
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    You have to be the most non appreciative poster on tpf. Do the research yourself
     
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    With a 0.45m minimum focal distance of the 50mm 1.4G I think is a bit limiting, as often its not that close.

    Why have you discounted a macro lens? Cos it seems to me thats excatly what you would be looking for...
     

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