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Macro lens for D5100

Redziggy 5 1
28 May 2013 8:47PM
Hello would so appreciate some help, I'm new to photography and want to get a macro lens to shoot insects etc, would the Nikon-AF-S-Micro-NIKKOR-40mm be ok for this? I've googled a lot and can't find a definitive answer!

I don't have a huge budget for it, so does anyone have any advice on this or an alternative lens?

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am finding it all very confusing! Smile

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justin c 14 5.0k 36 England
28 May 2013 9:26PM
It'll be ok for certain subjects, providing your fieldcraft skills are good, i.e. getting close. The better option and the one preferred by many for insect photography is a longer focal length macro lens, with various options available from 90mm to 180mm. The longer focal length will give you greater working distance and a narrower angle of view, making it easier to isolate your subject against the background.
Don't limit your choice to just Nikon lenses, Tamron and Sigma will also provide macro lenses capable of superb results.
Coventryphotog Junior Member 5 149 United Kingdom
28 May 2013 10:07PM
Most macro lenses are pretty good, I use a Tamron 90 personally, and for the money it is excellent - no VR though....
GazzaG2003 15 358 England
28 May 2013 10:11PM
it reads to be a very capable lens and its 1:1. I personally use a Sigma 150mm macro simply because it gives me a longer working distance, but as Justin says fieldcraft skills go a very long way. work with those and I'm sure this lens will give you lots of fun.
29 May 2013 7:23AM
Hi, you can have fun with any macro lens. I waited and saved a bit longer and purchased the sigma 105mm and am very pleased with it. I used it most of last year on my d5000. I've had an accident an not allowed to lift the camera for a few months but can't wait to try it out on my d7000. I suppose its really down to budget, but as I said macro is what you make of it yourself and you will get great results with any lens.........just have fun.

Redziggy 5 1
29 May 2013 9:11AM
Firstly thank you so much for taking the time to comment and help me.

I have decided based on this that my "concerns" about the 40mm lens have been confirmed and i am going to save a bit more and go for the sigma 70 or more likely the Tamron 90mm lens. Id rather that than spend the money and be dispapointed in what i can do with it.

Paul, I know how addictive photography can be so hope you are better soon so you can try out the D7000 Smile

Gundog 5 629 Scotland
29 May 2013 4:05PM

The problem in answering your question is that there really is no such thing as a general purpose macro lens. Real macro enthusiasts are likely to have at least three macro lenses in a range of focal lengths from 40 - 180mm plus, in all probability, a selection of other macro equipment such as reversing rings, extension tubes, bellows, micrometer racks, etc. All in all, a very expensive side of the hobby, I am afraid.

If you want to start out with a single macro lens, then my suggestion would be to go "mid-range" with either the Nikkor or Sigma 105mm f/2.8 offerings. They give you a nice compromise between shooting distance and magnification.

The second thing on your shopping list might be a ring flash to fit your lens. For close macro shooting, there is no need to opt for an expensive one - the Marumi at around 120 is perfectly adequate.

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