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Nikon D1X info required


Emmog 10 38 1 England
28 Feb 2009 7:29PM
Hi all,
I have a Nikon D1X and was wondering whether I need a motorized lens for autofocusing. I was looking at:

*Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens
*Nikon Af 70-300/4.0-5.6 G

I don't know whether I need a lens with a motor or not for use with my camera.

Really I have been looking for a lens that has got macro capability so i don't have to save up again!!

Thanks for the help.

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rowarrior 11 4.4k 9 Scotland
28 Feb 2009 7:36PM
If you want a macro lens, be aware that the Tamron is not really a macro lens, and the closest you can focus on anything is about a metre away. It's only supposedly a macro in the 180-300 range too, where the aperture is 5.6 minimum. It doesn't like low contrast or dark situations when trying to find focus either, and hunts audibly, often not finding it, although I suppose you could do it manually. I gave up on using it for macro shortly after trying it, as it really did not give good shots, but it serves the purpose as a telephoto zoom for the rare occasions I need one.
Emmog 10 38 1 England
28 Feb 2009 7:40PM
Hi rowarrior,
I would need a lens for portraits mostly and the odd golf shot or quick wildlife shot. I would only like it to have macro for when I see a nice plant but I suppose that I could buy a S/H lens off ebay.

Should I look at another lens? If so does anyone know of any good lenses that are in the 110 price bracket that will deliver good optical performance and will they work on the Nikon D1X?

Thanks
Matt
rowarrior 11 4.4k 9 Scotland
28 Feb 2009 7:44PM

Quote:Should I look at another lens? If so does anyone know of any good lenses that are in the 110 price bracket that will deliver good optical performance and will they work on the Nikon D1X?



That, I'm afraid, I don't know as I'm a Canon user, but hopefully a nice Nikon user will be along shortly with some advice for you Smile
Emmog 10 38 1 England
28 Feb 2009 7:54PM
Thanks for the help rowarrior. It's very much appreciated.
Matt
Slippery_Jim 11 597 England
28 Feb 2009 8:03PM
Have a look on this page
Edit
You'll need to set the "Browse by price" option to "Up to 250"
Emmog 10 38 1 England
28 Feb 2009 8:43PM
Hi,
Thanks for the link. At the moment I have had a bit of a problem with one of my sigma lenses. It had an inbuilt motor and it had to be sent back to America twice. I have sort of lost confidence in Sigma. Are there any other brands that I could look at.

Thanks
Matt
Snapper Plus
14 4.4k 3 Scotland
28 Feb 2009 8:47PM
I think it depends on how close you want to get Matt. The D1X has a 1.5x magnification factor on the lens, so the Nikon 50mm 1.8 would act like a 75mm (not quite, but let's not open up a big debate!) and will focus down to 0.45 meters (1.5 feet) for under 100. A true macro lens will get closer than that, but I'm afraid the price will be way higher than 100.
kaybee 15 6.8k 26 Scotland
28 Feb 2009 9:02PM
Why restrict yourself to autofocus?

Mainly portrait and the occational macro at unde 110.
An old nikkor 55 micro (apart from autofocus) would fulfill your needs - it is a lovely, compact, relatively fast (f2.8) lens.

If you really want the autofocus then try looking at the Tamron 90mm macro.
Snapper Plus
14 4.4k 3 Scotland
28 Feb 2009 9:24PM
Roy's right about the manual lenses, and often you'll be manually focusing with macro anyway. The lens compatibility chart is on this page and I've seen the 55mm Micro-Nikkor at 112 in a shop, so worth looking out for.
Emmog 10 38 1 England
1 Mar 2009 9:09AM
Thanks for the help. I will have a look for the 55mm macro lens and the Tamron 90mm lens. I was having a look at the Nikon 70-300mm lens without VR. Would that work on my camera. I would couple it with a macro lens.

Thanks
Matt
Emmog 10 38 1 England
1 Mar 2009 3:40PM
Hi all,
I have found a Nikon 55mm lens on ebay. It's got the F/2.8 which I belive would make it better in low light. It's manual focus too. It's at about 44 but it's an auction style thing. Should I try my look? The only thig is that it says:

"Detailed photos show a bump on front rim of lens, filter threads work but are a bit tight." That's a quote from the seller.

Does that mean it's a bad lens or worth buying?

Thanks
Matt
Snapper Plus
14 4.4k 3 Scotland
1 Mar 2009 3:50PM
There is a Tamron 90mm finishing in about 4 minutes!!!
Emmog 10 38 1 England
1 Mar 2009 8:41PM
Hi Snapper,
Thanks for the info but I just missed it i think. Thanks for the help though.
Matt
Emmog 10 38 1 England
1 Mar 2009 9:20PM
Does anyone know if the Sigma 105mm macro lens is any good? Or if it will work on my camera? I ask the last question because I had a problem with a Sigma lens (70-300mm macro capability lens) from America and it has had to be sent back twice. The second time for a refund! Should I stick and keep looking at the Tamron 90mm or compare results from the 90mm Tamron alongside the Sigma 105mm?

Thanks
Matt


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