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Recommend a good performing budget macro


synaesthesia 17 389 England
17 Nov 2005 12:59AM
Having had no luck with extension tubes, I've decided to just buy a macro lens instead. Not fussy on brand, but would like a short(ish) minumum focusing distance (around 30cm mark or less?) and doesn't have to be zoom. 90/100mm or there abouts would be fine.

Is there anyone already using a budget macro who can give advice?

Thanks.
Pete 20 18.8k 97 England
17 Nov 2005 1:14AM
The only budget one around is the Cosina/Vivitar 100mm...tested in our equipment test section...unless you buy second hand and then the Tamron 90mm takes some beating.
synaesthesia 17 389 England
17 Nov 2005 1:15AM
Yeah cheers Pete. Was just looking at the Tamron.

Will check the review on the cosina now.
synaesthesia 17 389 England
17 Nov 2005 1:21AM
Hmm. Didnt really fill me with confidence that review Pete.

Don't sigma do one?

I like Sigma, me.
synaesthesia 17 389 England
17 Nov 2005 1:30AM
Anybody used one of these? Jessops do them for 109

SIGMA 28-135mm f3.8/5.6 ASPHERICAL MACRO
ngeeves 18 118 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2005 1:53AM
yes I had one of them it's a nice little lens with good results but I moved over to the canon 100mm due to the Sigma breaking after a year of heavy use and the price of the canon (second hand) I could not refuse Smile

Nick.
spaceman 17 5.3k 3 Wales
17 Nov 2005 2:42AM
Why have you had no luck with extension tubes?
synaesthesia 17 389 England
17 Nov 2005 4:18AM
I ordered them from jessops. I phoned up to specifically ask if they worked with the d70. They said yes.

I paid and they took 2 weeks to arrive.

Guess what?

Thats right.
ian walker 17 717 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2005 4:44AM
what happened?
sillyconguru 17 4.4k
17 Nov 2005 4:57AM
The Jessops extension tubes do work with the D70. Well, they fit (AF and metering cease to function though).
cambirder 17 7.2k England
17 Nov 2005 5:04AM

Quote:SIGMA 28-135mm f3.8/5.6 ASPHERICAL MACRO


Dispite the name it is not a true macro lens, in fact no zooms are. Go foe a prime. I seem to remember a recent post about Jessops doing the older design Sigma 105 Macro for around 150 so have a search fot that
tepot 17 4.4k United Kingdom
17 Nov 2005 5:08AM
i use the Tamron, it's a beaut! extension tubes are the way to go if you can't afford a true macro, i use the Kenko's, they retain full functionality of the camera, auto exposure anyway, i havn't tried auto focus as i rarely use this feature, especially with macro shots.
ian walker 17 717 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2005 5:41AM
autofocus probably wont work because of the light fall off due to the tubes.
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2005 5:44AM
AF and metering works on Canons with the tubes from Jessops. I think the Nikon ones are missing the contacts.

The AF problem you tend to get is that pas a cetain tube length, the focusing sense reverses, and this tends to upset the camera. But when you are that close focusing becomes a manual thing anyway.

Metering and lens stopping down remains.
cambirder 17 7.2k England
17 Nov 2005 9:37AM

Quote:Autofocus probably wont work because of the light fall off due to the tubes



Quote:AF and metering works on Canons with the tubes from Jessops. I think the Nikon ones are missing the contacts


For macro work I would not worry about AF, MF should be used at all times.

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