09-09-2008, 08:45 PM #1
i need advice on a macro lens for my camera
I don't know much about cameras but i have a Nikon D40 and would like a lens that will let me take extreme close up pictures. I have an 18-55 lens on it now and if i try to get too close to the subject it fights to focus until i back away.
I want to be able to take good clear close up pics like this but much clearer/sharper
If anyone has any lens recommendations i would love to hear them.
09-09-2008, 08:55 PM #2
09-09-2008, 09:00 PM #3
09-09-2008, 09:44 PM #4
jerry most digital cameras have a button on them that allows you to take pics less tan five feet away from them. it looks like a little flower. i use it all the time on my digitals.
09-09-2008, 09:57 PM #5
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Try to play with the lighting. Once it can focus on a different part, then you can get closer...
09-09-2008, 10:14 PM #6
09-09-2008, 10:41 PM #7
Jerry you might try the Nikon 18-55mm II... I think this is the one that came with my D70S, Ken Rockwell has some sample shots from this lens on a D40, here's the link, just scroll down to MACRO...
Keep in mind, depth of field will be very limited in macro work. If you look at the shot you took, you will notice one part of the gear is in focus but the back is soft, this has nothing to do with your lens it's your limited depth of field. Because of the zero depth of field, you need the smallest aperture possible, practice and read you manual regarding macro settings. Here is another good article form Ken Rockwell that may help you, he talks about lens options here too...
You can always back off a little, which allows you to shoot the object with more depth of field, then crop into the image in Photoshop---if you shoot on the highest resolution you should be able to get a very good close up even from a non-macro shot. Experiment a little and see what happens. Hope this helps...
09-09-2008, 10:48 PM #8
That is real good info. Thanks very much for the links.
09-09-2008, 11:09 PM #9
You might want to try a screw-on adaptor before buying a $300+ lens. Like this:
They allow you to get in close and maintain focus. Btw, turn off your autofocus and use a couple of clamp-on worklights to illuminate the subject.
09-09-2008, 11:16 PM #10
Actually the Nikon 18-55mm II is not too bad, the links on Rockwell's article have it for about 115.00 with USA warrnty. But you might want to check your camera Jerry---it's possible you are already using the 18-55mm on your current D40, so you may not need to buy anything. As I say, sometimes it just takes a little practice and understanding the depth of field settings on your camera. Food for thought...
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