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Old 01-29-2012, 05:59 AM   #46
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Faster means that when the lens is set at the largest aperture (smallest number like f/1.2) it allows the most light into the sensor which in turn allows you to use a faster shutter speed. Very useful in low light situations or when you need fast shutter speeds to capture action. Generally, the faster the more expensive, kinda like cars...lol

50mm fixed, or prime means that your lens will be at 50mm all the time. It can not be adjusted. There are markings on your zoom lens. Set it to 50mm and look through it. That is were you will be at with the 50mm prime. There is also a minimum working distance with all lenses. Macro lets you get up very close. That is why they are best for taking very up close shots. A 50mm will not allow you to get up and person but you will be able to crop the photo to get that closeup shot.

Yeah, you will be able to get closer shots further away with the 90mm. That's the only advantage using a 90mm over a 60mm macro lens, it allows more space between you and your subject. That is useful when shooting things like insects that will take off if you get too close. When shooting something like a fish tank, focal length with a macro lens is not that important. Keep in mind though, a macro lens is an excellent prime lens that can be used for a lot more than just macros. Some of my best general shots have been with my 90mm Macro.

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Old 01-29-2012, 06:32 AM   #47
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if you look at you kit zoom lense it will have on it some thing like Fx.x-Fx.x this means that as you adjust the zoom the apature will change also, in a prime lense this will not happen.
This is why i suggested spending on a good 50mm prime and opting to get macro extention tubes (hollow tubes to extend the focal lenght of the lense) to go between it and the camera body thus mimicking a Macro lense at say 60/90/100mm depending which tube you use
as you put it with your kit lense at 50mm the field of view will be the same as the 50mm prime but the sharpness may not be.
it would be zoomed in not out (takes a little getting used to) small number = wide shot, big number = tight shot E.G. 24mm lense will give a wide angle shot and a 100mm lense will give a tight shot. to see this stand infront of you tank and look through the viewfinder and go from 15mm to 55mm and you will see what i mean.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:39 AM   #48
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Extension tubes work great. I want to get some for my 90mm so that I can get some more reach out of it. You can get really cheap ones or you can buy nicer ones that have contacts that allow your camera to still meter and work the AF though it's usually better to MF when doing macro. You can also reverse mount lenses for macro work but I think the tubes work much better.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:46 AM   #49
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All you Nikon representers stand up and claim your Nikon pimp club membership! Doesnt matter if its a DSLR or a Point and Shoot, we want YOU *points finger* to join the Nikon Pimp Club*! *and Coalition against Canon!

Figured this would make for a good Nikon thread in general as well, where we can share tips, info, ask questions, etc that are specific to Nikon cameras and the Nikon brand...

So go on and claim your membership number! I'm starting it at #001 with myself, and the membership number will go in order based on whoever joins next!

Oh yeah and don't forget, Nikon rules, Canon drools!
We need a list of the members. Those Canon fools are more organized...we need to get on the ball.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:50 AM   #50
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The HDR option on CS5 is really good. way better than it was on CS4. here's one example something I did a while back. Its not perfect, but still a good start.



Then i turned it into this



If buying a dedicated macro lens is a bit too pricey. you can always buy a reversing ring. Its about $7-10 shipped to your door from amazon. It allows you to attach any lens to your camera backwards turning it into a macro lens. The results are phenomenal. With this method you can zoom in really close to where it feels like your shooting pictures with a microscope. here are some example I've taken with my 18-55mm kit lens on backwards. only downside is you have to keep the aperture open manually.










Here are some microscopic pictures:

Pixels in a LCD monitor


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It's well worth the money
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:58 AM   #51
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I believe this is the current list




Nikon Pimp Club 001. TickleMyElmo
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:01 AM   #52
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Ugh, I tried to avoid this since it will be a pain to continually update, but hopefully, anybody new who joins will copy and paste this chart and just add themselves in so I don't have to hehe...I'll add it to the original post as well...

And make sure you put it in your sig or user title people! That way we can identify the friendlies in other threads hehe...

#001 - TickleMyElmo
#002 - SkyGrl
#003 - jahmic
#004 - scream-aim-fire
#005 - Moody636
#006 -Assassynation
#007 - Da Plant Man
#008 - zainey_04
#009 - AzFishKid
#010 - msjinkzd
#011 - manini
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*EDIT - I'm counting Da Plant Man in as an honorary member until he buys his dream Nikon. I know how it feels being young and not having money to buy all the cool stuff, so he's in since he likes Nikon so much, whether he has one or not! lol...
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:14 AM   #53
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http://stlouis.craigslist.org/pho/2798339907.html

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/pho/2815987500.html

Don't think this one will work because its not a V or VR lens, thought I read that somewhere.

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/pho/2811434841.html

Looks like a nice lot and ill bet I could work a heck of a deal for one of them...

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/pho/2811071590.html

Another nice one.

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/ele/2792264802.html

Why is this one so much more than the others?

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/pho/2741634553.html

Is this the same as the one above for 1/4th the price?

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/pho/2767877362.html

Is this the lens extender that was talked about in previous posts?

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/pho/2765492908.html

Sorry for all the links but I didn't think I would find this much stuff and some of these seem to be similar if not the same but the prices vary pretty significantly and all of them say they are in great shape, like new, not broken.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:49 PM   #54
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The first set of links to the Nikkor lenses, those are all older manual focus lenses. They should all work just fine on your camera but they are manual focus, no auto focus. In fact, they are probably very nice lenses that will be very sharp and clear.

The Sigma lens, you may need to research that one. Some third party lenses are great, some don't do so well. I can't comment on that one.

The next more costly Nikkor lens is because it's a fast (f/1.4) lens that is newer and AF. That's why it costs more. You can get it new for just a little more. Unless they dropped the price some, I wouldn't consider it.

The one for $110 is a good lens. That's the f/1.8 I was talking about. Referred to as the Thrifty Fifty because of it's great value. That is a good price for a brand new version of that lens.

Last one is not the extension tubes. That is a screw one filter that acts basically as a magnifying glass on the end of your lens. Stay away from it.
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This is the type of extention tube you should look for or something along those lines, they have no optics in them their sole purpose is to extend the focal lenght (putting more distance between the lense and the sensor which then allows you to get closer to the subject) look for the ones that carry the electrical contact through as this will enable the camera body to still meter light through the lense.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Opteka-Focus...867122&sr=8-10
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#005 - Moody636
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#008 - zainey_04
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I'm waiting to see who will be #18 - my Nikon counterpoint! lol

I got a good laugh out of the thread title, too ; )
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d 7000 here and an old f4 nikon all the way
no other can give such robust color when shot properly
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I'm waiting to see who will be #18 - my Nikon counterpoint! lol

I got a good laugh out of the thread title, too ; )
Lol, and yeah I thought the title was pretty funny lol...

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Congrats! You're #016!

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