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Old 04-16-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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Which would you buy?


I'm having a little trouble getting good aquarium pics out of my Nikon D300.

This is partly a problem of tank location and lens availability.

I currently have:

18-200 VR f/3.5-5.6
AF-S 50 f/1.8

I'll first say that I am terrible at low-light photography. I just haven't had a lot of practice.

I can get close to the tank with the 18-200, but it's still pretty slow.
With the 50, I have to back up through a doorway to get the tank in frame.

I've tried every (seemingly) combination of ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation to get it right. Even with the filter turned off, my fish are blurry (neon streaks!)

I think it comes down to: I need a faster lens that I can get closer to the tank with (and get more light).

I'm looking at (but feel free to suggest something else):

AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G

Since I don't have a macro lens yet, I would love to get in the game with Nikon's least expensive macro. But will it work well for my aquarium photos? Anyone have this lens and can give me a good review?

Thanks.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:30 PM   #2
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Not sure about the 40mm focal length though. I love my 90mm, I don't think I could use a 40mm. Like xmas suggested, add more lights over the tank while shooting or invest in a speedlight. The SB600 works great and isn't too much. I paid $100 for mine used.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:51 PM   #3
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I do have an SB-600, but to be honest, I have only used it for its softening effect taking pictures at family events.

Oh well...I have put off learning about Flash Commander mode long enough. Thanks for the advice.

I still want a macro lens though.

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Old 04-17-2013, 02:07 AM   #4
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I do have an SB-600, but to be honest, I have only used it for its softening effect taking pictures at family events.

Oh well...I have put off learning about Flash Commander mode long enough. Thanks for the advice.
If you are going to use the built-in flash as a trigger, consider the
SG-3IR SG-3IR
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I still want a macro lens though.
Since you already have a 18-200 zoom lens, you can use it with a close-up lens (such as the
Raynox DCR-150 Raynox DCR-150
) to get a magnification higher than that from a macro lens.

However, unlike a macro lens, a close-up lens does not allow you to focus to infinity. For example, the DCR-150 won't allow you to focus on anything more than 8 inches away from the lens (regardless of your zoom setting). So even if you have the lens right at the front of a tank of more than 8 inches deep, you won't be able to focus on anything at the back of the tank. A less powerful close-up lens will allow you to focus further way, but you will get less magnification.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:40 AM   #5
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Thanks, zdnet!

I had a few cash back dollars left on my Discover card, so I bought the SG-31R.

I have too many hobbies haha. I just can't keep up with them all.
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