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Old 07-14-2012, 10:21 PM   #466
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That is very, VERY debatable

All technical knowledge and fluff, the guy can't take a good picture to save his life...
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Another opinion :shrug:

I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder.
Here are three reviews on the very same lens - "Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR":

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Old 07-16-2012, 02:00 PM   #467
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Can I be #66? I have a D5000 with the 85mm micro. I just brought my camera back out and started "playing" with it again.Took this one yesterday.

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Old 07-16-2012, 06:46 PM   #468
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I have an old D40x lol
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:21 PM   #469
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I have a friend that had the D40x until she broke it. Ended up upgrading to the D90. She wanted her D40x back....LOL She got amazing macros with it with just a 55-200 lens. The D40x is a great camera.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:38 PM   #470
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Can I join?
Sorry no fish or shrimp pics with my Nikon D60 just yet...

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Taken with a Nikon D60 55-300mm Zoom lens
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:04 PM   #471
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Amy that shrimp picture is awesome!
Ryc I love the hummingbird! the blurr in the wings is epic!
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:37 PM   #472
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i wanna join lol, my wife and i have a nikon d40. i will post some pics my wife took of my bolivian ram some day
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:09 AM   #473
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Just bought a D5100, what are some good starting points? Sorry if its been asked, I can't search very well on my phone.
Great! You can be #068!

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Can I be #66? I have a D5000 with the 85mm micro. I just brought my camera back out and started "playing" with it again.Took this one yesterday.
Sure, welcome aboard #066!


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I have an old D40x lol
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Can I join?
Sorry no fish or shrimp pics with my Nikon D60 just yet...

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i wanna join lol, my wife and i have a nikon d40. i will post some pics my wife took of my bolivian ram some day
Sweet, the d40 is a classic! You can be #071!


Man, we have so many more members than that piddly Canon club And they say Canon has the largest market share...apparently not so true on TPT! lol...
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:26 PM   #474
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Awesome will add that to my signature when I get on my laptop.
What's a good macro lens for the d5100? I want to shoot close pictures of my shrimp, and only want to spend $300-$400 if possible.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:20 AM   #475
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Awesome will add that to my signature when I get on my laptop.
What's a good macro lens for the d5100? I want to shoot close pictures of my shrimp, and only want to spend $300-$400 if possible.
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No such thing in that price range. There is the 60mm macro, and the 85mm macro, but with the 60mm the subject needs to be within an inch or two of the front element, and the 85mm has sloppy optics (not the best quality) and the subject has to be 5.5 inches from the front element for macro magnification. The only acceptable choice for any decent sized aquarium would be the 105mm 2.8 Macro which gives you about 12.5 inches of space from the front element to the subject, but thats $900.

Plus, frankly, even with the lens, you'd still need a speedlite/flash mounted off camera to get even semi-decent results, which would be another $80-350 minimum for the flash, plus you'd need a remote trigger for the flash...

Simply put, you need a much larger budget to really get into macro photography. One does not simply walk into Mordor with $400 and expect to get great macro shots lol...

Of course, thats for actually semi-decent macro shots. I know one of you is going to post a picture taken with their macro lens and you're going to be all "NO Elmo not true see I took this awesomE!!1! macro shot with my macro lens see" and its going to be some picture that I would consider absolutely horrible. But hey, some people think a fuzzy underexposed picture of a blurry shrimp is awesome because they wouldn't know enough to know the difference between their shot and an actual good one, so it really depends on your standards...
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:33 AM   #476
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No such thing in that price range. There is the 60mm macro, and the 85mm macro, but with the 60mm the subject needs to be within an inch or two of the front element, and the 85mm has sloppy optics (not the best quality) and the subject has to be 5.5 inches from the front element for macro magnification. The only acceptable choice for any decent sized aquarium would be the 105mm 2.8 Macro which gives you about 12.5 inches of space from the front element to the subject, but thats $900.

Plus, frankly, even with the lens, you'd still need a speedlite/flash mounted off camera to get even semi-decent results, which would be another $80-350 minimum for the flash, plus you'd need a remote trigger for the flash...

Simply put, you need a much larger budget to really get into macro photography. One does not simply walk into Mordor with $400 and expect to get great macro shots lol...

Of course, thats for actually semi-decent macro shots. I know one of you is going to post a picture taken with their macro lens and you're going to be all "NO Elmo not true see I took this awesomE!!1! macro shot with my macro lens see" and its going to be some picture that I would consider absolutely horrible. But hey, some people think a fuzzy underexposed picture of a blurry shrimp is awesome because they wouldn't know enough to know the difference between their shot and an actual good one, so it really depends on your standards...
Awesome, that's actually the type of response I was looking for. I would really love to be able to take excellent macro, so I guess I will have to save up.
On another note, what's a good lens for farther distance for action shots? I'm not talking super far, but possibly double to triple the zoom capability of the stock lens. Nothing professional grade, just an active hobbyist grade shot, I would really love to get in to photography, I might take a class this fall.
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:18 AM   #477
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Awesome, that's actually the type of response I was looking for. I would really love to be able to take excellent macro, so I guess I will have to save up.
On another note, what's a good lens for farther distance for action shots? I'm not talking super far, but possibly double to triple the zoom capability of the stock lens. Nothing professional grade, just an active hobbyist grade shot, I would really love to get in to photography, I might take a class this fall.
You could look into the Nikon 55-300, although its relatively new and I can't vouch for image quality. I've heard nothing but good things about the Nikon 70-300, its an FX lens but that just means it'll be even better on your DX camera since you'll only be using the center "prime spot" of the lens...

Feel free to take a class, but you can learn just as much just from reading and watching videos on the internet. Some people learn better in a classroom environment though, so by all means take a class if that's your learning style. But be forewarned, a lot of classes are really just crappy and you don't end up learning much that you couldn't read on the internet. Personally I never got a formal education in photography, and I'm doing just fine lol...
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The pictures of the two birds in my post above were taken with a 55-300mm Nikon. I absolutely love the lens for the price. I got it refurbished on Amazon.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:04 PM   #479
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I'm sorry. I didn"t know you wanted shots of what a 85mm can do. Sorry I have to direct you to my expired flickr account but my darling children left my external drive at school with my photo's on it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46721570@N08/5981847163/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46721570@N08/5946290470/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46721570@N08/5915520770/

Here's one with my 70-300.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46721570@N08/5869594575/

Now I really don't expect anybody to tell me my photography is awesome!!! I am a middle of the road photographer, with middle of the road equipment, and middle of the road skills. As far as macro lens goes, I personally don't think the 85 is all that bad if thats all you can afford. I totally agree that the 60mm you would have to be to close to your subject. Just remember that Nikon lenses don't deppreciate all that much. One can always sell it and use those funds to upgrade when the better glass is more affordale to you. I may never be able to afford the 105 and I really don't care. I have fun with my 85 and that is all that matters to me. My photography is for my enjoyment. I would like to thank you for informing me that my camera and equipment will never take a decent shrimp shot. I'll quit trying.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:24 PM   #480
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BTW, I forgot to add that all of the above shots were hand held. I hate tripods!!!
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