Which macro solution for FX?

Started May 21, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Which macro solution for FX?
May 21, 2010

Firstly, apologies if this is going over old ground, I have searched but not really found the info I'm looking for.

I am wondering what the best macro solution is for photographing still lifes of clothing and shoes on FX, mostly in a small studio. I have a studio set up and lighting and I have shot these things before without dedicated macro gear, but sometimes come up against problems such as max reproduction ratio, not being able to get in close enough and some of my lenses not stopping down beyond f16.

So with a view to doing more of these macro shots and developing into more advanced stuff including some detail crop shots, I'd be very grateful if anyone could give me any advice on what to buy. If it means a dedicated macro lens I only have the budget for one lens.

My current camera and lenses:
D700, 35 f2, 50 1.8, 85 1.8, 135 f2, 180 f2.8

Options I am considering so far:
Kenko extension tube set
Nik 60 afs
Nik 105 afs
Tam 90
Sig 150
Sig 105

Any pointers would be very much apreciated!

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