Macro options?

Started Sep 5, 2011 | Discussions thread
Bilgy_no1
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Re: May I just comment...?
In reply to Michael J Davis, Sep 7, 2011

Michael J Davis wrote:

jeffharris wrote:

Mark Thornton wrote:

Bilgy_no1 wrote:

Sigma has two 4/3 macros 105mm and 150mm both f/2.8,

Unfortunately neither those is still available new and seem rare on ebay.

Check http://www.keh.com ...

I have a Nikon 60mm f2.8D macro lens. It's big, but extremely sharp. The only problem i have with it is the focus ring turning distance is a bit short, so there's not much play in it and getting the right focus can be a bit challenging.

... I was always taught, and found it to be valuable advice, that it's best to focus at macro disatnces by altering the camera-subject distance. Turning the focus ring changes both the effective lens-subject and lens-sensor distance simulatneously in opposite directions, thus changing both the focus and the magnification.

I bought a neat rack & pinion macro stand from HK for around £30 (say $40) a few years ago, and it works well!

I agree completely! That's why the first option I mentioned was:

Yes, wait a while and get a good MF macro lens in the meantime: OM 50mm f/3.5 or something like that. It will be cheap, good and you might not even want anything else.

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