cheaper macro lens instead of $1000 Nikon

Started Jul 16, 2013 | Questions thread
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Cliff Fujii
Cliff Fujii Veteran Member • Posts: 4,643
Re: cheaper macro lens instead of $1000 Nikon

Are you sure you need a macro lens?  If you have a 50mm, you can spend $40 and purchase a reversing ring.  Put your 50mm on you camera backwards and you have a great close-up lens.  Of course, you would have to set everything by hand but it's not really hard to do.  If you are interested in do macro photography later, then I would recommend either the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G micro Nikkor or the Nikon 105mm f/2.8D micro Nikkor.  I have used extension tubes, bellows (with an EL Nikkor lens), close up lens, and reversed lens and by far, the reversed lens is great for those on a budget.  There is little distortion like you would get with a close-up lens and you get great magnification.

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