What are you using for macro photography?

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Re: What are you using for macro photography?
In reply to Nate8833, Jun 14, 2013

I use the Pentax 645A 120mm (78mm equivalent) Macro with "No Glass" adapter, F4.0, old school Manual only.

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Do microscopes count?
In reply to Nate8833, Jun 14, 2013

In my previous response, I neglected to mention that I've been playing with an Amscope 3.5-90x low power trinocular scope and a Nikon V1 with 1:1 relay lens.  Optical quality is "meh," but it's a lot of fun getting really close-up.
Another person using a Pentax 645 120mm macro in the Nikon forum?  What are the odds?

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Re: macro photography? Nikon 200, Sony NEX, Wild Photomakroskop, Takumar 100
In reply to Nate8833, Jun 14, 2013

Insects and flowers In the field:  Nikon D800, nikon 200/4 AF-D Micro, Sigma 150/2.8 Macro

Also experimenting with NEX6 with old SuperTakumar 100/4 SMC macro  with Novoflex rotating collar on the lens adapter

In the field for butterflies - d800 or D3  with 70-200 /4 Nikon AFS sometimes on tubes sometimes with 1.4x.  New setup this year - looks very promising

In the field for higher magnifications : Zeiss Luminar 63mm and 40mm on tubes.  The NEX is nice as it has focus peaking and electronic first curtain shutter settings for minimal vibration

rotating tripod collar on all field setups  - makes a huge difference for me.   Add Nikon PN11 where needed to get this capability with some lenses

in the lab for higher magnification I use a Nex7 mounted on an old Wild M400 photomakroskop with 1:6 APO zoom that gets up to about 50x.   Lighting with fiber optic/halogen sources for brightfield, darkfield, incident, and incident ringlight

Macro is my thing......

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In reply to Leonard Migliore, Jun 14, 2013

I really envy that MP-E lens on Nikon's lineup. Truly amazing piece of engineering!

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In reply to Glen78, Jun 14, 2013

Glen78 wrote:

The newest models (D600 definitely and I believe D4, D800, D7100, maybe the D5200) have an option for up to a 3 second exposure delay (option d10 on mine). When used in conjunction with mirror lockup the first click of the shutter (or remote) locks up the mirror and the second click starts the 3 second delay before exposure. Should solve the problem you are describing without resorting to the dark side.

It's good to hear that Nikon's fixing the ghastly live view implementation that my D300 has. But it still doesn't have an electronic first shutter curtain like Canon and (gasp!) Sony. And has Nikon fixed the auto stopdown in live view? That's another piece of grief. Fortunately, I use an AI Micro Nikkor for close-up/copy work and I can set the aperture anywhere I want. I like to focus at f/4 and then stop down to whatever the image requires.

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Re: Sigma 150 f2.8
In reply to dwa1, Jun 14, 2013

The new Sigma 180 looks awesome... although it is bigger, heavier, and more expensive than the 150.  Most reviews suggest it is one of the sharpest lenses ever made, but a few user reports here seem to suggest that the 150 might actually be sharper wide open.

Any other first-hand comments on how these compare would be appreciated...

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Sigma 150 /2.8 Macro & Tokina 35 f/2.8 Macro on D300S
In reply to Nate8833, Jun 14, 2013

For macro I am currently using Sigma 150 /2.8 Macro & Tokina 35 f/2.8 Macro mounted on my D300S.

Eventually I am also using Canon 500D filter mounted on Nikkor 12-24 f/4.

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Re: Do microscopes count?
In reply to Michael Benveniste, Jun 14, 2013

Not very well in my experience... the microscope I have here can count up to about three; but, then usually forgets the next number...  

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

Larry

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Leon Obers
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Enlarger lenses
In reply to Michael Benveniste, Jun 15, 2013

Enlarger lenses on a Nikon PB-4 bellows, with tilt/shift movements.

Specially the Rodenstock APO Rodagon lenses (105mm) do have a good quality when used in tilt/shift positions by their good sharpness and micro-contrast at borders / corners in this position.

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D7000 w/ 60mm micro version G
In reply to Nate8833, Jun 15, 2013
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In reply to Osvaldo Cristo, Jun 15, 2013

Osvaldo Cristo wrote:

For macro I am currently using Sigma 150 /2.8 Macro & Tokina 35 f/2.8 Macro mounted on my D300S.

Nice lenses, although if I had Nikon I would prefer the Nikkor 40mm f2.8 DX micro over that 35mm Tokina, for its smooth bokeh.

Eventually I am also using Canon 500D filter mounted on Nikkor 12-24 f/4.

Odd... I do not think a close up lens will do much at all on a wide angle. Close up diopters are worthwhile on tele lenses, not wide angles...

Better idea is to get a 12mm (or a bit less) extension tube, and use it at 24mm or thereabouts.

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Zeiss 100mm f/2 Macro Planar
In reply to Nate8833, Jun 15, 2013

Just an amazing top lens, as I can't see a macro work with AF!

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Re: Zeiss 100mm f/2 Macro Planar
In reply to Ray Soares, Jun 15, 2013

Great photo. I like the 3D quality.

Question about the Zeiss lens. How would you compare it to the Nikon 105 F2.8 micro lens?  I am debating between the two.

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In reply to Nate8833, Jun 16, 2013

Paid around $100 last year. For the money, I love it.

I also like "the look" from Nikon 35-70 f2.8 in macro mode but it doesn't magnify as much as Vivitar as cost at least four time more. Here is an example; this is pretty much as close as you can get (I think the distance from the lens was approximately the same as Vivitar above).

Here is Vivitar lens; it looks and feels very nice:

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Re: What are you using for macro photography?
In reply to Nate8833, Jun 16, 2013

Nate8833 wrote:

Just curious... what is everyone using for macro photography? I have the D7000, and I'll add a macro lens eventually.

I use the Nikkor 105 f/2.8 VR with my D7000.  Extremely sharp lens!!  Not cheap, but well worth the investment.  I recently also purchased a macro rail ('Velbon' Mag Slider) to try focus-stacking.

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Re: Zeiss 100mm f/2 Macro Planar
In reply to sjprintz, Jun 16, 2013

You can't be wrong with either

I just prefer the color rendering of Zeiss and IMO it has a bit softer transition regarding its bokeh (which is amazing!!!).

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Re: What are you using for macro photography?
In reply to Daisy AU, Jun 17, 2013

Zeiss 100mm F2 and I have just acquired the Sigma 180F2.8 

The Zeiss is a stunning lens, though only goes to 1:2 and MF only of course, early days on the Sigma .........seems sharp enough, the OS, AF, rotating collar and extra reach will come in handy, though a bit heavy with the D800E on the back, just set up a home made flash bracket on a King Cobra, heavy to carry about but very easy and stable to use once set up.

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