nikon 80-200 f 2.8 or sigma 70-200 f2.8

Started Nov 15, 2012 | Questions thread
dwa1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,751
MFD should not be overlooked.

As another poster indicated, MFD is an important consideration. The lenses that you are considering tend to require a MFD (minimum focus distance) of about 5 feet. For food shots, you may not have that kind of distance between the subject and the lens.

You could get around this by using extension tubes. They are "hollow" tubes (no glass) that mount between the lens and the camera. Many photogs use the Kenko tubes available as a set of 3 sizes. You can "stack" multiple tubes which has the effect of greater magnification. In general, depending on the extension tube(s) used, this will require the lens to be well within 1.5 feet of the subject. This also means that the lens will not focus on subjects within it's "normal range" (more than 5 feet away).

Most photogs use macro lenses for close-up work. Until your budget allows, the extension tubes will provide a low cost alternative.

Good luck with your lens purchase.


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