Lens for damselflies, dragonflies, butterflies ..

Started Jun 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Lens for damselflies, dragonflies, butterflies ..

sicherheit wrote:

I currently use the Nikkor 105mm VR on a D5100 to take most of my insect shots but need a bit more distance for the larger insects e.g. damselflies. I need to able to fill the frame as the main purpose is identification and I try to get whole insect in focus head to tail so that the markings can be seen, therefore needs to be sharp as well.

Looking at recommendations it would appear that Sigma 180mm or 150mm (with 1.4 TC) may be the way to go but the weight puts me off a bit as the majority of the images I take are hand held.

I was thinking that the Nikon 70-200mm f4 may be a viable alternative to dedicated macro lenses as I have used the Nikon 70-300mm but found that the results can be a bit soft especially between 200 and 300mm.

Any thoughts?


The 70-200mm f4 looks good on paper, close focussing 1M,  (1:3.6) Closer than the f2.8 and light.


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