Nikon 30-110 3.8-5.6 lens

Started Mar 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
Paul Pasco
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Re: Nikon 30-110 3.8-5.6 lens

Apteryx6 wrote:

comoxbrit wrote:

Can a Nikon 5T or any diopter work on the above lens producing good macro images?

You might be better off starting with the 10-30mm lens rather than the 30-110. It appears to be the N1 lens with the greatest native maximum magnification, or at least of the 5 that I have. At its best magnification (at 30mm) it gets twice the magnification of the 30-110 at its best (110mm) and the 10mm and 18.5mm, all of which are similar. The 6.7-13mm offers least magnification of the 5.

When at its maximum magnification (30mm), the 10-30m is at its optical worst (as the 30-110 is at its maximum). If that is a concern, you might try the 18.5mm. The 30-110mm does of course provide the greatest distance from your subject, which may be useful for insects.

I don't know why, but close up lenses seem to work better, that is magnify more, on longer lenses than shorter. I just did a quick and dirty test (meaning quality be damned) of the 10-30, 30-110 and 18.5 without and with a Marumi +5. I focused as close as the combo would allow on a US quarter. Here's the result:

10-30 @30mm

10-30 @30mm + Marumi

30-110 @110mm

30-110 @110mm + Marumi


18.5 + Marumi

So as you can see the Marumi makes a huge difference in magnification with the 30-110 @ 110 compared to either the 10-30 or 18.5, even though the 10-30 by itself has the highest magnification by itself. Interesting, huh?

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