macro lens for beginner
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26-09-10, 11:18 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
If you didn't want to spend a fortune on a macro lens, then you might want to consider the older MF macro lenses.
You can pick up a Tamron Adaptall 2 mount SP90mm f/2.5 with extension tube for around £100.The majority of macro work is performed in manual focus anyway, so if you want it purely for that purpose then you probably won't miss the AF.
I had the same lens which I used on an Olympus E-510 with an adapter. I would have kept it for the Nikon D90 that I now have but, there is no metering on the D90 body and so sold it in favour of the AF version. For posed portraits the Tamron SP90 is a stunningly sharp lens, too sharp even.
Some other excellent old manual focus lenses include
Vivitar Series 1 90mm
You can also pick up the Sigma 105mm and Tamron AF SP90 on ebay used for £200+. I picked up my mint condition, 3 month old copy for £200.
Personally, I wouldn't go any shorter than 90mm because if you are trying to photograph insects, you will probably cause them to fly off before you can get close enough.
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