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12/13/2010 03:50:48 PM · #1
I have a D5000 with the kit lens. When I take pictures of fruit for instance, I can't really get close enough for the photo I want. When I crop, the picture "looks" great, but I go down from a 3 MB pic to a 575 KB picture, which is useless.

Any ideas to get what I want without loosing so much picture?

Any recomendations for a lens that can handle what I want, without it costing more than $300 and being a crappy made lens?

Looking at lenses make me dizzy, between all the numbers / f-stops and the prices.

Thank-you to all who took the time to read this, and thank-you to all who reply!

Mom
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12/13/2010 03:59:02 PM · #2
best deal out there on a Nikon lens...I love this lens and you can't beat the price! just check out the reviews :-)

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DOH!...just read the autofocus doesn't work with the D5000!

This has a lot of good reviews...and should work with your camera...but temporarily unavailable at B&H...

//www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/606792-USA/Nikon_2183_AF_S_Nikkor_35mm_f_1_8G.html

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12/13/2010 04:01:31 PM · #3
Which kit lens came with your camera? The 18-55?
12/13/2010 04:02:00 PM · #4
You can get a set of extension tubes to use with your existing lenses. What extension tubes do is to change the close focusing distance so you can get closer. A set of 3 Kenko tubes costs about $165. You can find much cheaper ones on Ebay, but those will not have the electrical connections for focus and exposure.
12/13/2010 04:08:44 PM · #5
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12/13/2010 04:23:13 PM · #6
You could also get a VR-less 70-300mm (Sigma, Tamron or Nikon) for around $150. Sigma and Tamron have capable macro settings as well. With your crop factor and at 300mm, you could get close to your fruit from down the block.
12/13/2010 04:30:32 PM · #7
i have the AF-S 35mm and its a great lens and well under your 300$ marker,
also id consider the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX (VR) i have one of theses and i love it as well with this lens you would be extending your zoom range,
ya its a F4/5.6 but the VR helps a bit there, as for what your looking to do well you wont be able to say get closer physically to your subject you will have the zoom to get in close, usually if im out and about if i dont have my wide angle on i have this on my camera.this might be a better opt for you if you have the 18-55 to extend your full amount to 18-200 covering all with a switch of a lens, both are under 300$ and will work for your camera or like what was said already look into getting some extension tubes to add on.
12/14/2010 11:58:32 AM · #8
Wow! Thank-you everybody so much! Gives me lots of options to look into!!!

Mom
marynate.blogspot.com
12/14/2010 01:12:20 PM · #9
One other excellent way to get excellent macro for less than $200 with your Nikon is to buy an older "Ai" version of the 55mm Micro Nikkor on eBay, Amazon or one of the other on line places. If you are shooting macro up close, autofocus is not always necessary, when you can just move the camera in or out a tiny bit and have focus exactly where you want it.
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Another good option for an older lens is to get the "Ai" model of the Vivitar 70-210 f3.5 Macro Focusing Zoom. Many of them sell for $100 or less because they were very popular when they were new and a lot of them are still out there. The earlier versions with the plain rubber focus/zoom ring are impressive glass for both macro and telephoto, and can focus down to 2.5 to 1 in the macro mode.

All of these lens options are full manual everything with the D5000, as with the old Fuji S3 that I use. You will have to understand how to shoot full manual, and use the LCD chimping metering system, but you can get some great macro with either lens.
12/23/2010 10:13:44 AM · #10
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

One other excellent way to get excellent macro for less than $200 with your Nikon is to buy an older "Ai" version of the 55mm Micro Nikkor on eBay, Amazon or one of the other on line places. If you are shooting macro up close, autofocus is not always necessary, when you can just move the camera in or out a tiny bit and have focus exactly where you want it.


second this definately, I bought a 55mm micro f/3.5 Ai'D for £70
It is quite literally tack sharp, and after you use it for a bit you get pretty good at guessing the correct exposure, couple it with a cheap second hand M2 or PK3 adapter and you'll go right down to 1:1
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