Recommendations for Macro lens for Nikon D60 (and battery!)

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  1. Darthchaffinch

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    Any recommendations for a macro lens (have the 18-55 kit lens) for my D60 please?? Also need to get a spare battery, should I just get any old one?!?
    Thanks
     
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    What's your budget? What are you looking to take pictures of?
     
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    In the absence of further info - Tamron 90mm f2.8 if on a budget, Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR money no object.
     
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    Are you sure it's a Macro you need.
    I would have have thought a good prime would have been ideal. And possibly cheaper.

    Something like Nikons 50mm f1.8 maybe.
     
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    Don't touch the tamron 90mm with a barge pole if your looking to do any portrait stuff, it's really been designed for taking close up of flowers etc.

    Nikon 50 1.8 isnt' a bad suggestion although the cheaper version around £70 doesn't have a built in motor so no autofocus on the D60 sadly. Personally I think you might want to look at the tamron 17-50 2.8, very versatile lens and fast enough for portraits a good compromise and upgrade for your kit lens just need to make sure you buy one that has the built in motor for autofocus older second hand models may not.
     
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    What's the difference between a prime and macro lens?
    I used my bro-in-law's macro lens (~70-300 on his Nikin D90) for animal close ups and shots of my baby son which were excellent- would that have been a macro lens?
    My kit lens is 18-55mm, would that be any different to the 50 you mentioned??:confused:

    Thanks, I'm new too all this...!
     
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    I'm surprised at this comment dazza, I find the Tamron pretty good for portraits (admittedly not as nice as my Nikon 85mm f/1.8).
     
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    Prime lens is a lens of one focal length i.e. 50mm 1.8 that's all it does 50mm. the 70-300mm is a telephoto lens I don't have this on my 70-300mm but your Brother In Law's lens has a macro facility. What Macro lenses allow you to do is get much closer to your subject for focusing than a standard lens essentially. I could have only have taken this picture with my 90mm 2.8 as none of my other lenses would have allowed me to get this close to the subject and still focus :

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    For reference purposes this is taken further back to give you a sense of perspective how close the picture above was taken at

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    I helped a relative out at a wedding and we thought we'd give it a try during the wedding ceremony and the thing was hunting like nobody's business it was a nightmare we gave up with it in the end. Optically I can't fault it I imagine if you've sufficient light it would do a good job, I don't do portraits so maybe I shouldn't have passed that judgement on the lens :thumbsup:
     
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    I've heard good things about the 90mm Tamron as a portrait lens, but never used it...

    I have a Sigma 105mm and like it a lot.

    As for batteries, I recently bought a Phottix Titan from here and it certainly seems as good, if not better than the original Nikon...
     
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    Bit of a request but I'd be interested in seeing some portrait shots taken on the tamron 90mm, I'm going to a friends wedding on Saturday and I'm tempted to take this along as well.
     
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    Initially after a macro/prime(??) lens for close up shots like this pic; with a small depth of field as this image.

    This shot was with :
    Camera: Nikon D70
    Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
    Aperture: f/4.5
    Focal Length: 145 mm

    Do I actually need a macro lens for this kind of shot?!?
    Ta!
     

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    No you could get that picture with practically any lens I would say, that's not to say that it's a bad picture. If you look at the aperture used F4.5 most lenses would give you that, you only really start having to fork out more money when you take pictures at F2.8 or lower.

    EDIT :

    Apologies on closer inspection I think that could well have been taken with a Nikkor 70-200 2.8
     
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    Thanks dazza, so will my 18-55 kit lens be able to give images like this with a shallow depth of field?

    Edit: Am really after a lens for general zoom shots, mainly landscapes and kids running around outside- any ideas pls?? Ideally no more than £150! :)
     
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    Here you go, not a person portrait but you get the idea.
    The Tammy 90 is not the fastest focusing lens, but it is sharp and has great bokeh (bokeh = smooth out of focus area).

    [​IMG]
    Camera: Nikon D50
    Exposure: 1/4000 sec
    Aperture: f/4
    Focal Length: 90 mm
    ISO Speed: 200

    The Nikon 18-55 kit lens is also not bad at close up pics, but will not give such nice bokeh and you need to stop down to around f/8 to get sharpness.

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    Camera: Nikon D50
    Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
    Aperture: f/9
    Focal Length: 55 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
     

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