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Fisheye and Macro lens for D800 advice

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#1 voets



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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:51 AM

I'm going to upgrade from my sony a350 / ikelite kit to Nikon D800 / Hugyfot

Since this will be my first nikon camera I'd like to get some advice on which lenses to get.

I'd like to start with a fisheye and 60mm macro lens, since those are the ones I'm used to on Sony

For fisheye there's the Nikon 16mm f2.8 and the Sigma 15mm f2.8
Sigma is slightly cheaper and has closest focus of 15 cm versus 25 for the Nikon

For the macro I see the
Nikkor AF-S 60mm F/2.8 G Micro ED
Nikkor AF-D 60mm f/2.8 Micro
similar in pricing, both 1:1, one being just smaller than the other

there's also the Sigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro

any thoughts on the best combination?

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:08 AM

I would personally go with the sigma FE because of the close focus distance.
If you are used to a 60mm in your APS camera I would get a 105mmVR instead of a 60mm (as the angle of view would be somewhat the same)... If you are still decided to get a 60mm there are some things you need to know:

60mm AF-S: Does not grow when focusing, fast focusing, does not work with teleconverters.
60mm AF-D: Grows when focusing, slower focusing, works with TCs (1.4x and 2x...)

Both are very good in image quality.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:47 AM


I was just reading that the AF-S are the newer design lenses, and that the macro AF-S has a special focus motor. combined with the fact that it does not grow when focussing I think that will be my choice

I'm used to a 50mm macro on 1.5x cropfactor now, so that's like a 75mm macro full frame. Kind of inbetween the 60mm and 105mm for nikon

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:28 AM

I got a Nikon AFS after trying David's a few years ago. Alex

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