Best macro setup for FF cameras like D800
Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:22 PM
I am looking for a good macro setup to my D800. What have you guys tried and what did really work? I am talking about reall macro, not fish portrait. I am aiming for pygme seahorses, fish eggs, details on nudi´s and so on.
Pls give some advice!
Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:27 PM
Canon 7d, Nauticam, Lots of glass, Olympus OMD-EM5, Nauticam, 60 macro, 45 macro, 8 mm fisheye, Inon, S&S, Athena Strobes plus lots of fiddly bits.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:27 PM
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:56 PM
Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:41 AM
Nikon D800E, D800, Subal ND800, Inon Z240, ULCS with StiX floats
Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:24 AM
Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:32 AM
The best super macro setup I have used with the D800 is the 105mm VR with the Nikon 2x TC III. Then adding a Subsee +5 if needed. The latest Nikon's focus well with the 2x TC, so I am using that more and more and the 1.7x TC less and less.
Thank Alex! Do you have any picture to show from this setup? How fast is the autofocus and what is the workingdistans? Do you think its big different if I use my Kenko 2x PRO 300 telekonverter compared with Nikon? In means of sharpness and autofocus.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:43 AM
The AF-S is slower (and you loose some points and things like 3D tracking), but very useable on the D800. I tend to use AF-ON focus for super macro anyway.
A couple of the shots in this D800 gallery on my website were shot with the converter - although everything looks good at screen res:
Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:30 AM
The use of teleconverters, does not make the focus slower?
(i have 2 tc, one from nikon, (TC-20E III Teleconverter) heavier and do not fit in 60mm, and is much slower comparing with the kenko 2x teleplus pro 300 dgx, i think that does not compromise the quality of the zoomed image..)
Nikon D80; Nikon D300; Nikon D800E - Patima PDCH-D80 // Subal ND300 // Subal ND800
Inon Z-240x5 - 105mm VR // 10,5mm // 17-55mm // 16-85mm VR // 10-17mm // 60mm // 4.5mm //17-35mm
Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:16 AM
Alex, did you do any 2:1 shots with the 105 + 2x TC? My guess is that you'll have to lock the focus and then focus manually, or do you use a strong focus light?
Nikon D800, D800E, Hugyfot housing, 15 mm fisheye, 16-35 mm WA, 105mm VR Macro, 60 mm Macro, Subsee +5 an +10 wet diopters, Inon Z-240 strobes (3x), Inon float arms, Nauticam armclamps, Bigblue and Inon focus lights.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:49 AM
My solution (on a D-300) is a 105vr with a +10 sub see so I suspect that adding a Nikon 1.7 or 2.0 T/C would be about the same on a modern FF that autofocuses better than my D-300.
I have a Sigma 150 and plan to use it mostly for subjects that won't let me get close enough as opposed to using it for 1:1 or super macro and I hope I will get equivilent supermacro shots to the 105/subsee.
PS: When shooting Pigmys I have my dive buddy shine a small flashlight on the subject from behind. This illuminates the subject enough for me to find it easily in my magnified viewfinder and causes the Pigmy to turn away from the light in my direction.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:12 AM
I assume that you need something relatively strong.
The worst case is of course when the Lense is at 1:1, due to the higher than f2.8 at that magnification.
Nikon D800, Nikon 60, 105, 16-35, Sigma 15, Nauticam D800, Zen 230mm, Subsee +5 & +10, 2*INON Z240