View Full Version : nikon lense help

12-16-2008, 01:03 PM
I like the Nikon D80 but am having a hard time in my area finding a good quality camera shop to assist me on my lens needs. Byron if you are reading I know that you to are a Nikon fan. I want to be able to take macro shots of flies that members of our club tie and just macro shots in general. Perfect example is the excellent quality that Byron has on this catalog site (hooks & flies). I have a photography forum but these guys go way over my head and seem to act afraid of telling trade secrets. I am not in any buisness I just want good quality macro pictures. Any help will be appreciated.

I am sorry But I need to clarify this a little better I noticed. Byron had said earlier in another posting that he used a nikor 60mm 2.8 lens. However I am being told I need that and something called a 1/1 life lens that takes away the built in multiplier. This is why I am confused. Can I just simply use the lense that Byron refered to with no other attachments?

12-16-2008, 01:13 PM

I have taken some test shots with and know some guys who use the Nikkor-Micro AF-S 105mm f/2.8. It is razor sharp and works well for general purpose shots as well. However, it is quite pricey, around $700. If you don't require an autofocus, I hear good things about the Sigma AF 105mm f/2.8 macro lens, and it is about half the price. Actually the Sigma may autofocus with your D80, depends on whether the camera has an internal focus motor. I know the D40 and D60 don't. Macro lenses aren't cheap.

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12-16-2008, 01:32 PM
sweet. My D80 has an auto focus in the body. So I can use this lense you speak of with no other attachments. Is there a special setting I have to go into to take macro shots?

12-16-2008, 01:38 PM
ChemEangler I checked out your blog. You have some nice photos. I to am an engineer and know exactly what you mean. Your photos and post I have enjoyed several times. Thanks. Your next photos should be your new addition and christmas. Congradulations on the baby.

12-16-2008, 02:03 PM
Thanks for the compliments. I was planning on putting up our family Christmas picture soon.

Regarding your D80, you shouldn't have to adjust anything on the camera. Just pick a shooting mode, I would recommend either A (aperture priority) or S (shutter priority). I occasionally use the M (full manual) mode when the others are fussy, typically under low light conditions.

Is there a Wolf Camera or any other camera store nearby. I frequently take my D40 by the local Wolf Camera and they let me take some test shots with their lenses to take home and analyze to see if I like them. I would highly recommend doing that if you could find somewhere to do so.

If you haven't been there yet, Zach Matthews Site has a very good photography section. Everybody there is a fly fisherman and there are some amazing photographers who post pics there. They are also very willing to give advice and recommendations. Give it a look at the link below:



12-16-2008, 03:27 PM
ChemEangler, thanks once again. I just joined the other board and you are right, there are some awesome photos over there. Thanks a million for your help. I also located a wolf camera store about an hours drive from me. Thanks once again.