best macro lens for flowers

10 years 3 weeks ago #39076 by 520snic
I plan on shooting mainly flowers, not insects, or anything else close up. What is a good macro lens to have to shoot only flowers?


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10 years 3 weeks ago #39077 by stephenlite4
50mm range would be good


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10 years 3 weeks ago #39080 by Baydream

stephenlite4 wrote: 50mm range would be good

Question. Would a 35mm on a crop sensor camera be a better choice? Thta would translate to a 50 on a full frame. I sure don't know the answer.

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10 years 3 weeks ago #39083 by 520snic

stephenlite4 wrote: 50mm range would be good


I already have a 50mm lens. Can I use that? Or is there a 50mm macro lens?


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10 years 3 weeks ago #39085 by stephenlite4

520snic wrote:

stephenlite4 wrote: 50mm range would be good


I already have a 50mm lens. Can I use that? Or is there a 50mm macro lens?


If you reverse the 50mm and attach it to the camera you can shoot macro with the 50mm lens you already have.


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10 years 3 weeks ago #39086 by 520snic
Awesome. How do I attached it?


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10 years 3 weeks ago #39087 by stephenlite4

Baydream wrote:

stephenlite4 wrote: 50mm range would be good

Question. Would a 35mm on a crop sensor camera be a better choice? Thta would translate to a 50 on a full frame. I sure don't know the answer.


I don't know the answer either. Sorry.


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10 years 3 weeks ago - 10 years 3 weeks ago #39088 by Baydream

stephenlite4 wrote:

520snic wrote:

stephenlite4 wrote: 50mm range would be good


I already have a 50mm lens. Can I use that? Or is there a 50mm macro lens?


If you reverse the 50mm and attach it to the camera you can shoot macro with the 50mm lens you already have.

That does require an adapter? Correct? Do you have a source or brand suggestion?
OP has a Nikon D3000 but I am interested in Canon. Other folks here have suggested extension tubes for macro. I'm just learning macro
My18-55 will focus to about 9 inches. Need to get closer?

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10 years 3 weeks ago #39089 by stephenlite4

520snic wrote: Awesome. How do I attached it?


With an adaptor, attach to the lens, then to the camera.


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10 years 3 weeks ago #39093 by Screamin Scott
There are macro lenses in the 50mm range. Using your 50mm standard lens reversed requires a reversing ring (Nikon's is the BR2 (IIRC))...One point I'd make about reversing a lens is that unless you are shooting tiny flowers, it may bring you too close to encompass the entire flower. Plus your meter will not work, so you will have to manually determine the exposure as well...A small extension tubeor a close up lens (dual element version that screws into the filter threads) might serve you better but you will have limitations (metering or lack of infinity focus)

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10 years 3 weeks ago #39098 by crystal

Baydream wrote: quote]

That does require an adapter? Correct? Do you have a source or brand suggestion?
OP has a Nikon D3000 but I am interested in Canon. Other folks here have suggested extension tubes for macro. I'm just learning macro
My18-55 will focus to about 9 inches. Need to get closer?


I have never shot reverse lens, but I have heard of several photographers who have and take incredible shots. It does require an adapter.
Here is an adapter that I think you would need...
www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/82174-REG...dapter_Canon_to.html

If you don't go this way, you could always buy the screw on macro lenses. I'm not a fan of them, but they do work. I'm not crazy about them because when I was using them, I always had to take them off to shoot non macro. It's easier to snap on a lens, instead of a filter. But those macro filters is a good start to get into macro photography. Without spending the $ on a macro lens itself.

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10 years 3 weeks ago #39101 by crystal

520snic wrote: I plan on shooting mainly flowers, not insects, or anything else close up. What is a good macro lens to have to shoot only flowers?


I have a 105mm macro lens. It works well on flowers. Anywhere from your typical everyday normal range flower shot to 1:1 close up and personal shot.

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10 years 3 weeks ago #39375 by lfortier
You might consider a Phoenix 100mm Macro if you're trying to save money.

It's inexpensively made but is sharp as a tack. (Check some of the reports on Google).

I paid $119 on EBay and I wouldn't give it up for anything. Easy to work with and very sharp (did I say that already).

Also available at Adorama and B&H.


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10 years 3 weeks ago #40084 by effron
There is no best. There are lots of macro lenses that are stunning...........:)

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10 years 3 weeks ago #40093 by Screamin Scott

effron wrote: There is no best. There are lots of macro lenses that are stunning...........:)


So true...If you ask 25 different macro shooters what they recommend, they will all recommend whichever lens it is that they own...I've got 4 different macro lenses going from 55mm to 135mm but my most used is a 105mm...

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