D50, budget, Next lens.... 50mm 1.8 AF & ???

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Tom, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. Tom

    Tom Guest


    So, on a budget, the 50mm 1.8 AF (w/ or w/o D) feels like a great buy,
    and will help much with flash intolerant indoor subjects...., (knowing
    that on a D50 its more portrait/less "normal")

    What is another candidate for a low cost (non-junk) lens, where at least
    one goal is macro work?

    Currently shooting with (of course) the kit 18-55, which I may swap it
    for the 18-70 via ebay, and also have a set of close-up filters.

    Thanks - Tom
    Tom, Jul 9, 2006
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    Rebecca Ore Guest

    Macro lenses tend to be on the pricey side. If you are willing to
    play with making your own end caps and manual everything, you can get
    a reversing ring and any 52 mm filter lens (you can use your 50 mm).
    It works but it's quite clumsy. Also, you can buy extension tubes.

    Used macros show up from time to time at KEH and other places. The
    60mm AF is one of Nikon's sharpest lenses. New, it's around
    $350-$400, so not cheap, but not really expensive, either.
    Rebecca Ore, Jul 9, 2006
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  3. I found a sort of rig up which works for Nikon in my spares - a manual
    BPM bellows unit with a Nikon mount, and a Leica thread suitable for
    enlarging lenses at the other end. My Rodenstock Apo 75mm f4 gave
    excellent sharpness but a big flare patch on the D200 from my typical
    perspex-table illumination, sensor reflection I guess.

    If you can find one of either, I have owned two Nikkor lenses which were
    great on bellows. One was the 120mm f5.6(or 6.3?) HX Nikkor intended for
    some kind of opthalmic equipment, probably removed from a special camera
    - a camera store junk bin discovery. Another was an El-Nikkor which I am
    sure was a very peculiar focal length - 63mm f3.5 or something. It was a
    special lens for use copying slides and recommended for the old Bowens
    Illumitran when copying both 35mm and rollfilm. I got one for this
    purpose probably 30 years ago, and after I had stopped using it for
    that, discovered it was a very good macro lens.

    Though enlarging Nikkors sometimes sell for high prices, it's equally
    possible to find them - and manual bellows units - very cheaply.

    I've done some really nice creative full aperture macro work with a 55mm
    f1.8 Super Takumar (Pentax thread) mounted on bellows the same way using
    a 49mm to Leica thread 'reversing ring'. The Nikon 50mm f1.8 would need
    a 52mm reversing ring and work well that way round.

    If you have a set of close-up 'filters' (they aren't really filters,
    they are supplementary lenses), a bellows unit can also offer another
    unique surprise - if you have enough c/u lenses, or a powerful enough
    like those 10 dioptre models offered as a novelty c/u power, you can
    tgape them directly to the opening of the bellows front and use them as
    an imaging lens in their own right. Beautiful soft focus, dreamy fx and
    no control of aperture but you can cut shaped apertures like slits or

    Digital SLR bodies make all this so easy to experiment with, not like
    film when it took ages to check the results. I'd rate a set of manual
    bellows and a box of old lenses or even old lens BITS as a real asset in
    a DSLR kit.

    David Kilpatrick, Jul 9, 2006
  4. Tom

    tomm42 Guest

    Try to find a 2nd hand 55 or 60mm Nikon Micro, just bought a 55 f2.8 AF
    for $200. If you want to photograph bugs etc (small creapy things) a 90
    Tamron is a good buy (also can be found used). With the D50 you want an
    AF lens so macros won't get to the 50 f1.8 price range. But if you want
    to do macro a true macro/micro (Nikon talk but true) lens does wonders.

    tomm42, Jul 10, 2006
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