What macro for Nikon D3100?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Ed Wicks, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. Ed Wicks

    Ed Wicks Guest

    I would appreciate recommendations of a macro lens for a Nikon D3100,
    focal length 50-100, with autofocus feature. Thanks.
    Ed Wicks, Oct 3, 2011
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  2. Ed Wicks

    MI Guest

    The best macro lenses are prime. I use the Nikkor 2.8 105 mm. I understand
    the good 5omm. Prime is good too. You can't get the same focus with a zoom
    lens. You can only approximate the macro images.
    MI, Oct 3, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    For the Nikon DX DSLRs there is the new AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm
    f/2.6G this will give you full 1:1, focuses to 6.4 inches and lists at

    Don't be put off by the 40mm on your camera it has the same effective
    view as the FF 60mm.

    Other Nikkors to consider are the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G VR @
    $529.95 or the AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED @ $599.95.
    Savageduck, Oct 3, 2011
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    Tim Conway Guest

    One suggestion: go with a longer focal length if you want to shoot critters
    like insects/butterflies. It allows for more working room so as not to
    scare the critter. If you're going to copy prints etc. on a copystand the
    40mm or 60mm might be better.
    Tim Conway, Oct 3, 2011
  5. If you want to maximize DOF and magnification with insects,
    a flash on a remote cord, mounted so the flash head is very
    near the end and rotated to about 10:00 or 2:00 of the lens
    axis works well, and the light is relatively soft since the
    flash head is large compared with the subject. This method
    has another advantage: if you are careful not to disturb the
    insect, most will stay put after the first flash, giving you
    the ability to further adjust your framing. BTW, here are
    some samples (click on "Bugs", then through them), at --
    These go up to 3X, all hand-held...
    David Ruether, Oct 3, 2011
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    PeterN Guest

    About 100mm is fine. AS for autofocus, I never use it for close up. It
    leaves little room for creative focusing. Also, you can always get
    closer using an extension tube.
    PeterN, Oct 4, 2011
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    For macro work I use a 105mm Micro Nikkor without image stabilisation.

    I find focusing dictates that I use a tripod for most of my work with
    this lens. Auto focus doesn't work at all well as the lens keeps
    zapping in and out past the focus point. Careful manual focusing seems
    to be required.


    Eric Stevens
    Eric Stevens, Oct 4, 2011
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