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    Smile Macro problems.

    My journey into macro Photograhpy has plateaued, I seem to have reached the point where my lenses have run out of sharpness. Range of focus of my 105mm2.8 is probably only 4mm at best, and my 60mm is only about 3mm. this limits the angles at which I may capture insects to directly above, if I wish to see its entirety in focus. Up to now I have resisted the Photoshop way of going, where focus stacking could work. Normally I have only 1 or 2 seconds to compose focus and frame my subject, so stacking is not a choice. Experiments with zoom lenses has shown it is possible to get good results if the lighting is up to scratch, so I am considering a 2.8-200mm zoom as an option. Any one tried this before I commit 1500 to the subject.

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    hi if you google macro lenses then it should come up with an article that WDC has on macro lenses so it may be worth a look

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    Thanks Wave I took a look, maybe i'm looking for the impossible. This started when I photographed vernier scales to ascertain how much dof I had with my macro lenses and was dismayed with the results, so began wondering could I do better with a zoom lens and then crop down for size and got some impressive images that were better than the Macro lens.

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    it may help you if you rent a lens then you can have first hand knowledge with it

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    Calumet only 7mls away 45.60 per day, Great idea Wave will phone them and see if I can do a deal, they may allow me to use it on their premises for a reduced fee. If not a day out will be planned. Kind Regards Mike.

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    It sound to me like an aperture problem not a lens issue
    There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.. Ansel Adams

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    Quote Originally Posted by hartley353 View Post
    My journey into macro Photograhpy has plateaued, I seem to have reached the point where my lenses have run out of sharpness. Range of focus of my 105mm2.8 is probably only 4mm at best, and my 60mm is only about 3mm. this limits the angles at which I may capture insects to directly above, if I wish to see its entirety in focus. Up to now I have resisted the Photoshop way of going, where focus stacking could work. Normally I have only 1 or 2 seconds to compose focus and frame my subject, so stacking is not a choice. Experiments with zoom lenses has shown it is possible to get good results if the lighting is up to scratch, so I am considering a 2.8-200mm zoom as an option. Any one tried this before I commit 1500 to the subject.
    Hi Mike
    Sorry to hear your problems, this hobby can be a pain and expensive. 1500 seems a lot, 123 Photographs (123 Photographs.co.uk) have a second hand Nikon 105mm 2.8 D series for 349, they also do a 7 day return if not satisfied. I bought mind from them (same model as just mentioned) and was over the moon with it. I also bought another item from them, was not happy with it and had no problems with returning it and getting a refund. Sorry can't offer any technical advice.
    ATB
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    Last edited by Tillerykid; 22-07-13 at 01:59 AM.

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    Thanks TK There is nothing wrong with my lenses, they work perfectly, but are not as good as I would like, giving me a 10 to 1 ratio of macros I bin.
    The 1500 was for a nikon 2.8 70-200 vr II which i've been after for a while. I dont use photoshop so I rely on getting it right first time.ATB Mike.

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