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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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I just upgraded from D40 to D90.
I have to say WOW. Fast, lots of custom
settings, commander option to fire external flash wireless, in camera picture correction, live view, video. Bigger and heavier than D40. Easy transition from one to another. Two command dials, custom FN button and more.
18-105VR lens great to walk around.
I'm starting to get addicted to digital photography, love macro shots.
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I just upgraded from D40 to D90.
I have to say WOW. Fast, lots of custom
settings, commander option to fire external flash wireless, in camera picture correction, live view, video. Bigger and heavier than D40. Easy transition from one to another. Two command dials, custom FN button and more.
18-105VR lens great to walk around.
I'm starting to get addicted to digital photography, love macro shots.
D90 18-105VR, 70-300VR, 50mm F1.8 (1972 lens with reverse ring to do macro shots), new 50mm 1.8 lens, SB-600 flash.
Are you selling your old D40?
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I'm jealous. While the D300 is a fantastic camera, I feel the D90 is probably the best Advanced Amateur camera out there.

Hows the video look on that?

I'm impressed you're doing reverse ring Macro photography. You need to show some off!

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Video is looks good on the camera, but I didn't hook it up to the Tv yet
so I can't tell how really good is it. I didn't even look on it on the computer.
Reverse lens macro shots are damn crazy, and kind of pain in the ass. I order some diffusers to mellow the light a little. Can't get any damn spiders to photograph, my house is bugs free. On fredmiranda webside there is a macro sub forum. They take a lots of reverse ring shots, and those are just phenomenal. 42$ for that old lens and 7$ for reverse ring. I did hook up my previews 55-200 lens to it in and took a photo, damn that was so damn close but dark, and you have to be so close to the object. With 50mm 1.8F you are like 8-10 inches from the object and they coming out really nice.
The biggest challenge is the good light.

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Are you selling your old D40?
D40 is gone.
If you want to buy Nikon hurry up, because Nikon is raising prices 15% in February. They did that already in Canada.

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I know I've shown this before, but this was my first foray into reverse macro photography back when I got my first Nikon 3 years ago. I used an early 60's vintage Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and an eBay reverse ring.




Those flat wires you see are about the thickness of a hair, and the tube that this is a photo of is about the diameter of a nickle and 1.5" tall.

My next step is to get a reverse ring for my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 for an even closer macro. But as you said, lighting is rough.

You *have* to show off some shots once you get some time in with the reverse macro! I'm excited to see someone else here is doing it!

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Check this shit out, what guys can do with that 50mm lens
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/663112

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I just bought a 50mm 1.8 AF-D for my D80 over the weekend. I have to find one of those adapters.
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50mm 1.8 AF-D that's the new lens,and I'm not to sure if you can use it but ask around, if yes just watch out not to destroy those pins.
How do you like the lens, it's a great lens for candid and portrait photos.
When you do reverse method, you have to set camera to manual mode, and select the F and rock back and fort to get the object sharp. You will need some light diffuser for onboard flash, or lightring, or external flash with diffuser.
I'm new in all this but I'm experimenting.
Here is the reverse ring.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NIKON-52mm-Macro...3%3A1|294%3A50

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50mm 1.8 AF-D that's the new lens,and I'm not to sure if you can use it but ask around, if yes just watch out not to destroy those pins.
How do you like the lens, it's a great lens for candid and portrait photos.
When you do reverse method, you have to set camera to manual mode, and select the F and rock back and fort to get the object sharp. You will need some light diffuser for onboard flash, or lightring, or external flash with diffuser.
I'm new in all this but I'm experimenting.
Here is the reverse ring.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NIKON-52mm-Macro...3%3A1|294%3A50
That looks like the same ring I have. I have a couple that mount directly to the camera (that could damage the camera because they are older ones that could damage the pins), and I have some face to face mounts.

I need to find a 77mm mount or start using adapters to get my Sigma 30mm in. I'm just afraid of how close I'll be to the subject with 30mm reversed. LOL

That said, I don't care to take photos of bugs. I'd rather to macroscopic photos of tubes and electronics...and cool watches like those threads (if I had any).

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So far I really like it. It is the first lens I have purchased besides the 18-55mm that I bought with the body. I just wanted to get a feel for what was possible with a faster lens. Can't really beat it for the price.

As far as the reverse ring goes, I would guess the autofocus and metering would not work. But that is a good point you made. I will have to research that. Or someone will chime in pretty soon.

I was hoping to find the real Nikon adapters, but that is proving to be a little difficult.
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How nasty, they aren't using protection. I do believe he gave her a dirty sanchez.

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D40 is gone.
If you want to buy Nikon hurry up, because Nikon is raising prices 15% in February. They did that already in Canada.
Perfect timing to raise prices. They are going to have a great year.

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damn, I want one of those with the 50mm lens for macro!! Macro is my favorite..

too bad it'd cost me as much as my bike is worth to get that set up lol

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You can get old 50mm F1.4 or F1.8F on ebay for around 60$ and 7$ for ring.
I got my lens with the old Nikon for 42$.
This macro stuff is addicting.

30mm would be nice but that going to get you like 3" form the object and closer you get darker the photo will get. You will have to get the lightring to get the nice exposure.

That ring just pops in the camera like the regular lens and has the 52mm thread on it.
I did use the closup shot with 18-55 lens and +7x macro filters. It's even closer than 50mm but the distance to the object got minimized to 1", to damn close. Good for still object but for bugs would not work.

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You can get old 50mm F1.4 or F1.8F on ebay for around 60$ and 7$ for ring.
I got my lens with the old Nikon for 42$.
This macro stuff is addicting.

30mm would be nice but that going to get you like 3" form the object and closer you get darker the photo will get. You will have to get the lightring to get the nice exposure.

That ring just pops in the camera like the regular lens and has the 52mm thread on it.
I did use the closup shot with 18-55 lens and +7x macro filters. It's even closer than 50mm but the distance to the object got minimized to 1", to damn close. Good for still object but for bugs would not work.
I'm pretty sure the shot I posed above was about 3"-5" from the tube, and I had a flash on either side with home made diffusers (milk jugs cut up and wrapped around the flash head).

If I were to get back into macro again, I'd probably rebuild a macro light box like Tony's wife's setup now that I have a house and room to setup something like this.

If I didn't have so many projects already brewing, I'd be all over this right now! LOL. You guys are a bad influence on me...making me want to work on more projects to try and keep up skill wize..

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I just pm'd Tony's wife for the part's list for that softbox she made.
That would help with the macro shots.

Will see about that softbox, I might come up with some stuff tonight.

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I just pm'd Tony's wife for the part's list for that softbox she made.
That would help with the macro shots.

Will see about that softbox, I might come up with some stuff tonight.
Lot's of ways to make one...
http://thehowzone.com/how/Photo-Softbox
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Ahhh, I was talking more about the d90 itself lol! I'll just stick with my point and shoot for now. it's alright, just sucks because it auto focuses..

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Lot's of ways to make one...
http://thehowzone.com/how/Photo-Softbox
great link, thanks!!

This looks like something fun and somewhat simple/cheap to make

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I was playing around with my super cheap soft box.
50mm F1.8 reverse lens on motorcycle bulb. Those are just the trials.

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cool pics!

Was thinking of making a softbox like the one biggy posted sometime, but have no idea what kind of "semi-opaque white cloth" I should grab??

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i wish i had nikon too.. but i started with Canon so i'll stick with it..
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