The macro has gone back to Nikon now and I am Macroless again. I thought today I might do a post on what I think of the lens now that I have had a chance to play with it. Nikon loaned to me a Nikon Micro Nikkor 40mm lens for a DX camera, or cropped frame and I’ve been playing with it for the couple of weeks. I got it for my classes to show them how a Macro works, but it was also good for me to try out as well.
I had never used a Macro before and to say I thought that using it would be easy was an understatement. They are so much harder than I thought. The depth of field is so different, and you have to think so differently. Luckily I was given some great advice from many of you here when I got it, and it was great to know pretty much straight away what my problems were. So thank you to everyone who gave me all the advice, you really saved me from a lot of frustration.
It was fantastic to be able to get up nice and close to objects, not getting that annoying thing happening because you are too close and the camera won’t focus. I did like that. It was fun to get really really close and just see what you could get. Though being a person who has never been concerned about the details, it was a great exercise for me to do, especially once I understood how depth of field worked with the lens.
The 40mm was a bit limiting and I couldn’t get in nearly as close as I would have liked. I had always thought that if I was to get a Macro lens that I would get the 105mm. I have seen some wonderful stuff done with that one. I just found I couldn’t get as close as I would have liked with the 40mm, though just walking straight up to something and taking a photo from a few centimetres away was fun.
So after having the lens for a couple of weeks, it has had to go back and I am left wondering if I would like a Macro lens now? It is a good question. Of course I would like one, I would like the 105mm, but, yes there is a but, can I really justify the expense of it right now and I would really get the use out of it. With the lens costing anything from $1100 to $1200 in Australia, it is a big investment. I know I would love to play around with it, but perhaps that is just too much money to have something that would be just for fun. I really can’t justify that expense right now, especially to my family.
There are other options of course. I could look at Sigma and see what lenses they have and if their Macro would be perfect for my needs, they have a similar Macro that is $400 or so less. Sigma lenses are gaining a great reputation. The other option is to get some extension tubes for my 50mm fixed, or prime, and see how I go with that. That would be the cheapest way to go and could be fine just to play around with. In the end it is probably what I will go with, though not right now. I need be making more money first.
It has been great having the loan of the lens. I did enjoy playing around it and I would like to thank Nikon for that opportunity. I need to take some time now to decide what I will do and when. So while I am thinking I thought you might enjoy seeing more of the photos that I took of the typewriter the other day with the Macro. I will put them into a gallery so you can see each one a little better.