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Affordable Nikon D80 Wide Angle Lense

by maxpowers_37 / December 2, 2014 1:52 AM PST

I have a Nikon D80 DSLR and don't know much about photography, but want to learn. One problem I've had with the camera is trying to take close up shots. For example, my parents have some small flowers that I'd like to take a picture of and even when I put the camera in flower mode it won't take a picture unless I back away from it.

What would be an affordable lens that would do a good job at taking close up shots? Anything I should be wary of?

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Clarification Request
What lens are you using and how close are you getting
by Steven Haninger / December 2, 2014 5:21 AM PST

to the flowers? A wide angle lens isn't meant for close shots but for increasing the coverage area. They'll make everything appear smaller as well. You'll want a macro lens designed to move in very close but these will also have a smaller aperture. I do suspect that one thing you're seeing is the effects of a short depth of field. When you move in very close and open up the lens, you might have only a fraction of an inch of depth that's within focus. To use a normal lens at it's closest focusing point, you'll need to use a smaller aperture (larger F-stop number) and increase the light intensity. This will add depth of field but may also cause other aberrations. Work with it and learn. I grew up with film so mistakes cost money. Good luck.

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by Dafydd Forum moderator / December 2, 2014 5:39 AM PST

But I'd also use a mini tripod to eliminate camera shake.

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(NT) And stop breathing for a bit too
by Steven Haninger / December 2, 2014 7:53 PM PST
In reply to: Agree.
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Nikon D80
by slillo / December 5, 2014 6:58 AM PST

All Answers

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Try the MACRO settings on the camera.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / December 2, 2014 2:03 AM PST


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Link, manual seems to note
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 2, 2014 2:07 AM PST
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Yes, but images are blury
by maxpowers_37 / December 2, 2014 4:46 AM PST

I'm able to take pictures closer with manually adjusting the ring, but the pictures all turn out blury when I'm that close to a flower

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That's either
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 2, 2014 5:18 AM PST
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Nikon D80
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 2, 2014 6:14 AM PST
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What would be a good macro lens?
by maxpowers_37 / December 2, 2014 6:30 AM PST
In reply to: Nikon D80

I know I'd like to get one, but I'm confused by the huge range of prices. What would be a good one that would be affordable? I can't spend $800 on a new lens. Is there something in the $50 range that would work?

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Close up for $50
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 2, 2014 11:50 PM PST

Here is a look at all close-up lenses available for your camera (several pages):

For $50 you will find a screw-on close-up lens. (looks like a screw-on filter lens)
Get one that fits your lens thread.

Results are not as good as a macro lens but it is affordable.

I suggest you visit a camera store.
Not a department store - visit a "camera store".
Take your camera with you and try out a close-up lens.

While you are there, try out a macro lens.
They may have a used lens at a good price.


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Micro Lense
by mriollchwen / December 4, 2014 1:48 PM PST

I think you have to purchase nikon micro lense for your camaera. you shoot the close up picture with that.

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