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A cheap and surprisingly uncompromised way to get into macro,
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This review is from: Opteka 52mm 10x HD² Professional Macro Lens for Nikon D40, D40X, D50, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 & D7000 18-55mm VR Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics)
Super bit of kit for the price. Reassuring solid, optics are surprisingly good, you can get really nice results from the first try, even without prior experience of macrophotography. (Eg properly scary shots of a 1cm long spider, pin-sharp across his 'face' and with catchlights in his eyes.) Some initial tips for fellow beginners: Forget using autofocus, even the best focusing systems hunt and struggle with a macro-attachment on the lens. Do your initial focusing by physically moving towards or away from the subject, then use manual focus on the lens to fine-tune. I suggest an aperture of f8. Even with the lens stopped right down, there is still little depth of field to play with. You need fairly good light; consider putting your ISO up beyond the norm to secure sufficiently sharp shots of moving subjects such as bugs. And although I expected to get better results with my 18-55mm lens, I actually found a 55-200mm was a better bet.