Re: The best lenses for your DSLR

You can find the answer to that question by reading the first post.

Re: The best lenses for your DSLR

For brickfilming, the Nikkor 55mm macro is probably your best bet.

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Oops, should of read the first post in a bit more detail.  But I went ahead and bought the Nikkor 55mm. Won it in an auction for $66, seems like a deal considering the other prices at this time.

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If you are patient you can get them for around $65 which is a really great value

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Hey, so I've got a question about the 55mm f/3.5 lens. I'm seeing lots of listings for this lens on ebay, but some of them are listed as being Ai lenses, and others are listed as Non-Ai lenses. Would I need to get a specific one for it to work with my Canon T3i and the fotodiox adapter that I have with it, or can I just get either one? The Non-Ai version has more listings at lower prices, so that but I'm not sure if it will actually work.

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From my experience, non-AI lenses will work with adapters, because they don't have a certain lever on them which is found on new Nikon camera which can break with non-AI lenses. I use a Fotodiox adapter with a non-AI, and it works perfectly.

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I believe the non-Ai is accepted as being better for animation, and may actually be required. I seem to remember that the Ai lever causes problems, but I might be wrong on that; it's late and my memory hasn't been great recently.

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backyardlegos wrote:

I believe the non-Ai is accepted as being better for animation, and may actually be required. I seem to remember that the Ai lever causes problems, but I might be wrong on that; it's late and my memory hasn't been great recently.

I believe you may be confusing AI with AF (Auto-focus)? AI Lenses just mean that there is this extra part of the aperture ring that sticks out in the back of the lens so that old cameras could see the aperture from the viewfinder. AI and Non-AI are basically the same lens, it's just that thin extra stick-out that changes things and makes it incompatible with some modern cameras.

https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answer … ai-lens%3F

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No, I know the difference between the two. I'm pretty sure that little lever messes with a lot of adapters, preventing a proper connection, which is what I meant by the non-Ai being required over Ai. Although non-AF is certainly also a must when crossing platforms.

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The non-AI lenses work fine with adapters, but if you have a Nikon you need to check to see if they are compatible. You can also find AI adapted non-AI lenses on Ebay, you need to read the details.

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SlothPaladin wrote:

The non-AI lenses work fine with adapters, but if you have a Nikon you need to check to see if they are compatible. You can also find AI adapted non-AI lenses on Ebay, you need to read the details.

I just got the lens for a pretty good deal, so it's all good. I'm using a T3i with an adapter, so everything should work all right, maybe, I think.

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I was taking a look at these lenses but I couldn't quite find one that fit what I was looking for, so I figured this was a good place to post. Do you have any recommendations for very close-up macro lenses? Close enough so that a Lego head could fill up all or most of a frame. I'm relatively inexperienced with DSLRs but is this something that would work?
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I'm using a Canon Rebel T3 and would prefer to get a Canon-compatible lens but if necessary I'll purchase an adapter.

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You want the 55mm micro with a set of extension tubes.

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In addition to those three lenses you will want a set of extension tubes, lots of folks use  these , I don't own them, but I hear the quality is alright, nothing amazing. I have a very nice set of the Nikon PK-1,2 & 3 which are no longer made and cost far more, I had no idea off brands existed when I picked them up, live and learn, although the build quality of the Nikon tubes is impeccable. You will use them to further decrease your minimum focal distance, I find the longer your lens is the better they play with the extension tubes. I find that on lenses 24mm and shorter they are more or less unusable. As you add more tubes to a lens your depth of field will decrease, this is why you should only buy lenses you can stop down to f/22 (or ideally f/32)

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SlothPaladin wrote:

You want the 55mm micro with a set of extension tubes.

1. Can that focus in close enough though? Was the image you showed of the minimum focal distance without the tubes, and the tubes would get me to that point?

2. Will I be able to use both the extension tubes and an adapter?

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55mm micro with 8mm + 14mm + 27.5 mm extension tubes at f/16

Get your extension tubes to match the lens (so Nikon style extension tubes)  your adaptor will play with the tubes just fine.
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If you cut a 1080p image out of the full 18 megapixel frame you can fill your whole frame with just the eyes.

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SlothPaladin wrote:

55mm micro with 8mm + 14mm + 27.5 mm extension tubes at f/16

Get your extension tubes to match the lens (so Nikon style extension tubes)  your adaptor will play with the tubes just fine.
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If you cut a 1080p image out of the full 18 megapixel frame you can fill your whole frame with just the eyes.

Thank you! Looking forward to getting and using it. mini/bigsmile

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Getting a 50mm was the worst decision I made for animation, but the best for general photography. Im definitely going to get a 55mm.

If you are on a tight budget, and you got a 55-200mm lens with your camera package, Id recommend getting a cheap set of extension tubes. The non af (not needed for animation) can be less than $10. Zoom your lens right to 200mm, and set your camera further back. You can achieve relatively good shallow focus close ups. That said, it is probably better to go with the 55mm, since it isnt that much more.

Id love to get the 24-70mm, but they are way too much for my budget at the moment.

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Kieren Barnett wrote:

Id love to get the 24-70mm, but they are way too much for my budget at the moment.

Oh hey that's the lens I use. Well more specifically the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L. It's a great lens for everything basically a kitlens that is good.

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My uncle has it too, and I was fortunate enough to try it. Instantly fell in love.

I should also say, that since he doesnt live in the same city as me, it isnt like I can borrow it.

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Re: The best lenses for your DSLR

What adapter would be good for a T2i and one of these lenses?