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Nikon Lenses/Extensions?

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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey guys! So last summer I earned enough money at my summer job to buy a new Nikon D5100, needless to say I've been ecstatic with it ever since(It's my Baby! =P) Anyways, it still has the original lens it came with which has done me good all this time, but it doesn't take SUPER DUPER close up macros like an actual macro lens would cost.

I don't have the money to go out and spend $300+ dollars on a macro lens, but I would still really love to be able to take super close up macros. I was doing some searching on Amazon and stumbled across these lens extension kits for Wide Angle, Macro, and Fisheye. They seem to be decent and the price is DEFINITELY right, but after looking at the reviews I got a little skeptical and was wondering if it was TOO good to be true. If they really did take close up macro, or wide angle, or wonderful fisheye photos etc.
Someone mentioned that the quality was terrible, and another person mentioned they couldn't get one of the lenses to fit, but other people were saying that they were worth the investment, fun to use, and they are also small and easy to travel with.

I'm worried about sacrificing quality but not TOO much because I'm not going to be blowing my pictures up to huge sizes or anything.. I was wondering if could get anyone's opinion on these? It would be greatly appreciated! If anything I'm sure they would work to give me a taste of super close macro and I will most likely go out and buy an actual lens if I really like using them.

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Also, I was wondering what is a good wireless shutter remote to buy? I've seen quite a few on amazon that are dirt cheap, but then I questioned the quality. Money is limited, but I would be willing to spend up to 20 depending on how good the remote is. I am very interested in buying one but going out and searching on ebay or amazon by myself isn't as good as getting advice from other photographers before hand so I have an idea of what would work best.

Please leave comments below, I'm am certainly open for suggestions! :D
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MouseMakesMess Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I use extension tubes with my Nikon D40. It's important to note whether they have electrical contacts or not as if they don't, you'll have to focus etc manually.

The cheaper extension tubes tend to be cheaper for a reason. The reason being that they don't have electrical contacts.

Kenko make good extension tubes which retail at about 100-ish. Not sure how much that is in dollars but they're more expensive because of the contacts.

The good thing about extension tubes is that they don't compromise image quality, whereas the close-up filters tend to, even if it's just a little bit. I'd go for extension tubes every time.
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I got a close up filter just to get a taste of it (11 dollars, can't go wrong! :)) and if I really like it then I think I'm going to upgrade to extension tubes with contacts or just go all out and get a macro lens! :D Thanks so much for the comment, it was very helpful! :)
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rockTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
For macro stuff, I've always used a HOYA Close-Up filter... you can get them at different magnifications - I have the +4 one. I've always been happy with the results it produced.

For a remote, I've always used a Nikon ML L3 (wireless). It's infrared, but I'm not certian if it will work with your D5100. I have D90 which is older than your DSLR. If it will work with yours then I'd highly recommend it. It's just straightforward and easy to use. Comes with a little carrying pouch/holder too.
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I recently bought a somewhat cheap macro filter and am looking forward to see what I can do with it! :)


Thanks for the recommendations and taking the time to reply! :D
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rockTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem. I noticed that you're doing the 365 project. Be sure to post some of the macro photos you take with the new filter on your page, so that we can see : )
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll be sure to do that! : )
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danyelasr Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Concerning the wireless remote, I think you should buy the one that Nikon offers if you don't want to buy a generic one... it's not over 20 (:
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for taking the time to comment! :D
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danyelasr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! Also, since I want a wireless remote too I was comparing the options when I discovered that the link I sent you was not compatible with your camera D: but surely there is another one that is!
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I found one not long ago that is from a brand called Neweer, and it had a few features I liked, so I went ahead and bought it :) It will be a while before I get to use it since it's going somewhere else, but I can't wait! :D
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danyelasr Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it's useful:D I think I'll get one myself soon:'B
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet! :D
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CBasco Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Extension tubes are certainly a good alternative for near-macro photography. Do consider if the set you buy has electronic contacts or not, as the lack of these will mean you have to focus and set the aperture manually, if at all possible.

Lens filters work just fine, they will probably take some quality from your images, though they're fun to play around with. If possible, borrow a set and decide if they're good enough or not.
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh yeah I was looking at some extension tubes and saw that they didn't have contacts and that could be a problem, so I just decided to go with a cheaper filter, I'm looking forward to trying it out :)
Thanks for taking the time to comment! :)
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CBasco Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Good luck with it! :)
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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CapnSarah Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Instead of a macro lens, you can buy. Macro filters, which generally come in a pack of four - +1, +2, +4, and +10. The ones I got we're just under $20 on eBay, and you have to look for the macro filters which will fit your lens, for example mine were 52mm.

They're a really good alternative to macro lenses and give quite good results too :)
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah that's what I was thinking, I ended up ordering a macro filter, I'm excited to see what kind of pictures I'll be able to take with it! :3 Thanks for the comment!
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CapnSarah Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I really recommend them, I bought another set even though I have a macro lens, the awesome thing about them that I've found is that they tend to keep more in focus than the macro lenses do the closer you get to something

Hope they work really well for you and I can't wait too see some of your work when you get them :)
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet! Well I can't wait to use them! It will be a while or so before I can because I'm having them shipped somewhere else, but when I do get them I'm going to be taking A LOT of pictures! :D
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CapnSarah Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah you'll love them!! Well hopefully they arrive sooner rather than later for you :)
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It will be about 40 something days before I get them :( I have to travel to them, blah. Hahaha :)
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CapnSarah Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh no!!! But it'll be worth the wait
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it will be! :D
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CapnSarah Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry for my bad grammar :p
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jmgraeme Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I bought a cheap wireless remote for my nikon off amazon and haven't had any problems with it at all. As far as the extensions go, I haven't played with one so I can't say one way or the other...
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smilejustbcuz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I ended up buying one off of Amazon as well, it was Neweer brand and had some features that I liked, and it was pretty cheap as well. Thanks for the comment! :D
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