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Need advice on NIKKOR AF-S 85mm f3.5 G VR DX Micro lens

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Hey guys,
I saw this lens today in local classifieds for $380 and I quite like it.
I was planning to get myself a micro lens for a long time and now is the chance.
The main purpose in my builds photos, everything else is a gravy.
My camera is Nikon D80 + Nikkor 18-135.

So what do you think is it worth to get it for my purpose?
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VR on a macro lens is almost always pointless. Usually most macro work is tripod mounted and manually focused. Seeing as this is probably the worst of the Nikkor Macros made, If its just for build photos, go cheaper and look for a used tamron 90mm 2.8 macro. I've seen them pop up on Craigslist for ~$300
Edited by robchaos - 4/1/12 at 9:58pm
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post #3 of 15
VR on a macro is not always pointless, especially since they double quite well as a portrait lens. I do agree, however, that this isn't a great Macro. Get your hands on a used Tamon 90mm or a used Tokina 100mm. Both of those are also Full Frame lenses, so if should ever decide to one day get a full frame camera, you won't have to re-buy a macro lens. If you don't care about a really small working distance (i.e. pictures of living things), you might also look at the Nikon 60mm Micro.
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post #4 of 15
Get a 105mm VR or 60mm macro, they're full frame and sharper
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Get a 105mm VR or 60mm macro, they're full frame and sharper

but the 105 vr is like 3x more than the 85mm frown.gif (dream lens <3)

whatabout the new 40mm ?

(btw . love your lineup smile.gif )
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Thanks guys! +rep
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post #7 of 15
The Tamron 90mm is a GREAT portrait lens as mentioned earlier, but still VR is not a deal breaker on that. Most portraits are composed and you have time to set up a tripod and/or lighting. For candids and walkaround portraiture I find a mid range zoom like the 24-120 better anyways. The tammy 90 or tokina would both be reasonably price great alternatives to the slower 85 3.5
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post #8 of 15
I tried one of these. Very disappointingly soft.
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Most portraits are composed and you have time to set up a tripod and/or lighting.

Not sure if serious.
post #10 of 15
most likely a result of 3rd party lens makers spotty quality control. There is always the possibility of getting a soft copy, but when you get a good version, it is spot on.
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