Originally Posted by ShinyOstrich
I am looking for either a zoom lens, or macro, and having both would be nice! Although, I'm assuming the one that features both is not better in macro as opposed to the one that is specifically a macro lens. Or am I entirely wrong?
well if you mean zoom lens as a lens with multiple focal lengths (not a prime) then yes you are correct, i have yet to see a zoom 1:1 macro.
if you mean zoom as getting closer to the subject without actually moving closer (this is a common mis-nomenclature for the term zoom) then no, there are 180mm or even 200mm macro which will get you fairly close to your subject.
Originally Posted by sub50hz
This is the least expensive solution to your problem.
he can probably cheap out some more with a 60/2 or 90/2.8 tamron and a telephoto....