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I have decided that I want to get a macro lens mainly cause wide angle lenses are too expensive.

I have found the Nikon 60mm for $760 and the Sigma 150mm for $870. The Sigma is heavy with 150mm and the Nikon is lighter with 60mm, is the $100 premium for the Sigma worth it? I have read reviews and both look awesome! I am more inclined to the 60mm as it is more usable in average circumstances however the focal length the Sigma has might be useful... sometimes.
What you will get from the Sigma is a 1:1 ratio as well, but increased working distance, which for some is easily worth the extra $110. The 60mm has a 1:1 ratio too, which is fairly close up (and cropping can enhance the mag. more), plus the 60mm will be much, much easier to hand hold shots. The 150mm will have quite a bit of shake at that focal length and mag. ratio, requiring a tripod for most shots. Personally, I think it's wise to just get the 60mm, for a few reasons:

1. It can double as a very nice prime lens for portraits, etc.
2. Cheaper obviously
3. Easier to hand hold shots
4. Less tube length to get 2:1 (60mm of tubes)
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 5/4/09 at 9:10pm
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The 60mm is full frame, it will still work on a D60 right?
    
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The 60mm is full frame, it will still work on a D60 right?
Checking...as far I can tell the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor and the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Micro both work on DX sensors. The second one is nice because it is an AF-S lens, which means you will have auto focus, although for macros most people manual focus anyway.

Also there's the Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor which a nice compromise between the 60mm and 150mm.

EDIT: I looked more closely at the Sigma 150mm an apparently can only do 1:1 like the 60mm. The advantage, though is that it has a much longer working distance than the 60mm (meaning you can be further away to get 1:1, useful for jittery insects).
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 5/4/09 at 9:08pm
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FF lenses will definitely work on an APS-C, just with the 1.5x crop factor for Sony/Nikon (1.6 for Canon).

I would definitely suggest AF for a macro lens. Not absolutely needed, but makes life simpler sometimes and you can use it as a portrait lens too (easier).
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Anyone know of any reviews on a Sigma 70-300mm lens?
Have a friend offering my his for $100, thinking it might be worth it.
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Anyone know of any reviews on a Sigma 70-300mm lens?
Have a friend offering my his for $100, thinking it might be worth it.
Which one? There are two:

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro APO

Neither is a particularly spectacular lens, but I would buy the APO version if that's what he has. A Sigma APO (apochromatic) lens has an extra low-dispersion element which reduces chromatic aberration. Otherwise, neither lens has a hypersonic motor, so focusing on quick moving wildlife might pose a problem. Also, both are very soft at 300mm (common with many zoom lenses).

Neither lens is bad; you could easily get great shots out of it, provided that you're stopped down to f/5.6-f/11.
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Anyone know of any reviews on a Sigma 70-300mm lens?
Have a friend offering my his for $100, thinking it might be worth it.
How old and what F? My dad has a fairly old (like late 80s) 70-300mm F/4 Sigma that turns out pretty decent photos.
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How old and what F? My dad has a fairly old (like late 80s) 70-300mm F/4 Sigma that turns out pretty decent photos.
Constant F/4? Sounds like quite a lens, haven't heard of anything like this before?
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Constant F/4? Sounds like quite a lens, haven't heard of anything like this before?
Yup, constant F/4 75-300mm for the Nikon F-mount with auto-focus. It's one of the sliding zoom barrel (compared to his 28-70mm Sigma with the twist zoom). His next most-used lens after his 50mm F/1.8 Nikon. He wishes the Sigma was a tad faster at times, but it can turn out some great shots.

EDIT: Just double-checked, and it's actually an F/3.8 lens. His 28-70 is F/3.5-4.5. I think the reason why I though F/4 is that his D50 doesn't always register the lens properly and sometimes the aperture isn't correct.
Edited by laboitenoire - 5/5/09 at 2:22pm
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