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If you don't have a normal lens already, the Nikkor will double as a portrait lens.
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All these lenses will give you 1:1 magnification, so it's a question of how much working distance you want. The longer the focal length, the further you can be from your subject at 1:1. Personally I use a 60mm and don't find the working distance a problem. Also, the longer the focal length of a macro lens, the more hand shake there will be.

Nevertheless, go for the Nikon, you won't have to think twice about outstanding image quality and most importantly, reliability (Sigma has some QC issues).

One other lens you might consider is the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF, very good IQ. However the Nikon still trumps all and auto focuses much faster than the Tamron or Sigma lenses.

And lastly, as Moots says it makes for a good prime/portrait lens. For which reason having a shorter focal length like 60mm would make it more versatile.

In short, the Nikon hands down
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I would choose the Nikon, but as GT said, it depends no your subject and the working distance you want.
Thanks guys I'd rather have the Nikon for image/build quality reasons. Not too concerned about portraiture, I already have a 50mm f1.8 and I'm not bothered with taking pictures of people anyway so I don't do it very often.

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Hey Muffin did you have a look at the Tamron 60mm f/2? I think it seems unique for what it is. It also depresses me that most of the 3rd party macros in Australia are at the same price as the genuine ones (Nikon 60mm, Tamron 90mm, Sigma 105mm)
The Tamron seems to be more expensive than the Nikon 60mm over here :/
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Following Dr4gon's wisdom that everyone should own a macro lens I would like to get one, and I think I have it down to three choices:

Sigma 70mm f2.8 EX DG Macro for £349.95

OR

Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG Macro for £352.95

OR stretching the money ceiling a little further, is it worth to shell out for a proper Nikon lens...

Nikon 60mm F2.8G ED AF-S for £387 @ Park Cameras or £385 @ Mifsuds

I would imagine the Nikon to be better quality, but is it worth losing the focal length of the Sigma's? In a current DSLR magazine they say for macro you should look for 100mm+ for insects so as not to get too close to them. People with experience, speak up



The bigger the better as far as I'm concerned. 1000 pixels on the long edge should be the minimum, anything lower and the poster should be taken out and shot. Your shot is another example of why I want need a macro lens

To my surprise, I found that Jessops was the cheapest place to buy the Nikon 60mm f2.8 at £349.99 I bought it a few months ago and have been very pleased with the results.

As an example, I used this lens to take this water droplet photo on my Nikon D3:

    
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To my surprise, I found that Jessops was the cheapest place to buy the Nikon 60mm f2.8 at £349.99 I bought it a few months ago and have been very pleased with the results.

As an example, I used this lens to take this water droplet photo on my Nikon D3:
That's a different lens to the one I linked - it's the older model. The one I'm looking at is the new version . Nice shot though, looks like there's a fire under the surface
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That's a different lens to the one I linked - it's the older model. The one I'm looking at is the new version . Nice shot though, looks like there's a fire under the surface
I know it's the older model, but my uncle is into photography a lot and said that he preffered the older 60mm to the new one. And yeah, it was a candle in the reflection of the water
    
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I know it's the older model, but my uncle is into photography a lot and said that he preffered the older 60mm to the new one. And yeah, it was a candle in the reflection of the water
I have to disagree on that one. I don't doubt that the older 60mm Micro is still a high quality lens, but it doesn't compare to the newer one. It's worlds sharper wide open, has the faster ultra sonic focus rings and the ED elements (less CA). It's a no brainer.

Check out the SLR Gear reviews:

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...duct/98/cat/12 (old 60mm)

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1175/cat/12 (newer 60mm)
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Yeah, if at all possible, always get the newer lens variations. They have updated multi-coatings, improved AF speeds, better optics (newer design, potentially), and for Nikon they come updated with VR!
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I have to disagree on that one. I don't doubt that the older 60mm Micro is still a high quality lens, but it doesn't compare to the newer one. It's worlds sharper wide open, has the faster ultra sonic focus rings and the ED elements (less CA). It's a no brainer.

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http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...duct/98/cat/12 (old 60mm)

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1175/cat/12 (newer 60mm)
I'm sure the newer lens is better, but for me it wasn't worth the premium.
    
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