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Which macro lens for Nikon D90?

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Hey!

In this thread: http://www.overclock.net/photography...o-capture.html I was asking for help and ended up buying a new Nikon D90 which came with an 18-105mm lens.

I would like a macro lens to shoot things very close up too. What lens do I need to look at getting? Please bear in mind I am extremely n00b.

Thx for the help people!
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It is dependent on your budget, this Nikon or this Tokina are great options. Depending on what you are shooting the VR of the Nikon may be worth the money, or if not the Tokina is a solid lens. I have one myself and am extremely satisfied.
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if I go for the cheaper what are the down-sides to that? also, if I am looking on ebay for this kind of kit do I look for 100mm lens?
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if I go for the cheaper what are the down-sides to that? also, if I am looking on ebay for this kind of kit do I look for 100mm lens?
Bad image quality and not 1:1 reproduction of the subject.

EDIT: Retracted. Misread as "If I go for a cheaper" lens instead.

And you should avoid Ebay
Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 1/3/11 at 1:55pm
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if I go for the cheaper what are the down-sides to that? also, if I am looking on ebay for this kind of kit do I look for 100mm lens?
The Tokina will give you 95% the image sharpness of the Nikon for half of the price. The only downside is that it doesn't have the VR (vibration reduction) which will help you get sharper images when hand-held.

The reason why you want a 100/105mm is because with something like 60mm or less you have to get really close to your subject, thus possibly getting in the way of your lighting.

As r31ncarnat3d said, avoid eBay.
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Besides, VR is less effective for macro lenses, as it doesn't counter for shifts on the Z axis (only X and Y)
    
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ok thanks guys, do I really need to be looking at auto-focus lens or will manual be fine? sorry about all the questions!
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depends on what you are shooting...if you shoot static objects (keys, ram, cpu, etc) then MF is fine if you have LV (which i believe the d90 does).

when you say closer does that mean you want to get closer to the object physically or more "ZOOMED" in.
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I'm looking for more detail on the object with the 18-105mm I can only get so close and then it blurs
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ok thanks guys, do I really need to be looking at auto-focus lens or will manual be fine? sorry about all the questions!
Well, most manual focus lenses won't meter on the D90, so you'll need to either use an external light meter or guess the exposure... Much better off going for an autofocus lens.

I'd look at:
Nikon 105 f/2.8 VR
Nikon 105 f/2.8 AF-D (Nikon's last macro in the 105 range, still very very sharp, just focuses more slowly and doesn't have VR)
Tokina 100 f/2.8 AT-X
Tamron 90 f/2.8

The older Nikon is easy to find for under $500 from a dealer like Adorama, B&H, or KEH. The Tokina and Tamron are about $400 new and even less used...
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