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well, I am getting my tax returns back soon and have decided to treat myself to a new piece of glass. I am set on getting a true Macro lens (or Micro as nikon labels it) and am on a budget of <$600. I would like the lens to be new, not used, so I have the warranty. (AF motor replacement is a ***** on the wallet)
My research has pointed me in the direction of either a


or a with 1:1 magnification

the 60mm is slightly faster, but slightly more expensive. The 60mm will work with a full frame camera if (or when) I upgrade, but that might not be for a very long time.

I have poured over online reviews and the 85mm will have a better working distance, but the 60mm is slightly better overall, but I am looking for ease of use as well as sharpness, and it did not seem like one came out leaps and bounds ahead in any category.

I know 105mm or greater would be ideal for Macro photography but unfortunately those are all out of my price range
any input is appreciated. Thanks all!
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The 85 is sort of a mixed bag... On the one hand it's got a decent working distance, but it's got a small aperture and the vignetting is pretty bad in some reviews. Plus, I think it's just not all that versatile.

What other lenses do you have? Personally, I'd got for the Tamron 90 f/2.8. It's a little cheaper than the Nikkors if I recall, and is very sharp. There is a model with a built-in motor so it will AF on the D40X.
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I've got a Nikon 55-200 VR, Sigma 18-50 f2.8 labeled macro, but not true macro as it is 1:2.7 (very nice for a sigma. Competes well with the twice the price nikkor option).
Old nikon 50mm f1.4 (great lens) and the 18-55 kit lens. I am looking into the tamron option but I just can't seem to find the one with a compatible AF motor.

edit: actually found it after a few more minutes on google. I will definately look into that lens.
Edited by robchaos - 4/17/11 at 11:27am
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Try the Tamron 90mm Macro. Its cheaper than the Nikon lenses and its very popular but I dont think it has a built in motor which is what you would need to autofocus with on the D40x. But with macro, you would want to manually focus anyways.
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Try the Tamron 90mm Macro. Its cheaper than the Nikon lenses and its very popular but I dont think it has a built in motor which is what you would need to autofocus with on the D40x. But with macro, you would want to manually focus anyways.
In some situations yes, but I also would like the AF for moving subjects such as insects, but I was able to find that lens with the AF motor. Looks like that might be what I'm going with. Thanks guys!
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theres also a 60/2 tamron macro which can double as a fast 90mm effective portrait lens.
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I know you wanted new for fear of replacing the af motor, but i strongly recommend the siggy 150 2.8 macro. True 1.1, used for between $500 and $600, sharp as a tack wide open, and it doubles as an amazing mid range lens.

Fyi, you (or atleast anyone i know) wont use AF much when doing true macro work. It just doesnt work that well with such a shallow DOF.

Here are just a few recent pics with this lens, all handheld, and im FAR from being a pro so they could defo be better.


DSC_4217 by Aaron Mollock, on Flickr


DSC_3723 by Aaron Mollock, on Flickr


DSC_2007 by Aaron Mollock, on Flickr

And a few as a midrange lens


DSC_3080 by Aaron Mollock, on Flickr


DSC_3088 by Aaron Mollock, on Flickr
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Originally Posted by robchaos View Post
In some situations yes, but I also would like the AF for moving subjects such as insects, but I was able to find that lens with the AF motor. Looks like that might be what I'm going with. Thanks guys!
Also, good luck using AF on moving bugs lol. It wont happen.
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theres also a 60/2 tamron macro which can double as a fast 90mm effective portrait lens.
Hmm now I have something else to consider. Price is nice too! I will have to dive into some very in depth research between the Tamron 60mm and the Tamron 90mm.
It looks like I can get:
the 60mm f2 for $499 less a $100 MIR from tamron, so $399
or
the 90mm f2.8 for $459 less the $50 MIR so a total of $409
Hmmm decisions decisions.



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I know you wanted new for fear of replacing the af motor, but i strongly recommend the siggy 150 2.8 macro. True 1.1, used for between $500 and $600, sharp as a tack wide open, and it doubles as an amazing mid range lens.

Fyi, you (or atleast anyone i know) wont use AF much when doing true macro work. It just doesnt work that well with such a shallow DOF.
I have had great experience with sigma so far, as long as you research the lens extensively before buying, but unfortunately I am too weary of either getting used or grey market stuff. I am trying to stick with a known distributor (Adorama, b&h, photocraft, etc.) and right now it looks like tamron has some kickass rebates going on for their stuff. Thank you for the input though.
Edited by robchaos - 4/17/11 at 5:32pm
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