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Old Mar 8, 2010, 2:15 AM   #1
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I am owning a Nikon D90 DSLR and I am looking for a Macro lens. I have shortlisted following lens. Please suggest which one is good for me.

1. Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX ED VR Micro Nikkor (this is a new lens)
2. Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP macro.
3. Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG APO Macro (1:1) IF HSM Digital AutoFocus

I am not a professional photographer. But I am very much interested for macro photography with a little money constraints.

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Old Mar 8, 2010, 6:47 AM   #2
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There are no bad macro lenses. Your choice of macro lens should be governed by what you want to shoot. If you want to shoot inanimate objects in controlled environments, then a shorter focal length will help, but if you want to shoot insects, lizards, or other subjects that might be skittish, then you'll want to maintain your distance and a longer lens will help with that.

Also, if you want to shoot handheld, only Nikon makes stabilized lenses for Nikon camera bodies. There are reports that stabilization isn't as functional for 1:1 macrophotography, but for lesser magnifications, having it is a lot better than not having it.
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 11:08 AM   #3
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You missed one of the better ones (check the competition portion of the test):
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/180/cat/30

-> i.e. lighter and faster than the 180mm !!!
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You missed one of the better ones (check the competition portion of the test):
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/180/cat/30

-> i.e. lighter and faster than the 180mm !!!
Yep, that one's on my short wish list.
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I am in the same dilemma, but have narrowed my list down to the Tamron 90mm and the Sigma 105mm. As everyone has already stated, it will depend on what you want to do with the lens. If you are strictly looking at it for Macro, I don't think the VR is gonna be of much use to you. On the other hand if you will want to use it for portraits or general photography, then by all means get it, the VR is great for handheld shots)(as TCav has already stated). The focal length will be something to look at, a 85mm-105mm will be much easier to handhold than a 150mm-180mm where camera shake will greatly affect your shots and tripod mounting will be better. I am not saying it is not possible, but if you are new to macro you may get frustrated until you learn proper techniques with macro. Also, consider that the different makes have different shapes, weight and sizes, you may want to get a hold of these and see what feels best in your hands.
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All of the 1:1 macro lenses on the market today are good. Check out http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/index.php for tested lenses.

The longer the focal length the greater the working distance between the subject and the lens. This can be important when using flash or shooting small creatures that may be spooked by coming too close.
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Do you do allot of hand held work, if so the VR lens can help out in those situation without a flash. But if you shoot things that can be spooked, you may want to consider the sigma and nikon 105mm instead, they have better stand off distance. Also less chance of you shadowing your shot. The 180mm is a bit heavy.
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Always have the old nikkor 105mm f/2 to pick, it has defocus control, i hear the bokeh on that thing is A-mazing.

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think this is a double thread, answer this question in your other thread
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Always have the old nikkor 105mm f/2 to pick, it has defocus control, i hear the bokeh on that thing is A-mazing.

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Jeff, this isn't a Macro lens, it only has a ration of 1:7.7 I believe.
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