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Old Feb 20, 2011, 12:51 AM   #1
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Default Lens Input 70-300 and/or 35mm for my D90

I currently have the 18-105mm and the 50mm 1.8, I am hoping to get another lens for my birthday in the 200 or less range. While I don't always feel the need to zoom much beyond the 105mm of my current lens, we are heading into baseball season for my nephews and I could see the longer zoom coming in handy. More importantly, I'm also finding that I miss the ability to shoot macro, I'm tired of lining up a shot that looks great then trying to click and my camera just sitting there until I back it up a bit. So the idea that these lenses could do this is very appealing. I know at my price point I am limited, but I wondered if anyone had any input on these 4 lenses. (I know with the D90 I wouldn't necessarily need a built in motor, but if the built in motor provides a noticeably faster focus, then the extra money for it might be worth it.)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._6_APO_DG.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._DG_Macro.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...5_6_Di_LD.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._75_300mm.html


On the other hand, I LOVE my 50mm with a passion and find the lower aperture to be a dream (I only sometimes feel that it is too "close up" for the images I want to capture, sometimes so much that I can't back up to get the shot) so I also have a 35mm on my wish list and might become my priority if the feedback is not good on the longer zoom lenses. (AKA I should wait till I have a bigger budget for that lens) So if anyone has input on these lenses that would be great as well.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._75_300mm.html
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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Or if there is another macro lens I should look into at my price point, I am good with that as well.

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Old Feb 20, 2011, 1:49 AM   #3
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The Sigma APO is better than the cheaper non-APO.

The Tamron Di LD is better than the cheaper non-Di (which is only 1:3.9 macro, while the rest are 1:2 macro.)

The Tamron Di LD is better than the Sigma APO.
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Thanks, that makes it easy
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Old Feb 24, 2011, 12:01 PM   #5
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Is it possible to get get good photographs (baseball) using macro lens? Isn't the macro lens has very shallow DOF?

Sorry to ask this questions but I'm still unsure what is the trade-off on macro lens vs normal zoom lens
(i.e., Sigma 70-300mm 4-5.6 DG Macro Lens vs. Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens)
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Old Feb 25, 2011, 2:43 PM   #6
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The lens switches into Macro mode, so I would assume it would function as a normal zoom lens when not in Macro, please let me know if this is not correct. My goal really is macro so anything on top of that is a perk.
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Okay. Just checked the macro lens and saw the switch macro/normal

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I really like my Nikkor 18-105mm VR & Nikkor 70-300mm VR setup.
They cover just about everything I want to do.
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