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Old Jul 26, 2004, 3:03 PM   #1
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I've searched about every forum I know of trying to decide on a good, reasonably priced macro lens. :? I bought a used 60mm f/1.8 Nikon and it's very sharp but way too touchy to focus and you have to be extremely close to the subject for the best results. I plan to return it. Can anyone make a suggestion based on their experience? I usually photograph small animals, insects and flowers. Thanks!
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Old Jul 26, 2004, 8:27 PM   #2
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All of the 3 following macro lens are rated excellent to outstanding optical performances, you will have decent distance to work with and still be able to achieve the lifesize 1:1 ratioplus...they can be excellent portrait lenses also)

Tamron 90mm F/2.8

Nikon 105mm F/2.8

Sigma 105mm F/2.8

If you need a little more room to work with, all 3 brands have the excellent 180mm marco zoom lenses to choose from.

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Old Jul 26, 2004, 10:55 PM   #3
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Thanks tuanokc - I am giving strong consideration to the Tamron 90mm Di, but I must admit the more I experiment with the 60mm the more I like it. The maindrawback is distance. Do you own one or more of the lenses you suggested? The 105 and 180 are nice, just a bit out of my price range. I only paid $230 formy mint 60mm.
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Again it may be too expensive but have a look at the Nikon AF 28-105mm
F3.5-4.5 D. It costs £315, but I've found it ideal for insects and (my few) flowers.

Have a look at www.pbase.com/grahamcheckley for some examples.

Regards, Graham.
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Thanks Graham - nice gallery!
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Well I decided to try the Sigma 105. The process to change from AF to MF is kind of a pain and it hunts like crazy in low light . But the results are pretty good :-). Looks like MF is the way to go in low light. I'll experiment more with AF in good light. Here's a sample or two.......

http://www.pbase.com/image/32395580.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/image/32395626.jpg
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