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Old Jun 6, 2010, 8:19 PM   #21
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If you want to use a macro lens for a portrait lens then it is an issue without AF.
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That being said if you will be using this lens for general purposes in addition to macro, these things do become more important.
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Old Jun 6, 2010, 8:23 PM   #22
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If you are buying a auto focus lens, it should auto focus on the body. Not having AF because it is a macro is not a way to okay the short coming of a system or a pass. That is how I look at it.
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Old Jun 6, 2010, 8:35 PM   #23
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Would those be the manuals for the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR and AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED? I Agree that, at 1:1, image stabilization probably isn't very useful, but certainly at 1:2, having it is better than not having it.
From page 20-21 of the 105 vr manual--

■The effects of vibration reduction
When the subject is from infinity (∞) to approx. 3m (9.8 ft.) away (at 1/30x reproduction ratio), pictures can be taken at shutter speeds approx. 4 stops* slowerthan is possible without using a VR2lens. As the reproduction ratio increases from 1/30x, the effects of vibration reduction gradually decrease. (*Under Nikon measurement conditions. The effects of vibration reduction vary depending on individual and shooting conditions.)

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When the lens is mounted on a tripod, set the vibration reduction ON/OFF switch #
to [OFF]. However, set the switch to [ON] when using a tripod without securing the
tripod head, or when using a monopod.

I'm guessing the info will be the same for the other 2 vr macro lenses. Again, for general purposes, having VR is a plus (not a necessity), but does very little to impact macro shooting, (especially since it should be turned off when using a tripod). If you're using the lens strictly for macro work, Vr is not an important consideration.
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If you are buying a auto focus lens, it should auto focus on the body. Not having AF because it is a macro is not a way to okay the short coming of a system or a pass. That is how I look at it.
Where is the shortcoming?? As was mentioned there are 5 macro lenses that will AF on the entry level Nikons,(how many macro choices does one need??) all of which are of excellent quality. Also, as I mentioned, if your purpose is strictly macro, AF is less important, as you'll likely be manually focusing. If you're getting the lens as a general purpose lens, then AF and VR become more useful, and your options do become more limited.
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If you get an AF lens, it should AF. But the lenses that will AF with a built in motor are much more expensive so it is a short coming for a entry level system.
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What about the Nikon d40 compared to the Canon xs or xsi?
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What about the Nikon d40 compared to the Canon xs or xsi?
The D40 is a 6MP camera while the XS is 10MP and the XSi is 12. The D40 has a much smaller selection of lenses, and has a pretty poor AF system.
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