good portrait/macro lens

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  1. Ejazzle

    Ejazzle TPF Noob!

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    i am itchin to buy a new lens. any suggestions

    i love macro!

    i have a nikon D300

    and i dont really have a budget. but i dont want to be spending a thousand doll hairs
     
  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You may want to include a few more details; what kind of camera, what budget, what lens(es) you already own...
     
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    I have the 60mm 1:2.8 macro on my D200 and it has worked well for me.
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Well so much for recommending the 100mm f2.8. Canon only makes it in a Canon mount. :D

    Seriously, you might take a look at the Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro lens. Here are some reviews of the lens.
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=66&sort=7&cat=12&page=1
    It's running $760 right now from B&H.
     
  5. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have the 105mm F/2.8 Sigma. An awesome portrait lens and a very very nice 1:1 macro lens.

    For the price/value, its VERY hard to beat.
     
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    I'm itching for that lens myself.

    One thing that gryphonslair didn't mention in the nomenclature is the VR, which in my readings have high praises for.
     
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    Yes, I recently saw the review of that lens. And that is a pretty sharp and well build lens. Although it is not a HSM lens. But I really do not think you need that for Portrait or macro work. I saw some samples from that lens and they are very good.
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Hey Jerry, That is a well reviewed lens at an outstanding price. Could you post a macro example? I would love to see what it can do. Or maybe not, considering they make it in a Canon mount and I know what I paid for the Canon. Not as much as Nikon wants for their 105, but still more than the Sigma.
     
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    Dao, what is an HSM lense?

    thanks everyone!
     
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    Hyper Sonic Motor.
     
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    Tamron 90 mm macro, can be found for less than $400...
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This is the definition from Sigma

    HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor)
    This lens uses a motor driven by ultrasonic waves to provide a quiet, highspeed AF.


    In other words, the AF (Automatic Focus) mechanism is faster and quieter than the regular one.
     

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