Macro Lens Recommendation

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  1. dEARlEADER

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    I'm a little tapped out after buying D60 18-200 and all the other swag that goes with it...

    but I really wanna do some macro stuff...

    can anyone recommend a decent lens old or new that will work with my D60?

    i really don't care if it doesn't have autofocus... and if i had to.... i could live without metering....

    thanks...
     
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    Since you are Nikon shooter, I wouldn't worry about getting a Macro lens...you should look into a Micro lens.:lol:
     
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    okay whatever..... can someone please recommend a MICRO lens??
     
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    The Tokina 100mm Macro is very good lens for the money ($350) if you don't mind shooting RAW (can have some CA problems which are easily solved in PP). I really like the good build quality.
    More or less in the same class ($400~$450) are the Tamron and Sigma ~100mm Macros, just without the CA problems, but with a slightly worse build quality.
    You could find the older Nikkor 60mm Macro, it should also cost around $350-$400. All of these lenses will not AF on the D60. If you want AF, the cheapest thing might just be the new Nikkor 60mm model, with "cheapest" being around $600~$650.
     
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    Would this be the f2.8 Pro at-x?
     
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    Yep, that's the one.

    Photozone Review
     
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    I use a MicroNikkor AF 105mm f/2.8 D. Great lens can be found for a bargain second hand. If you want autofocus you'll need the MicroNikkor AF-S 105mm f/2.8 G which is no where near as much a bargain!

    Shorter focal lengths than 105mm require you to get very close to the subject, closer than 35cm anyway. There's a consideration if your subject has eyes and is likely to fly away.
     
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    i hear the 60mm 2.8 af-s is a decent lens...

    about $550 new
     
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    The Sigma 105mm F/2.8 macro is an excellent lens, and being a prime VERY sharp.

    I will tell you that the greater the focal length is, the further away you will be from what you want to take a macro off. This comes in VERY important when you want to shoot live subjects.

    I have a lens that at 50mm just to get a 3:1 macro shot, you have to be about a 1/2" away from it, but the 105mm lets you step back about 12 inches to get a higher magnification of a 1:1 macro.

    Today if I was still looking, I would get something like a 150mm macro.

    Make sure that whatever lens you get, it does a 1:1 macro.
     

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