Need advice on lenses

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    Discreetspeed TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys, I currently have a Nikon D3000 with a 18-55 and a 55-200. I am looking at getting 2 more lenses for it. I want one of the lenses to be a macro lense, maybe 50mm or 60mm and the other a fisheye, maybe a 10-18 or something. I am buying on a budget so nothing overly expensive, maybe a couple hundred a lens if possible. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    Chris
     
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    Can you give a more specific budget?
     
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    I probably would not want to spend more than $350-$400 per lens which I know is going to be hard to find a fisheye in that price range. I am willing to wait on the fisheye and save more for one because the macro takes priority.
     
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    This is the Macro lens I want to get for my D40 eventually.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Tamron-60mm-2-0-DI-II/dp/B00200K9NQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1266456991&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: Tamron AF 60mm f/2.0 SP DI II LD IF 1:1 Macro Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras: Electronics[/ame]

    It has a working distance equivalent to a 90mm macro lens and will auto focus on your D3000.


    Check out overread's post in this thread, I found it really helpful.

    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/macro-photography/191304-lens-do-i-buy.html#post1814125
     
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    If you're looking to shoot bugs, 60mm is pretty short for a macro. You need to get pretty close and then the little guy ups and flies away. I have a 100mm macro and, at times, I wish it were longer. One excellent macro that you can often find on the used market is the Tamron 90mm macro.
     
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    how much does the Tamron 90mm macro go for? i've been shooting with my dads old 50mm prime a lot and i really like it. maybe i'll get the tamron 90mm macro or a 100mm or 105mm macro and later get a nice 50mm prime.
     
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    The tamron macro wont auto focus on your camera (Might not be too big of a deal for macro work)

    Id read reviews on the Tamron 60mm it has a nice working distance.
     
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    You can find 180° fisheye lenses for about $360 + shipping. Look for either the Bower 8mm f/3.5 or the Vivitar 7mm f/3.5, they are both the same lens made by a company in Asia.
     
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    were it me, i'd get the wide angle.
    but i like shooting landscapes more than bugs..
     
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    oh, just saw it's a fisheye not wide angle.

    in that case i'd get the macro lens.

    i'd shoot more bugs than fish..
     

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