Nikon 105 f2.8 VR vs. Tamron 90 f2.8 Di

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  1. edouble

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    I am looking for a very good macro/portrait lens. I have narrowed it down the these two lenses. Which lens from these two do you think is better overall.
     
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    I have Nikon 28-105 3.5-4.5 Macro lens. Its a 10y/o model but results are great. You can probably get it now for under $300.
     
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    Thanks IgsEMT. Does anybody else have advice on these two lenses?
     
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    Also look into Nikon 24-85. Its another older model lens that is a cheaper alternative to 24-70.
     
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    Probably about equal in terms of quality...the Tamron 90 has been refined over three decades and is one of the best-performing of the mid-length macro lenses. I have an earlier version on the Tamron 90, and think it is better than my Canon 100mm f/2.8 EF USM Macro--the Tamron has a much more-rounded aperture than the Canon, and the bokeh rendering from the Tammy is smoother and better-defocused...it looks very,very good in terms of how it renders OOF point light sources, as well as the way it slides out of the focused zone in to defocus--the transitional zones are beautifully rendered with the Tamron, so the pictures have a nice "look" to them, which is different from say the RAZOR-sharp look the Zeiss Makro-Planar 100mm renders...

    The new Nikon 105VR has that "new Nikkor" family look. I am speaking of the "look" the newest G-series Nikkor primes have. Very rich, saturated color, and extreme sharpness, an almost 3-D look. At times, it seems like overkill to me, but maybe that's because I'm just not yet used to the way the newer 105VR and 60 Micro~Nikkor render their images. If you want a lens that will hold most of its value over time, the Nikkor would be a better choice. The Tamron 90 is not a slouch, but it does lose value, so buying a used copy might make more sense than buying a brand new one.
     
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    This is not a true macro lens.
    [SIZE=+2]Maximum Reproduction Ratio[/SIZE]
    1:5.2, normal mode at 105mm and 1.7 feet (0.5m).
    1:2 in macro mode at 105mm.
    1:2.74 in macro mode at 50mm.

    Any reason your not looking into the sigma 105? I have it and its a great lens.​
     
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    I wanted to get the 105mm micro VR but i could not justify the cost. So i settled with the nikon 105mm 2.8D, and i got an AMAZING lens. Great great lens, sharper than you could ever need.
     
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    Thank you for your post Derrel. That was exactly the type of feedback I was looking for. I have heard that the Nikkor 105VR lens extends to focus which actually makes focusing a close subject difficult. Do you have any feedback on this? Manual focus only for macro?

    Good insight D-B-J.
     
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    I have never owned a Sigma lens. I have "generally" heard more negative comments about Sigma than positive. For this price bracket I have not considered Sigma. Although, I am considering a Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG APO HSM ($3000) as a future purchase for motorsports photography which I do a lot of. In that price bracket, $3000, the Sigma looks competitive.
     
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    You heard wrong - it's the other way around. The Nikon 105 VR has internal focusing, while the Tamron does not.

    I have a 105 VR.... and AF still works for 1:1 close-up shots, but it can hunt.
     
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    Uh oh , thanks for clearing this up, that is what the IF stands for.....

    Does your 105VR have qualities that Derrel explained, "Very rich, saturated color, and extreme sharpness, an almost 3-D look."?
     
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    Yeah... pretty much. The high contrast of the 105 VR translates into a high perceived sharpness. But it's not the sharpest Nikkor out there, IMO.
     

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