School me on Macro Lenses

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  1. BuZzZeRkEr

    BuZzZeRkEr TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys/gals! I know I want to get a Macro lens but not sure on what lens would be best. I need the macro for stills mostly; tripod, lightbox kind of stuff.
    Example (taken with 18-55mm kit)
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    Maybe a bug on a plant every now and again. I don't mind getting real close to the subject, and pictures will probably be taken on a tripod.

    Since I'm using a D40 I'll need a lens compatable with Nikon.
    I think price will be the main catalyst for my decision, but ultimately want the best bang for the buck.
    I'm guessing a smaller mm camera range with a low f/
    Right now I have a 18-55mm kit and a 55-200mm VR

    NOTE: Autofocusing is not an issue. I rarely ever use autofocus when taking macros (actually don't remember a time when I've used AF to take a macro)

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Well, there are many choices if autofocusing isn't an issue.

    I would go with a 105 if you are planning on shooting bugs (giving you a bit of space to work with). If you are just shooting jewelry or flowers, shorter macros are cheaper and very sharp.
     
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    Thanks for the input :wink:

    Is there any specific lens(es) you would recomend?
     
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    i hear the new 60mm 2.8 macro is very good!


    And when he says 105, im assuming he means the Nikon 105vr 2.8 or the older, non vr version...


    is the 60mm too short for bugs?
     

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