A&P Nikon Macro or "Micro" lens options...

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  1. FusionZ06

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    I know the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 is the budget macro lens and the 105mm Nikon VRII is the baller :o

    I mean how much of a difference are we talking...

    I knew I should have purchased that 90mm when it was on sale at Adorama :wtc:
     
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    90mm tamron is NOT the budget.

    ok, maybe in build quality.

    It goes like this:

    90mm Tamron > 105mm AF-D > 105mm VR


    Optically, the VR lenses are the worst of the group.
     
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    Sigma 105 and 150 macros have great quality too... look around the Lens Lust section on NikonCafe
     
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    oh, and at $450 for the new Tamron... thats not a 'budget' lens. :o
     
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    considering the whole point of a macro lens is to have sharp pictures i'll be purchasing the 105mm VR when I get mine
     
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    why, did you not see the 60mm macro shots posted a few weeks back? that lens is nice and sharp. I still love my Tamron. :o
     
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    wat?
     
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    News to me :o
     
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    Eh?
     
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    what is?
     
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    I never knew that the Tamron was considered "the best" or greater than the 105mm Nikon
     
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    for the price, you can't beat it. Nikon ones are pretty pricey. :o
     
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    optically, not build quality or feature set.

    I did about 4 bazillion hours of research before I bought my tamron. I used all 3 lenses (tam 90, 105D, 105VR) on my camera, shot the balls off of all 3, etc.

    the 105's are built like a tank. 90 kinda feels like a toy.

    but the bitch is stupid sharp.
     
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    Any other macro lenses I should be looking at :dunno:
     
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    I messed w/ the 105 Sigma a while back... liked it, but didn't know about the Tamron then. The tamron is light, but GOD DAMN that thing is sharp.
     
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    first thing I would do is make sure you're comfortable with the 90/105 focal length.

    There are a couple in the 50/60, and a couple in the 180/200 range that are also amazing pieces of glass, but offer completely different working lengths.

    For example, if you're going to be shooting spiders, you'll want the 200. because spiders are fucking scary, and with the tamron the front of the lens is about 2 inches from your subject and full zoom.

    if you wanna go full manual, there's the lester dine/Kiron 105mm that are supposed to be the sharpest lenses ever fucking made... Couldn't find one for testing though...

    I picked the 90mm because it was the sharpest, it works as a portrait lens, and it was the cheapest.

    I really didn't see the advantage of the Nikon.
     
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    Yeah I was reading about the dine/kiron but I read it is MF only :dunno:

    The 90mm seems to fit my needs the best as well.

    I don't mind getting close to bugs :mamoru:

    What's the focus distance on the 90mm?
     
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    11.5 inches from the camera's sensor.
     
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    focal length on the exif viewer says 50mm... :dunno:
     
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    If I'm gonna get a macro lens, I'm getting a really nice one.

    thats all I meant.
     
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    What's the problem with the Tamron?
     
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    really nice to me means best optical quality.

    To you, apparently it means most expensive.


    got it.
     
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    so you're getting a Tamron, huh?
     

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