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Old 31-10-10, 09:24
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Question Macro lens?

Hi, I am looking for a quite cheap macro lens, knowing that I have a Nikon D60 body. is the "Sigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro" a good choice, or do you have other recommendations?
thanks a lot.
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All the macro lenses produce good quality images, the main downside of the 50mm focal length is that the subject to camera distance is very small for real macro shots of things like insects so it is very easy to frighten that sort of subject away. Most people buy something in the region of a 100mm lens for an all round macro lens to get a reasonable working distance so in addition to Nikon's own lenses look at the Sigma 105mm and the 90mm Tamron. I had the Sigma and it is a very sharp lens with an excellent reputation.
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Old 01-11-10, 09:05
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I agree that both 105 sigma and the 90 tamron look nice, but which would be the best buy?
I can get them at the same price, so which do you think I should go for?
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I agree that both 105 sigma and the 90 tamron look nice, but which would be the best buy?
I can get them at the same price, so which do you think I should go for?
Once you've got to this sort of point, it's entirely down to your personal preference. I use the Sigma 105, but that's only because I got it at a good price, and I prefer the colours that Sigma lenses give over Tamron lenses. You may prefer to Tamron, they are both excellent choices.

Sigma lenses tend to give quite warm orange-ish tones, Tamron give quite a cool blue look. Which do you prefer?
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Old 01-11-10, 15:58
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Personal choice here. I prefer the Sigma because it has a fractionally longer focal length but either would make an excellent choice.
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Old 02-11-10, 10:59
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I've got a APS-C censor, so the focal length is less of a problem I think.
But I read a couple of reviews and I read the tamron does not have a built in AF motor.
I could find that for the Sigma, do you know if AF would work with the D60?
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Old 02-11-10, 11:56
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As far as I know both the Tamron and Sigma have built in AF motors in Nikon fit so should work with the D60. Not being a Nikon man I am not absolutely sure. Perhaps Don Hoey on this forum could help you as he is very knowledgeable about Nikons so contact him.
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I read a couple of reviews and I read the tamron does not have a built in AF motor.
http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-...otor-/p1030805

Read the first line of the description. Also confirmed by checking the details on The Tamron UK importers web pages.
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Old 02-11-10, 15:12
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i personally have used both the 60mm and 120mm Nikkor F2.8 lens and find them very good for macro work and produce good quality pictures

but both lens are not AF-S so and manual focus is alittle annoying sometimes as you cant quiet get that crisp detail you need

its the problem i have in general with my D3000 it has no built in moter so AF lens are all manual focus so if your a photography enfusiast then maybe upgrading to some of the better models like the D90/ D300 with the built in moter that in the long run will get you better in focus pictures without having to invest in expensive lens with AF-S abliltys
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............. and manual focus is alittle annoying sometimes as you cant quiet get that crisp detail you need
A/F would be nice but I'm short the dosh to fund the move, so I treat it all as a bit of a challenge.
http://www.worldphotographyforum.com...ead.php?t=6008

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