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Recommended Macro lens for Nikon D-90

Hi DT members!

I've recently been assigned a shooting project for product photography (watches and electrical sockets etc.) from a relative. I'm a total newbie and this will be a new experience for me.

I would like to buy a Macro lens but have no idea, what is convenient. I also have a budget to watch and the lens must cost below 500 US$

I would appreciate if some of you could help answer a few questions or me:

1) Which make / brand is best suitable with Nikon D90?

2) Which lens to buy?

3) Is there a lens that can be used both as a closeup lens and also as a portrait lens? I heard Nikkor has some lenses that has a switch to change between portrait and macro modes.

Thanks in advance!!

Best wishes from Dubai,

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Posted: 03/14/2010, 01:50:33 AM
Hi Ace,

I would recommend the AF-S 60 f2.8 or the AF-S VR 105 f2.8

Always depending which focal length you need. If you also want to take portraits the AF-S 60 is a excellent choice for a crop-camera. There is no mode which has to be changed. You can use the lenses for closeups and macros as well as for portraits.

I use both lenses on DX and FX cameras and would never change them.

But if you want to take closeups of insects - of course the 60mm (90mm on your D90) are quite short.

This image was shot with the AF-S Micro 60 f2.8 on a D3

   European Peacock (Nymphalis io) on Sunflower   

.. and this was done with the AF-S VR Micro 105 f2.8 on a D70

   Colored crayons with bubbles   

But you will not regret you choice wether it is a AF-S60 or 105.

Ciao, Holger
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Edited: 03/14/2010, 07:52:19 AM
Thanks Holger!

That information was very useful!

Now I can't decide between the 60mm or the 105mm, but I guess the price difference will be a decisive factor.

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Posted: 03/15/2010, 03:54:01 AM
I should suggest the 105mm (if budget is not an issue of course). There are a couple of good reasons for this.

Consider that the longer focal length allows you to keep a larger distance between you and your subject; non only useful for live subjects but also for shiny inanimate subjects too. The longer distance from your subjects could give you more control over unwanted reflections.

Another reason is that the 105mm is a good portrait lens too.

Bigger price, more ductile, more "options".
Posted: 04/12/2010, 09:33:49 AM
The nikon 105 is great

if you don't have the money take a look at the 90mm tamron lens!

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Posted: 04/21/2010, 08:41:39 AM
I confirm, the 105 Micro Nikkor is the top!
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Posted: 06/25/2010, 12:05:34 PM
I've heard the 60mm is nice, but the downside is that sometimes to get a true macro you're so close to your subject that you're blocking the light. Personally I'm planning the 105 for my next lens.
D700, 14-24mm, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm VRII, 50mm 1.4, 105mm Macro
Posted: 06/26/2010, 10:52:08 AM
The 60 mm micro lens is excellent, the problem is to be attached to the objects you photograph! Everything becomes difficult and impractical! Get the 105 (budget permitting), just spending once and you will not regret!
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Posted: 07/04/2010, 02:50:54 AM
im surprised noone here suggested any third party lenses! the tokina 100mm is allegedly better than the nikon 105 and half the price but because of this its never available, but, the tamron 90 is about equal in sharpness to the 105 in the tests I have read, and it is also less than 500 bucks. it will give you the focal length you need without breaking the bank. It doesnt have vibration reduction, but neither does the 60mm. I just got one and it has taken my photography to a new level.

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Posted: 1 minute ago
I use a Tamron 90mm/f 2,8 1:1 lens...is not the "newest", but I always get good pictures with it.

The only worth thing is, that it has an outside focus:-(...but I think the newest don`t have that anymore...

this image is taken with it...   Waterdrop 4   
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Posted: 08/11/2010, 05:10:00 AM
I would also suggest Nikkor Micro 105mm.

I am using it to shoot portrait and macro.

The downside of it is when you shoot portrait indoor (sometimes you wish you have 50mm instead)

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Posted: 08/20/2010, 10:05:19 AM
I use the Sigma 150mm f2.8 Macro, excellent lens for both macro and regular work; a bit long for portrait work indoors.
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