Macro lens for Nikon?

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    Melizard

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    I am looking to buy a macro lens for my D5000, and I was hoping that somebody could suggest a good lens. My budget is fairly flexible. It's mostly for work, taking photos of tiny minerals (usually outdoors). I don't know anything about macro photography so any comments are appreciated!
     
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    Consultant

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    Are there major camera stores near you? I suggest go to the store and try the 1 or 2 macro lenses they might have.
     
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    There is no such thing as a bad macro lens. What you have to decide is how much reach do you need. If you are doing tabletop work, then a 50mm or 60mm is fine. Some may want a little more reach and go with the 90mm or 105mm range. Then there are those who want to shoot insects with plenty of space between them and the subject look at 200mm. Just remember that a longer lens will most likely need a stable tripod to help with the shots. A ring flash also helps a lot too. Even hand holding a Nikon 105mm VR is tough when taking a true 1:1 or 1:2 macro shot. My favorite was the Nikon 60mm because of the shorter distance.
     
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    Melizard

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    Thanks for the advice, I hadn't thought of the distance that I wanted to shoot. Do you know if the Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ring Flash is any good?

    Cheers.
     
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    Melizard, I would listen to what Vudoo is suggesting. I have the 200mm he is speaking of and I love it for allowing a greater distance between me and the subject. The downside is the size & weight - it's a monster. I always use a tripod and exposure delay mode (mirror up) for the best results.
     
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    alphaod

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    If you have an existing lens with an aperture ring and don't mind losing metering and autofocus, perhaps just get a reversing ring for that lens?
     
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    Take a look at a lens baby. Makes for really cool effects. Very cheap too :)
     
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    ergdegdeg

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    My friend, who is a biologist and avid macro-photographer, recommends the old Nikon AF D 60/2,8. Of course, it doesn't have auto-focus on the D5000, so if you really want/need that, go with the Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm/2.8G ED. He has the old AF-D and loves it. Another option, if you want a little more reach would be the Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor DX 85mm 1:3.5G ED VR. A ring flash will also help a lot.
     
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    Kurwenal

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    The Nikon 105mm f/2.8 macro is a nice lens and relatively inexpensive.
     
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    105 Micro 2.8

    I am using the Nikkor 105 Micro (Nikonspeak for 'Macro') on a Nikon DSLR7000. Very, very pleased with it :)

    You can check the reviews... Google
     
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    I use a manual focus 55mm Micro. Very happy with my setup.
     
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    Woodenboat

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    105 Macro

    I agree that the 105mm is an excellent macro lens. I have had it for years and love. Very sharp lens; I usually use tripod. Lack of auto focus is not problem since I prefer to manually focus closeups.
     
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    I found the 55mm nikkor micro f3.5 and the later (1978) f2.8 that replaced it were great lenses. Heard similar reports about the 105mm micro nikkor too.
     
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    Melizard

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    Thank you all for your input! I am thinking about the Nikon 85 mm 3.5 ED VR DX lens, since my camera has a crop sensor. I think it will be a nice middle ground between the 60 and the 105 (hopefully).
     
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