Im looking for any recommendations on a nice, low(it) priced macro lens with a Nikon mount.
I will use it as a hobbyist. Just want to get some nice, clean close-up photos.
Thanks for the tips everyone. I am going to do some hunting and see if i can score a deal on one. I already have a tripod, so I should be good there. I also have a remote (sort of - i have the wifi adapter, which I can trigger with my iPhone).
I like the idea of the versatile lens that can be used for portraits as well. I have been using the kit lens mostly for portraits, along with my 50mm 1.8G prime (my favorite lens, by far).
....but they'll meter fine. Really old manual lenses will work but you'll have to guess exposure.
This depends on what Nikon SLR body you are using.
But any digital SLR is also a very sophisticated light meter. ...
Many people who grew up to automatic-everything cameras do't know how easy it is to turn dials by hand.
Again, the histogram display is a very good light meter.
Right, sorry about the lack of info.
I have a D5200, so it would need to be a DX mount.
Also, I'd like to shoot everything from insects, to flowers, to products, to close ups of my kids eyes, etc.
Kind of a universal macro if something like that exists. Also, something that would work well in handheld.
You will find nearly all macro lenses are excellent
it doesn't have to be DX either DX or FX lenses will work OK
FWIW, I have the R1C1, used it a lot but now I have an SB 700,
hardly use it, except for the really close stuff...
I'm an old pro. Photographed works of art and still life with this Nikkor Micro 55mm for years. About 15 years ago I bought the updated version. I think it's a 58mm. Not really much difference. These are sturdy lenses. The glass is small, everything else is the nested focusing tubes. So if it works, focuses, and check the aperture--then it's good. Square up on a detailed subject-sandpaper with side light is good. If you are lined up correctly and the focus is edge to edge, the lens, even used is good-buy it. All of these lenses go to 1:1 reproduction, with megapixel sensors that's almost like having a microscope. Extension tubes are OK, but they really limit your range of focus. A lens multiplier is more useful. Also when you are at high magnifications, it's better to adjust the camera (back and fore) than to refocus the lens. Also with a good basic set up, this can work like a scanner, but faster.macro
Don't forget you'll need a good, steady tripod and a cable release. Macro cannot be done hand held. I tend to prefer Nikon brand lenses and I'd look at some online reviews and ask what your budget can handle. For many years I used and still have a 1975 vintage 55 mm MicroNikkor f/3.5 as my "normal" lens on a film Nikon F2. It worked well then and still holds its own in sharpness on my D800E. There are lots of used micro nikkors of varying focal lengths available on Ebay or if you're luck enough to have a good local store, check with them. Craig's list can be a good resource as well, though you probably know that. My current macro work is done with an 85mm f/2.8 PC-E tilt-shift lens but it's ridiculously expensive and not practical unless you have other uses for it. It is my current favorite lens for the D800E though. Have fun.