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Which lens for close-up photos?

Cyttorak

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Cyttorak Registered since 29th Aug 2010
Sun 29-Aug-10 10:21 PM

I have a Nikon D60, and use it for close-up photos. This is still-photography and my subjects are 90% of the time about 2 inches high...the remainder may be even smaller, from about 1cm high to maybe 1/2 inch. I cannot get much closer than about 12 to 18 inches to the subject without difficulty.

I'm currently using the standard 18-55 lens that came with the camera, and while adequate, it's not fantastic. I would like tighter close-ups while maintaining a sharp focus but I don't know what lens to buy.

Macro lenses are the traditional ones for close-up work, but even a 60mm lens is about $400. I don't know if 18 inches is close enough for a 60mm macro to work well. Are there any other lenses I should be considering?

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