#1. "RE: Macro-Which one" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberMon 10-Dec-01 03:00 AM
In my case I much prefer the 105mm over the 60mm micro lens because it allows for a longer working distance. When shooting spiders and other nasty creatures -that either sting or bite- this is highly appreciated.
Obviously the 200mm f/4 micro would be even better but its price is a little steep.
The current macro options can be seen here.
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#2. "RE: Macro-Which one" | In response to Reply # 0SzennyBoy Registered since 28th Jan 2002Mon 28-Jan-02 04:31 PM
A newbie to this site but I thought I'd add my 2ps' worth...
I've both the 60mm and the 105mm (two 105s in fact, one personal and one for work in the lab). Because I use these lens for material forensic work, I tend to find the 60mm ideal for both large scale and straight 1:1 aspect ratio pics out in the field. The set-up I use is with the F100 or F90x with the SB-29.
However, the moment I get back to the lab and start working with prepared samples, the 105mm gives me the option of working at a further distance from the subject. All this is done with either the a copy stand or with the camera mounted on a PG-2 on the tripod. With this lab set-up, I tend to use a pair of copy lights with daylight bulbs for illumination.
Now the moment I switch to the avid social photographer, the 105mm is the only len I use for close-up nature pics. I have been toying with the idea of the 200mm Micro-Nikkor but with my latest acqusition of the much-loved 80-200mm f2.8D ED(N), I guess that lens will just have to wait...
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#3. "RE: Macro-Which one" | In response to Reply # 2hilld Basic MemberMon 28-Jan-02 05:33 PM
I have both the 60mm and the 70-180mm Macro lenses. The 70-180 lens is so sharp and has outstanding colors (our camera lab thought his printer was off, until he printed a roll shot with the 70-180 and was amazed at the colors). While the 70-180 might be a trade off (it is a variable max aperture 3.5 - 4.5 no 2.8) it is the lens that gets the most use. It is available from B&H as a grey market version for about $650 and is money well spent. The 60mm is in the camera bag most of the time, but does see occasional use.
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