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Chris, thanks for the info...

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Posted by: jfirneno at Wed Dec 20 14:30:31 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jfirneno ]  
   

That's exactly the feedback I needed. Sometimes the "more is better" approach doesn't apply. I'll read over your info and use it to weigh my options for DSLR lens choices. It's invaluable to get experienced advice.
Best regards
John









>>If you really want to look at longer macros, you might consider the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX HSM Macro. It is higher rated in sharpness (photodo.com) than the Nikkor 105 or Nikkor 200 and is a little shorter than the 200. It is also faster (f/2.8) than the Nikkor 200 and has HSM which means faster and quieter focusing. And it runs around $600, half (or less) of the price of the Nikon. So it is cheaper, faster, and outscores the Nikkor 200 in photodo's sharpness tests.
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>>I have a couple of the Sigma EX series lenses and they are great. Older and cheaper sigma lenses may have had problems, but the EX series are first class glass and they are built like tanks!
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>>Sigma also makes a 180mm EX macro in the Nikon mount that has HSM as well.
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>>Of course, the Nikkor 105mm Macro with VR is very tempting as well, if you don't already have a lens in that range. I have an image stabilized body and I can assure you image stabilization (or vibration resistance, in Nikon terms) gives you more keeper macro shots.
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>>Sorry about all the conflicting thoughts, but one of the benefits of the Nikon system is that you have a lot of good choices through N and third party lens manufacturers.
>>-----
>>Chris Harrison
>>San Antonio, Texas


   

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