If you could only have 1 macro lens, what would it be?

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I need a macro lens. I don't have one, and want the best...
I have a D90 for the time being, but am planning my upgrade to a D700.
I shoot some weddings, and need a macro for details, and also do some product shots in my home studio. I also do quite a bit of walk-around shooting as well as adventure/outdoor/travel stuff..
Is it the 105VR, the 60AFS, the Sigma 150???
Any advice is welcome,
Thanks,
 
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The Nikon 60mm & 105mm choices are always good. The Sigma 150mm is OK for some. But, if you know in advance that you will only ever purchase 1 macro lens, the Tamron 90mm macro makes a lot of sense. It splits the focal length distance, and is usually the best choice for MANY photographers. It is a super sharp lens, and everyone who owns it loves it!
 
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I have the Tokina 100mm F/2.8 Macro and the Zeiss ZF 100mm F/2.0 Makro-Planar. The Tokina is excellent, but the Zeiss lens is simply amazing.
 
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If money is no object? I'd take the 105mm VR for sure.

But in my situation where budget IS an issue, I'd say the Tamron 90. Excellent value, light, super sharp, creamy bokeh, and great for portraits.
 
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I only have one, the Nikon 60mm (non AFS) but have found that with the Kenko 1.4 it's a bit easier to use, so now I'm thinking a 150 or more would be even more helpful - maybe someday :rolleyes:

Mike
 
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Well its not officially a micro lens, but it would have to be my 70/200 w tubes dragon getter. If I had it to do over, would never have gotten the 60, a 105 or 150 would be nice.
 
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I own or have owned the 55 3.5, 60 2.8, 105vr, 70-180, Tamron 90 and Zeiss 100, but right now I'm smitten with the Tokina 90 2.5 ("Bokina").
 
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I have the Tamron 180 which I just love. But, like Rich (lanthier) mentioned the 105 vr Nikon just seems a bit more versatile. I would opt for the 105 vr.
 
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I have the Sigma 150mm macro but if I had my purchase to do over again I would get get the Micro Nikkor 105mm VR.


~Chad
 
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