Lens suggestions

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Is the AF 35mm f/2 really that good? I have not shot one before, but how is it compared to the AF 28mm f/2.8? Is it worth getting the 35mm when one has a 28mm?

I'm thinking of getting a macro lens, at the moment I am using a reverse ring BR2a / extension tubes to get the close-up shots. However the DOF is so thin, one slight camera movement and the subject is out of focus.
Will this happen with a dedicated macro lens like the highly praised Tamron 90mm?
 
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The Tamron 90 will reproduce at a maximum ratio of 1:1, with the reverse mounting you get a far higher ration than that. Therefore when the Tamron is used you will have more DoF to work with.

I'd prefer the 35/2 to the 28/2.8 personally, it focuses pretty close (not as close as a proper macro lens though) and gives you an extra stop of light to work with.
 
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The effect of your camera movement increases with magnification and focal length.

If you are using a tamron at 1:1 (close) you will likely not be able to hand hold. This is why tripods are generally considered required for true macro photography.

As far as the 28 vs 35 I can't say. I had the 35 for normal usage and swapped for the sigma 30 1.4.
 

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