Macro lens.

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I currently have the Nikor 60mm micro but am looking for something with a longer reach. It comes down to the nikor 105 and the sigma 150. Any comparisons between these lenses and how will they compare to the 60mm?

I would like to have the 200mm Nikor but that is a bit out of range for a macro lens for me.
 
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Paul,

From everything I have read the 200mm f4 is almost legendary nikon optics. Why would you recomend the 70-180 over the 200? Why a zoom macro? I put my zoom lenses on the shelf and now use all primes.
 
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Paul's answer is sensible. The 70-180 Micro-Nikkor isn't your average zoom lens, a far cry from that in fact. It has superb optics, is very well corrected for the close-up range, and while its flatness of field isn't entirely up to the perfection of other Micro-Nikkors, you need the latter as a reference to realise that the 70-180 isn't perfect in this regard. A unique feature of the 70-180 is that it doesn't lose light when you focus closer. All other lenses, including the fixed-focal length Micros do that. So, while max. speed f/5.6 may not sound too impressive at 180 mm, it still is f/5.6 at 1:1 (with 6T added to the master lens). The f/2.8 Micros typically dwindle to f/5-5.3 at 1:1, the 200/4 non-AF Micro is approx. f/6.7, and the 200AF f/4 is around f/5.3.

The other benefit of the 70-180 is that framing your subject is very convenient, far more so than moving the tripod as you have to do with the other lenses.
 
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105 is a great lens

Of all of the Nikon lenses I've owned 20, 50 1.4, 50 1.8, 24-120, 24-120VR, 17-35 2.8, 80-400VR, etc, etc., the 105 macro is the best. Great portrait and macro lens.

Dan M.
 
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Your post on the 70-180 is so timely. I was planning on purchasing a 200mm micro after I sell my 60mm micro and Tamron 180 macro. I noticed that B&H Photo carries the grey market version of the 70-180. Why did Nikon discontinue the 70-180mm? It seems like the perfect cross between zoom and micro? I am watching one on e-Bay, but it seems as though I would do just as well at BH.

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CrystallP said:
Your post on the 70-180 is so timely. I was planning on purchasing a 200mm micro after I sell my 60mm micro and Tamron 180 macro. I noticed that B&H Photo carries the grey market version of the 70-180. Why did Nikon discontinue the 70-180mm? It seems like the perfect cross between zoom and micro? I am watching one on e-Bay, but it seems as though I would do just as well at BH.

Crystall
I too covet the legendary 70-180mm Micro Nikkor! I wonder if it ever was released in the US? Maybe they figured the US market got sick of flower pictures or that most US consumers would not realize that F/4.5-5.6 is not that slower given that close up focusing drops aperatures on the other macro lens anyway and the 70-180mm is designed to resist that.

For now, I think I am going to go for a cheap 70-300mm f/4-5.6 ED combination with some 5T or 6T close up "lens". I am curious what the image compromise will be but certainly a cheaper entry for me into macro vs the macro lens for now.
 
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One can only hope that a VR-AFS version of the 70-180 is in the works :idea: ; it would be a real winner!!!
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Got one - looks pretty darn good

Tosh said:
I find the 70-180 micro a perfect lens for hikes. It's great for plants and creatures, andalso works well for people.

Glenn
I just got one of the B&H 70-180 grays and am putting it through its paces. Like Glenn, I wanted to see how it worked as a regular tele-zoom. I did some comparisons agains some of the best PRIME Nikkors, and was pretty impressed with the results. For those who can stand a quick visit to the dark side, the test shots are here:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1030&message=13271234

Thom Hogan also found this lens interesing, and it made it into one of his "reduced content" bags.
http://www.bythom.com/70180Macrolens.htm
http://www.bythom.com/bag.htm

"70-180mm Micro. A very flexible lens that works quite well for outdoor macro work. I like it better than the 200mm because it's easier to frame quickly (plus it substitutes for the 70-200mm for general use). Fast AF and maximum aperture aren't big issues for macro work. Note that the 70-180mm only goes to 1:2, so you absolutely need the 5T and 6T."
 
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Might think of putting on my 70-300 a 5T and 6T. Or thoughts on the B + W

Hummmm any thoughts on that.
 
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B+W lenses are singlets Gale, and work best on lenses shorter than 135mm. On my 24-120vr they are a dream, but on my 180 f/2.8 they look like a lens baby until f/11 or smaller.
 
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