Thanks Mart. I hadn't thought about the Sig 105.The 105 VR will certainly work well. It's AF-S too so will work with the D40.
There are certainly some cheaper options but some may not AF with the D40. However, with all my macro work, I never use AF, so it may be worth considering the Sigma 105.
I'd forgotten about the 60mm AF-S lens. I'll make all these suggestions to my friendl. Thanks!Any macro lens will works for jewelry but, from other threads I've seen about shooting jewelry, shorter ones seem to be preferred. Probably for the DOF. Small pieces can be shot with any macro that will work with the D40. Larger pieces can be easier to shoot with shorter lenses as lots of DOF is usually important in jewelry shots.
The D40 with its small weak viewfinder will probably be OK but I would encourage your friend to consider something else. When I shoot small objects on a table top I like to use AF and adjust with MF as needed. I'm concerned that the D40 will be suitable if these images are going to be important to her work rather than a simple record of her efforts.
The D40 also limits the selection of lenses unless using manual focus exclusively is OK. I think that limits her choices to the Nikkor 60/2.8 AF-S VR, 105/2.8 AF-S VR, Sigma 150/2.8 HSM, and perhaps a few others.
Oh my goodness, I'd totally forgotten to mention the tripod. That's a must. And now you've got me curious about the new 45mm PC-E micro. I'll check that out too. THanks!Depending on how much she wants to spend, I would go with the 60mm micro or the new 45mm PC-E micro. She should also get a tripod.
Hi Russ,I have the 85mm PC Micro and it is ideal for this kind of work, but you have to know what you are doing.