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    Macro lens for Nikon?

    I am looking for some advice as to the best choice for macro work with flowers. I see that I have a choice of the 60mm or the 105. Can someone help me out here? I use an F100 and an N80. Or is there some other lens that I haven't mentioned?

    Thanks to all who reply.

    With best regards,

    Stephen

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    What's your budget and requirement?

    I have a 105mm f/2.8G VR. It's an incredibly sharp lens even wide open but quite heavy. I chose this one over shorter focal length because I wanted some working distance. I also wanted to use it for portrait and I have not been disappointed.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    If you are happy to go with manual focus, which is preferable with macro anyway, there is a 55/2.8 AI-S lens which is plentiful, cheap, and razor-sharp.

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    Stationary object that range from very tiny - requiring > 1:1 magnification, to very large that you need to put distance between you and the target . . . There are some lenses, closeup filters, extension tubes and bellows that may be appropriate for you to use.

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    In manual focus there were four.55/3.5 55/2.8 105/2.8 and 200/4
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    I like the 55 micro f3.5. Sometimes available <$100. Sharp, better looking backgrounds than the 60/2.8 d-af.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    In manual focus there were four.55/3.5 55/2.8 105/2.8 and 200/4
    Er, make that five with the 105/4.

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    The 200 f4 is very nice for flowers, good working distance, 2:1 with internal focusing.
    Bob

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    Whatever version of the 105 suits your budget, your fancy, and your camera. If you have the bucks, the 200mm medical micro-nikkor is great because of the working distance. However, it is heavy.
    Geo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotalegend View Post
    If you are happy to go with manual focus, which is preferable with macro anyway, there is a 55/2.8 AI-S lens which is plentiful, cheap, and razor-sharp.
    This and also a f3.5 non-AI version which I own. 1:1 reproduction, but it's non-AI which means I think you're screwed unless using manual mode. I put it on my buddie's d3000 d*****l and I could snap a photo in manual mode with it
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