I want you guys to know how much I appreciate you chiming in here on this thread and well as my other thread I started the other day:
Here's where I'm at.
Thanks Art for talking out of the bellows idea.
I've decided to wait a bit on buying the 105mm Micro. BrianS the link you provided for KEH was very helpful. The reason I've decided to wait is I was being a bit reactive based on what I was seeing on ebay and other online sources, but I didn't know about KEH. They have a ton of used equipment with several items of different quality grades within a specific focal length. I was able to make a better comparison and if I'm going to spend the money for a keeper lens I don't want to be hasty and regret it later. KEH has E and E+ lenses for only a $100 +/- more than what I was looking with the single lens Adorama had in stock.
Black Pearl you made me think a bit about AF speed, because some of the macro subjects I'll be shooting won't be completely stationary so even though I love "D" lenses and will likely always have them, I think I'll save my money and get the 105mm f/2.8 G AF-S VR for the quicker AF speed.
To everyone else (listed alpha sort) - chaswes5, Curve_in, Dennis, Herman, justshootit, and Keith M - thanks for your information and encouragement.
One thing I didn't mention to you guys before is I like to shoot vintage automobiles. This last January here in Southern California I attended the 65th Annual Grand Roadster show. Using my d7100 I took a couple hundred shots and looking at them later I wasn't happy with any of them. Really disappointed. Although I had a tripod, for the most part I was shooting in-doors hand held using my 35mm f/2 d, but on the DX body that put me in the middle of people walking past the exhibits. So I quickly changed over to my 18-200m f/3.5-5.6 VR. The shots looked fine on my dslr lcd but when I got home just about every shot was slightly out of focus. My on-camera flash helped, but the combination of low light, being in a hurry to shoot and maybe a few other factors worked against me.
I found out from another photographer at the show he got in a few days earlier with a Press Badge and had the run of the place before the crowds came. A friend shoots for an online e-zine or something so I'm going to get in touch with him to see if can I weasel a Press Badge out of them.
I went back and analyzed my Roadster show shots, converting the DX angle of view to FX and they range from 26mm to 58mm, most from 33mm to 44mm. So I'll be getting a KEH E+ Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D. That plus my 35mm f/2 D and the NikonUSA refurb Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D walk-around lens I got from Adorama for $86, I think I'll be covered. Ideally I should get a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 or f/4G but I just don't have the cash for either of those now.
I think the 24mm will help with my other two areas of interest, as well: landscape and architectural photography - so I'm really killing 3 birds with one stone with the 24mm. Maybe in the next couple of months I'll get a nice flash and a better tripod and a panoramic ball head.
I tend to be over analytical and long winded, but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate you taking to time to comment, and I didn't want you to think I'm being flaky changing directions so I explained my direction and the reasons why.
Thanks for your time
Comments are welcome
Edited by teagueAMX, 19 August 2014 - 01:12 PM.