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#1 CaseyJM

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 05:10 AM

I am tying to decide on which macro lens to buy. the Nikon 85 f3.5 AF with IF & ED for 529.00 or the Tamron 90 F2.8 AF at 499.00. As I understand it when the Tamron is at 1:1 ratio to f stops down to 5.6. I am looking for this lens to be used 100% of the time for macro as my portrait are always done with my 18 to 105. I hear both are "razor sharp" at least that is what I read. I gut tells me if f-stop is no longer an issue i should stick with nikon but i keep reading for those that have the nikon they say "great lens, razor sharp images, great optics, silent motor, and lost of other good stuff, and then they all say cheap plastic construction. What i have not read is no one complains that the lens if falling apart after 1 year or 10 usages. if its so cheap does it hold up under normal use or not? any ideas or suggestions from you guys would be greatly appreciated. Casey

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 07:42 AM

Might just consider getting a set of auto extension tubes for the lenses you already have. I personally prefer my old 55mm micro nikkors to anything that's come out recently. It a pure manual operation but that just adds a little bit of challenge to the shot. (-:}
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 10:43 AM

Have the nikkor 60mm macro, its a nice little lens, very sharp.
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