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    Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    I am looking for a macro lens solution for Nikon. I have read reviews on the various nikkor offerings, but the solution that has caught my attention is the Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art lens, with a extension tube set. I realize you loose focus at infinity but for macro work that seems OK.

    Just wanted to see what others are using.

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    Re: Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZF.2, the gold standard.

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    AF Nikkor 2.8/60 - one of the best Macro lenses I have ever used - even on D800E 36MP!

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    Re: Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    Thanks for the info.

    Joe, I love the thought of the 100 Zeiss, but still prefer AF for my macro work, I know I am lazy, but it does save my back. Love the focal length however.

    Ptomsu, I like the price on the 60mm Nikkor, what are your thoughts on the bokeh?

    I also over stepped in that I just realized there is no Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art, yet, supposed to be coming soon. The review I read was in regards to the Sigma 85mm 1.4 EX lens.

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    Re: Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    No doubt the ZF is a superb option, followed closely by Nikon's latest 105. Also, the 200 macro and older 80-180 macro are verstile for dedicated macro shooters. But my pick is the 85PC-E with the 1.4x extender and/or extension tubes. It gets to nearly 1/2 life size on its own, and having a little tilt available for adjusting PoF can be HUGE in macro shooting.
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    Re: Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    Thanks Jack

    I had not thought about the 85 PC-E. How is the bokeh on that lens.

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    Re: Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    No doubt the ZF is a superb option, followed closely by Nikon's latest 105. Also, the 200 macro and older 80-180 macro are verstile for dedicated macro shooters. But my pick is the 85PC-E with the 1.4x extender and/or extension tubes. It gets to nearly 1/2 life size on its own, and having a little tilt available for adjusting PoF can be HUGE in macro shooting.
    My take too. 85 PC-E is just awesome for dedicated macro works. With it you can obtain marvellous bokeh because of TS; a no brainer.
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    Re: Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul2660 View Post
    Thanks Jack

    I had not thought about the 85 PC-E. How is the bokeh on that lens.

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    Paul, if you're looking for AF, the Nikon 85mm PC-E isn't a candidate. If you want AF, the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED may be your best choice, as was suggested by Jack. Plus, it has VR.

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    Re: Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul2660 View Post
    ...but still prefer AF for my macro work, I know I am lazy, but it does save my back.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hulyss Bowman View Post
    85 PC-E is just awesome for dedicated macro works. With it you can obtain marvellous bokeh because of TS; a no brainer.
    Paul, the OP, is looking for an AF lens. If manual focus, I still prefer the Zeiss 100mm Makro-Planar. The focus throw is outstanding.

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    Re: Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul2660 View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    Joe, I love the thought of the 100 Zeiss, but still prefer AF for my macro work, I know I am lazy, but it does save my back. Love the focal length however.

    Ptomsu, I like the price on the 60mm Nikkor, what are your thoughts on the bokeh?

    I also over stepped in that I just realized there is no Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art, yet, supposed to be coming soon. The review I read was in regards to the Sigma 85mm 1.4 EX lens.

    Paul
    Paul,

    I am quite satisfied with the bokeh of the 60. Having said that, the 105 surely tops it.

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    Re: Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    Hi Paul,

    Have you tried the Sigma 150mm 2.8 macro...? It's killer sharp.

    I like the fact that you can get 1:1 close without being on top of your subject.

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    I was going to suggest the Sigma 150mm as well - it is a superb lens!

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    Re: Thoughts on Macro solutions for Nikon

    Another consideration with macro is of course what subject matter you intend to shoot. I was always a big fan of the 200 micro for shooting macro in the wild due to the extra subject distance it affords (quite aside preferring it optically over the 105VR) - something that the 60/85mm lenses will suffer from if you're shooting live critters for example.

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