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Old 02-05-2011, 02:12   #1 (permalink)
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Sigma 105mm macro a good lens for d60??

I want to buy a great macro lens for my nikon d60. I want to shoot insects, flowers, water, etc. I was looking at the "Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Medium Telephoto Macro Lens". The Nikon macros are too expensive for me and I don't want to do extension tubes. I know it won't autofocus which is fine with me.

I'd really like to see some examples of the Sigma 105 on a nikon d60 so I can make sure its the lens I want. Has anyone used this lens with a d60? have any example photos?

Just trying to make sure I pick the right lens
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:58   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Sigma 105mm macro a good lens for d60??

Hi Jersey,
Sigma 105 mm lens is a fabulous lens for that price.. Great build quality and nice contrasty lens.. demerits are two..a) noisy auto focusing ..b) matte finish has an affinity to attract lots of dust..which in the long run may cause some gears inside the lens to grinding kind of feel even when you do manual focusing..At least these two thing what I noticed with my Sigma 105 lens
So I have purchased Tamron 90 mm lens .. Though IQ wise it is is comparable to Sigma 105 Lens, if not less..Here you have again two demerits again (In my humble opinion) a) Built quality is something you wish for b) again noisy auto focusing

So here you have two lens to chose from...
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:19   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Sigma 105mm macro a good lens for d60??

Hi, I am in the same position. I have a Canon and have been borrowing a Cannon 60mm Macro and been pleased with the results. I would like a slightly longer focal length but can't afford the Canon 100 f2.8 at present so considering either of the two above mentioned lenses. A Nikon friend however shoots with a Nikon 60mm Macro on his 300s and very pleased. Why don't you visit this site's Marco thread look at the pictures and then check out the contributors camera gear. Interested to know how it goes. Regards
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Re: Sigma 105mm macro a good lens for d60??

+1 with Liu - both Sigma and Tamron produce great shots and I've had some good results from the Sigma 105 (as well as the 150)
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Re: Sigma 105mm macro a good lens for d60??

Welcome to Pixalo JerseyGirl85

Some great advice there. I'd say that the Sigma 105 or Tamron 90 are both a good starting point in your search, but as Mark said the Sigma 150 will allow you more space from your subjects.

I'm not sure that we can give you any reference shots taken with a D60, but we sure can give you some with these lenses

Sigma 105

Tamron 90mm

Sigma 150
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Yes with Sigma 150 mm lens ,one get a very good working distance.. fantastic for insects and all.. but if you wish to try your hand in " macro" . I feel "Raynox 250 DCR " will give you a much cheaper alternative.. Just hang it in front of your regular lens with universal adaptor.. and you are on move.
But on the serious note, I may suggest you to buy the best lens for assigned work.. May be today you can't not afford it..but you can work on it .. May be in a year or so, and if God wishes ,you can get earlier ( of course for that you need to win a jackpot in Lotto..)
Well Joke aside , the 1st macro lens I had is Sigma 105 , it has some the aforesaid problem.. Then I needed some lens for 50 mm range for my portrait session and fortunately I got an offer from Sigma 50mm with macro capability .It was very cheap. Than I had Tamron 90 mm Lens.. Again purchased it with Portrait in my mind.. Till I purchased Nikkor 60 mm .. Then I realize the difference.. Well it does not mean that 3rd party lenses are not good.. They are fabulous.. They do the work perfectly.. But luxury is something very difficult to describe.. You need to use it to appreciate its potential.

So allow me few macro lens which may suit your pocket right now:-
1) Sigma 105mm
2) Tamron 90 mm
3) Tamron 60 mm
4) Sigma 70 mm ( heard a raving review about this lens , just find out how are they)
5) Sigma 50 mm

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Yes with Sigma 150 mm lens ,one get a very good working distance.. fantastic for insects and all.. but if you wish to try your hand in " macro" . I feel "Ranox 250 DCR " will give you a much cheaper alternative.. Just hang it in front of your regular lens with universal adaptor..
A very good point. Marcin used one of these with a bridge camera and got fantastic results. Never used one myself, but I have a feeling that these lenses might be a bit more difficult in the handling. But as said - they are much cheaper.
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Hi, I am in the same position. I have a Canon and have been borrowing a Cannon 60mm Macro and been pleased with the results. I would like a slightly longer focal length but can't afford the Canon 100 f2.8 at present so considering either of the two above mentioned lenses. A Nikon friend however shoots with a Nikon 60mm Macro on his 300s and very pleased. Why don't you visit this site's Marco thread look at the pictures and then check out the contributors camera gear. Interested to know how it goes. Regards
Hi Russell, for you I will strongly suggest to buy Canon 100 mm macro lens.. It is fabulous .Trust me.. But if you could push your self more ( like more waiting period for finance..) then gun for Canon 60mm MPS Lens .. Man that is an awesome lens.. Just think 5:1 magnification ratio what the havoc you will create..Yes It has a very very less working distance.. You need to work around it..

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A very good point. Marcin used one of these with a bridge camera and got fantastic results. Never used one myself, but I have a feeling that these lenses might be a bit more difficult in the handling. But as said - they are much cheaper.
Debhand , It is the most easiest add on lens to use.. Just hang and go near to your subject.. that is it.. Yes Raynox 350 DCR is the difficult one to use..because of uncomfortable working distance..

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Re: Sigma 105mm macro a good lens for d60??

Thanks Liu. I might just do that. Any views around the difference between the standard Canon 100mm f2.8 macro and the 100mm f2.8 L. I have heard there is not much in it?. As for the Canon 60 MPS I have seen some mind blowing images with that on this site so if macro is your specialism then that has to be the one. Regards Russell.
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Any views around the difference between the standard Canon 100mm f2.8 macro and the 100mm f2.8 L. I have heard there is not much in it?.
The 2 stop advantage of the IS sets it apart from the Mk I non-IS version

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As for the Canon 60 MPS I have seen some mind blowing images with that on this site so if macro is your specialism then that has to be the one. Regards Russell.
Definitely a great lens but don't forget that the minimum it'll do is x1 and it won't focus to infinity - but find suitable subjects and it'll give some wonderful results (but like all specialist lenses, it doesn't always get put in my camera bag )
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Thanks Liu. I might just do that. Any views around the difference between the standard Canon 100mm f2.8 macro and the 100mm f2.8 L. I have heard there is not much in it?. As for the Canon 60 MPS I have seen some mind blowing images with that on this site so if macro is your specialism then that has to be the one. Regards Russell.
I agree with Markulous word by word. Canon 60 mm MPS lens is a super specialist lens.. Does only what it is meant for nothing else..??
Regarding me , I am more interested in Portrait .. So mine interest is most around in prime lenses.. But if a lens offer me a macro capabilities beside what I am interested in.then I jump for that lens.. Twin advantage kind of mind set..

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Re: Sigma 105mm macro a good lens for d60??

Yup, I've used the 105mm as my portrait lens for years - got a 50mm (non-macro) but never used it!
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Any prime macro lens is good. The Sigma 105 or Tamron 90 are good lenses, if you don't want the Nikon. If you don't want to go the extension tube / closeup filter root then get one of them.
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My OH has the Sigma 105, can confirm it is a great lens for the price. (I know because I bought it for her ) I rarely get a chance to use it myself but it works the job for her.
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