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    looking for best macro lens suggestions sigma v nikon v tokina v tamron

    I am looking at buying my wife a macro lens and I am just getting more and more confused with reading everything on it.

    I guess am looking for what people here think.

    I am not sure if there is one that is better than another besides just preference.

    I have been looking at
    Sigma 105 mm f2.8
    Nikon 105 mm F2.8
    Tamron 90 mm f2.8
    Tokina 100 mm f2.8

    I have read sigma is sharper than nikon but heavier and tokina is from what I have been reading is the best out of the 4. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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    Re: looking for best macro lens suggestions sigma v nikon v tokina v tamron

    I've had the original Tamron 90 for years, an excellent lens. The new version with VR has proved problematic.
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    Re: looking for best macro lens suggestions sigma v nikon v tokina v tamron

    Quote Originally Posted by monkey101 View Post
    I am looking at buying my wife a macro lens and I am just getting more and more confused with reading everything on it.

    I guess am looking for what people here think.

    I am not sure if there is one that is better than another besides just preference.

    I have been looking at
    Sigma 105 mm f2.8
    Nikon 105 mm F2.8
    Tamron 90 mm f2.8
    Tokina 100 mm f2.8

    I have read sigma is sharper than nikon but heavier and tokina is from what I have been reading is the best out of the 4. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    What camera does your wife use. The reason I ask is, based on my own experience, the Tokina lens is great, but only if you have a camera with a builtin screw drive focus motor like a D7XXX. If she is using a D3XXX or D5XXX, it will only work in manual focus mode, which may or may not be a deal breaker.
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

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    Re: looking for best macro lens suggestions sigma v nikon v tokina v tamron

    You probably could get away with a better deal if you could find an older model of Sigma without VR (in lens stabilization). I have both 105 and 150 Sigma macro lenses and am very happy with the results. As for auto-focus, I rarely use it when doing macros. I find that setting focus and then s l o w l y moving back and front gets me better results than relying on auto-focus. But that's just me. Good luck shopping.
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    Re: looking for best macro lens suggestions sigma v nikon v tokina v tamron

    I'm not sure if the Sigma is the same one @BackdoorArts has, or if Sigma has released a newer version. If it's an older Sigma lens, it might have to be sent in to their company for firmware updates to be fully compatible with newer Nikon bodies. The older lenses aren't compatible with the Sigma dock.
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  6. #6
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    Re: looking for best macro lens suggestions sigma v nikon v tokina v tamron

    she is shooting with a D600

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    Re: looking for best macro lens suggestions sigma v nikon v tokina v tamron

    The Nikon 105mm 2.8 or the Nikon 60mm 2.8 will not disappoint you. The latter is great for macro, portraits & landscapes.
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    Re: looking for best macro lens suggestions sigma v nikon v tokina v tamron

    If you're buying new then the lens should have the latest firmware or something close, which given that the D600 is 5 years old (at least?!) you shouldn't have a firmware issue.
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    Re: looking for best macro lens suggestions sigma v nikon v tokina v tamron

    I've only used the Tokina and as @Bikerbrent pointed out, it uses the drive motor from the camera, (which a D600 has). This is my swiss army lens. Its great for anything from portraits to macro to landscape. Its only slow to focus if you do the infinity to close focus test. In real life, when using AF, its fine. If I am using it for landscapes, it typically stays at a far distance and is not slow to focus. Same with portraits. Like many, I pop the clutch for manual focus while macro shooting. A word of caution- if your wife plans on going to the Z any time soon, the screw drive lenses become manual focus only but honestly, with the focus peaking available on the Z cameras, it would work just fine with this lens as long as your not trying to track fast moving objects. Landscape, portraits and macro are all just fine in manual focus. There is a newer model of this lens, the ATX-i. I have the older one. Its my understanding that nothing changed except the exterior of the lens. I don't know if this means its now weather sealed, (the only thing I wish mine had) but it still uses the cameras drive motor to focus and although both lenses are a good price, forces the price of the previous lens down to a very good price. If price was no concern, I would go with the Nikon. Sure others might be sharper, but Nikon to Nikon seems to work just fine for the pros getting their shots published. Plus, the Nikon 105 with VR is weather sealed which is a huge consideration when shooting macro.
    Camera- D800, D7500, D40x
    Zoom Lenses-
    DX- Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Sigma A 18-35 f1.8, Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6
    FX- Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Nikon 35-70 f2.8, Nikon 80-200 f2.8, Nikon 24-120 f4, Nikon AF-P 70-300 f4.5-5.6 Sigma C 150-600 f5-6.3
    Prime Lenses- Nikon 50 f1.8g, Tokina 100 f2.8, Rokinon HD 8 f3.5

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    Re: looking for best macro lens suggestions sigma v nikon v tokina v tamron

    Quote Originally Posted by macduff View Post
    The Nikon 105mm 2.8 or the Nikon 60mm 2.8 will not disappoint you. The latter is great for macro, portraits & landscapes.
    macduff
    Couldn't agree more. I love mine (105mm). It is also excellent for portraits (but I rarely do those).
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    Nikkor 24 - 120mm lens
    Nikkor 105mm macro lens
    Tamron 150-600mm zoom





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