Yeah, it's really tempting me to get a macro lens too! I read somewhere that someone said, "photography is a slippery path to poverty!"...something like that, but I can see that could be very true now
David, if you were going to get a macro lens, what focal length would you like to get? Some people prefer shorter focal lengths around 60mm and some prefer longer around 150mm and upwards so that they don't scare away what they're trying to shoot. I think I've finally decided on the Tamron 90mm against the Sigma & Nikkor 105mm because it's a lot cheaper than the Nikkor and from what I've read, people are really happy with the IQ and it makes a great portrait lens too.
Then again the Nikkor has VR and at high magnification, camera shake is apparently easily visible so maybe it is worth paying the extra for VR...I don't know. I'd also prefer not to have to use a tripod so again VR would be really useful.....uurgghhh...dilemma!
What about lighting? Do you have an external flash already? I've been thinking that along with a macro lens I should really get an external flash like the SB600 or SB800 too....more expense
I guess it would have to be the SB800 too, especially for macro work because you can take the flash off the camera and move it around and then have the lighting come from wherever you want.
I'd be interested in hearing your comments and anyone else who does a lot of macro work or is thinking about buying a macro lens.