Woohoo, today two new Nikon lenses arrived at my doorsteps!
Both are micro-Nikkors (meaning you can achieve 1:1 magnification
) for DX-bodies (only):
- The AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G
- The AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR
Both represent the cheapest way to put a Nikon micro-lens on your DX body and come in at an approximate street price of only 230 EUR* for the 40mm lens and 440 EUR* for the stabilized 85mm lens.
The alternatives are the Sigma AF 50mm 2.8 EX DG Macro for around 300 EUR, the Tamron SP AF 60mm 2.0 Di II LD IF Macro for around 340 EUR (both work on FX-bodies too), the Tokina AT-X Pro 35mm 2.8 DX Macro for around 340 EUR, Nikon's AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60 mm 1:2,8G ED for 460 EUR, as well as the various 90mm, 100mm or 105mm "standard" macro lenses from all manufacturers including Nikon's own AF-S Micro NIKKOR 105 mm 1:2,8G VR which represents quite a jump in price at around 730 EUR.
So you can see that
(a) Nikon can claim to offer the
cheapest way to put a real 1:1 macro lens on your DX-body and
(b) there is a whole plethora of macro lenses around which may make it quite difficult to choose one. Especially as macro-lenses are said to be all very good in image quality.
Now, I'll have a look in the next weeks into the performance of this diminutive couple and see whether Nikon has pulled it off again and produced something cheap and sharp and to give you some insight into what you'll gain if you decide for the longer (and stabilized) sibling.
While I'll busily descend to my secret laboratory to get out the whips and - err - Siemens-stars and test-charts you can have a look at my Sigma AF 150mm 2.8 EX DG APO HSM IF macro Review
where you'll also find a side-by-side comparison of the Sigma to the Nikon 105/2.8VR. These two lenses produce very good results and thus present the benchmark by which others will be judged.
As you'll probably know from previous reviews this thread will act as a place to discuss the results from my up-and-coming review but also to place your questions, remarks, and own experiences with these lenses. This way we'll create a thread of knowledge for all who are interested in one of these lenses. So feel free to contribute yourself!
Und für unsere deutsch-sprachigen Leser: Wenn es Fragen und Anregungen zu meinem demnächst erscheinenden Review oder eigene Erfahrungen mit den beiden Linsen gibt, hier ist der Platz, um diese gerne auch in Deutsch zu platzieren!
*All prices include 19% VAT
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