After extolling the virtues of the Canon 500D close up lens as a relatively low cost and easy to carry solution for taking Macro, I decided to invest in a real Macro lens for the really serious stuff.
This time I wanted to stick with Nikon as all my other equipment comes from them, so I headed to Grays of Westminster as I had heard they give good advice. This was certainly true and they spent a lot of time with me for which I was really grateful.
In the end, instead of the AF-S VR Micro-Nikor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED that I intended to buy, I came away with a second hand AF 105MM F2.8, the earlier model with auto focus but no vibration reduction. The main reason that I did this was because I always turn VR off when shooting with a tripod and so it seemed superfluous. The expert at Grays also told me of someone who swapped the old lens for the new and found her images less sharp, so went back to the old one!
Well there we are. The first results are very encouraging but I just hope that I don’t regret it when I use the lens for portraits, as I hear that they are perfect for this as well. You can see some of them on www.photographs247.co.uk