Best Macro lens for bugs?

Started Oct 4, 2006 | Discussions thread
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Thomas Karlmann
Thomas Karlmann Senior Member • Posts: 2,766
Best Macro lens for bugs?

..or flowers. Is it the 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor, the Sigma 150 or another contender? Bug hunters: Which is best?

Issues:
1. 105 Nikkor has VR; can one reliably hold the 150 steady enough like
Claypaws does?
2. Scare-bug-away-factor: Sigma has longer reach. Is Nikkor long
enough not to scare the bug away?
3. Lens optical quality
4. Is the UltraSonic focus of the Sigma up to the Nikkor's AF-S
Standards?

I presently have a 50mm macro, but by the time you get close enough to the bug to almost fill the frame, it is likely to be scared away. Does the 100mm solve this issue or do I need the 150? (For use on DSLR with 1.5 crop factor)

Comments anyone? Thanks.
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