Last week one of my friends bought a macro lens for his Nikon D3000 and we were trying out the lens on both our cameras. I’ve long been aware of quality alternatives like Sigma and Tamron for Nikon F Mounts and this particular model was also quite good in terms of product quality and final output.
Fit and Finish: The lens has a nice solid feel to it with a mixture of metal, plastic and rubber on the lens barrel. It has a nice weight and feels good on a small SLR like the D3000 and my D60. I’m sure on bigger SLRs like a D700 it will be perfectly balanced. The m0unt is metal and quite sturdy although I don’t think its an all-weather lens. It fastens onto the camera body with a nice solid click and you’re all set to shoot fantastic macros.
Features: This is a macro lens so its primary objective is to shoot small objects @ 1:1 ratio and this lens does it rather well, when you compare it to the Nikon 105mm Macro (which costs more than twice as much) It also works well as a portrait lens. The Manual and Auto-Focus setting is by pulling on the focus ring and not like the MF/AF switch on Nikon lens.
We used it in both manual and auto modes and it was a breeze to use. In auto mode it didn’t hunt for a tight focus although a couple of times it did focus on stuff that I didnt want. I liked the manual mode better since the DOF can be quite shallow and using manual makes it possible to get the right portion of the frame in focus.
This lens retails for 170 KD from Al Ajeel Co. but we got a reasonable discount on it.
Macro Photography [Wikipedia]
Macro 1:1 [dpreview]