Here are 2 good ones to consider.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Lens Sample Photos.
Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro.
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1st note some might point you to Thom Hogan's thoughts on tripods and heads.http://www.bythom.com/support.htm.
That advice is, arguably, overkill it is pointless to spend fairly substantial amounts of money on support systems in order to take maximum advantage of lens resolution if technique or circumstances will not allow it to be realized, or if such resolution is simply not going to be meaningful (who pixel-peeps family portraits, for instance?) enough to justify the expenditure..
The Bogen/Manfrotto 3001/3021 lines are perhaps worth a look, if you're looking for a bog-standard no-frills tripod leg set. Carbon fiber equivalents will lighten both the load and your wallet. If you're planning to travel a lot with it but need to pack light and small, you may need to look at 4-section (per leg) CF tripods not cheap, and less stable than 3-section, but will pack up smaller. Gitzo's well-regarded but pricey..
Uniloc offers some designs that are really, really good at positioning your camera at highly unusual angles and positions. Might be interesting if you're shooting flowers..
Head choice should consider type (ex. ball heads make it easy to move in multiple axes at once and difficult to move in only one; a panning base can help. Pan/tilt are useful for precise movement, but not rapid re-acquisition. So forth.)..
Thanks for your help, though I really need someone to choose for me! I am very new to DSLR and starting on the bottom rung of the ladder. I need a reasonably light, reasonably priced, but obviously manipulative, sturdy tripod. I will use it mostly for macro and portrait. Please give me a couple of choices, I am useless at choosing even a cream cake in a shop!Many thanksChris..
Thanks for your help, I will look at both.Chris..
A few other macro lenses to consider:.
Http://www.sigma-photo.com/.../lenses_all_details.asp?id=3317&navigator=5this has received rave reviews..
Http://www.sigma-photo.com/.../lenses_all_details.asp?id=3252&navigator=5sharp as a tack, I use this one frequently..
Http://www.sigma-photo.com/.../lenses_all_details.asp?id=3253&navigator=5another very sharp lens that I enjpy using.
Http://www.thkphoto.com/products/tokina/afl-m100-a.htmlI have a couple of Tokina lenses, their build quality is second to none..
OUt of any of these and the two other mentioned in another post, it's hard not to pick a good one, all of them will give you excellent results.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com.
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I do not have a macro lens but judging from what I read I would make the Tamron 90mm the first on your shopping list..
Unless you want carbon fibre and an empty wallet look at the Manfrotto range in particular the 190 and the 055 (They also do CF if you realy want to spend the money):.
Http://www.fotosense.co.uk/...lack_-_NEW_MODEL.asp?productID=5136&tabID=3(Seems a good price for the Pro B. They are local to me and reliable).
The 055 is taller. Which you chose will depend on:.
A) your heightb) how much bending you are prepared to doc) How much weight you are prepared to carry.
Never set out to use the centre column by more than an inch or so. You are essentially balancing a monopod on top of a tripod if you do..
You will need a head. Manfrotto also make good affordable ball heads. Look at the 486RC2 and 488RC2.
Http://www.warehouseexpress.com/...?/binsandscopes/tripods/manfrotto.html#sbh(nice little video to play here).
I use a 486RC2 on my monopod..
A quick release like the RC2 is essential. Each manufacturer has a different one. I have three shoes - one on each camera and another on the tripod foot of my 80-200mm lens..
If you are going to buy a big heavy lenses somewhere down the line a head with adjustable head tension i.e a 3rd knob would be useful. It allows you to adjust and preset the friction on the ball so that it is better able to resist droop using a long lens (but a really good lens should have it it own tripod mounting and give better balance).
Http://www.fotosense.co.uk/...ck_Release_Plate.asp?productID=5568&tabID=3(This is the cheapest I know and I would not particularly recommend it)..
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