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Macro, er....Micro question.
I'm eyeing up getting a 105/2.8 AIS - but wondering gif I should go with the a 135/2.8 or 135/2 with an extension tube. Any thoughts?
Buddy gave you some fine advice. We love our fast lenses, but when shooting close we tend to stop down whether we're adding tubes to the equation or simply shooting with a micro lens. Frankly, having experienced the joys of shooting with tubes with a variety of lenses, I've concluded that I don't need a micro lens. Granted, if you're into really close work it makes sense to have a micro lens in the equation, but tubes will almost always be added. I love shooting with the 135 f/2.8 in its various iterations with tubes. Of course the 135 f/2 will work with tubes and as Ronny has demonstrated over and over again, it is a stellar lens used that way. But you can get where you want to go without mortgaging your home... I just bought a 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI for $65 plus shipping. It is not as bright in the viewfinder as Buddy notes, but it performs extremely well with and without tubes.
Kit building at its ultimate will lead one to the great MF Nikkors, all of which come at a premium. But along the way there is a great number of very fine lenses that can be enjoyed while keeping a bit of money available for food...
You might want to check another thread I started some time ago in the Macro World forum titled...
Shooting with Tubes.
You'll learn a bit about how tubes work and more importantly, you'll see a wide variety of lenses being used. I love using tubes with 105mm, 135mm, 180mm and 300mm lenses. One set of tubes makes every lens a tool for getting close. Good luck and have fun!