I decided to make my email response to Sudeep’s comment question into a full on post. I figured someone might find it interesting besides Sudeep and myself.
These pictures were taken with the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Lens. I opted for this particular lens for a few reasons.
I went with the 60mm lens over the 100mm lens to allow myself to get closer to my subject and to prevent as much vibration as possible. Shorter lens, less shake.
I also went with this particular model because of the build quality. The new Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Micro-Nikkor Lens is a great lens with some wonderful features especially for new D-SLRs. The build quality is not up to par with the the lens I ended up choosing. The ED lens is all plastic body with glass lenses, where as mine is metal.
The heavier lens helps steady the hand plus is obviously more durable. All the way around it feels and acts like a superior lens.
Hold the two in your hands and you will know the one that is right for you. Plus, it isn’t any more money. It is in fact, cheaper!
There is one caveat for Nikon D60 and Nikon D40 owners. The Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Lens will operate in manual mode only with your cameras. The D40 and D60 both lack the motor drive/pin to take advantage of the auto-focus of this lens.
If you need autofocus, or want a lighter lens for your camera bag, do not feel bad about getting the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Micro-Nikkor Lens. It is a fantastic lens with great optics and wonderful digital features.
There are other good lenses from Tokina, Tamron and Sigma, but sometimes going with Nikon really is worth it. There are times when Tokina, Tamron and even Sigma are the best choice, but this is not one of them.
If anyone would like to to elaborate more on that, let me know. I will be playing more with my new Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF 10-17mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye over the next few days and will post the results here.