Wow, this is a gorgeous shot indeed! Congrats on your new lens, Ruth!
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I'd borrowed one a few months ago and loved!!!! having it. I was given the "go ahead" to get one as a birthday present last April but I've been waiting for a good looking used one to show up on ebay - and on Monday we were the "winners" The USPostal Service actually worked well and I got it on Thursday - from the east coast
That is awesome, I've been looking at cameras and thinking about buying a new one or wait a little longer because I really need a laptop too for school and this computer is just a pain in the ass. So I'm stuck in a place in my heart lol which to get first.
Congrats on the New Lens Ruth and if this is any glimpse in to how great your going to be at Macro you might want to start saving up for your own Art Studio so you can start Showing and Selling your Work! It's Brilliant! Great Shot!
I got the Nikkor 60mm 2.8 AF...there's now a new version with internal focus (or something like that) which gives a bit quicker/quieter auto focus but isn't as sharp so I went with this truly LIKE new used one It came with a flawless hard case too
I've gotten some great stuff used but right now there's almost nothing coming up for Canon that's a good deal. I can't see paying $100-$200 less than new for something that doesn't come with a warranty and may not be as it seems. I ran across this with the 100-400 lens. Canon sells a refurbished with a warranty for $1499 but the guy on Craigslist wanted $1450 firm, no warranty and no returns. Someone else wanted $1250 for one with a "cleaning mark" on the front element. Basically that gives the coating a flaw that will deteriorate it quicker but this guy kept insisting it was nothing and could be buffed out. On the other hand I got my ultra wide angle for half the price and it's pristine. I'm still keeping my eyes open for a 100-400 but after that it's a macro. I just haven't decided whether to get the 100mm, the 60 or the 50. Too many choices. I think what you got should be good for portraits too shouldn't it?
I understand your problem...I have seen "better" prices but I feel good about the price for the condition - though I would have been ecstatic to have gotten it for the auction price when I first saw it it did the last minute run up...
My D300 has a cropped sensor so in effect the 60 is more like a 90mm which made the choice of not spending almost double for the 100mm (which would then be a 150) much easier not to do...we have several other lenses that cover that range for regular lenses...and yes, it should be good for portraits!