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Macro photography is usually best served by a tripod, because the closer you shoot the more any image-blurring shake is magnified. But this new Micro-Nikkor recognizes that photographers love to shoot handheld closeups: It incorporates Nikon's Vibration Reduction technology, which lets you use much slower shutter speeds and still get sharp results. This is especially valuable in macro work because it lets you set smaller f-stops, often needed due to the inherently shallow depth of field. Though the lens covers full-frame 35mm, put it on a Nikon D-SLR and it's equivalent to 157.5mm. About $830.
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