With all the talk about macro photography here, I've found myself wanting to take some close-up photographs of our favorite subject, watches... while being a little frustrated, I finally began to search for a true macro lens. A lot of photos posted are awesome.
At first I tried to take photos with my Nikon D200 and trusting the 10 Megapixel capability, wasn't quite happy with cropping an original image to get a "closer" look:
Yes, it was "OK" but not quite like the super sharp images that I have seen here. With a little research, I found that the Nikon 60mm f2.8 Macro D lens might be a good fit, and I also considered the Tamron (Nikon mount) 60mm f2; both being in about the same price range. As luck would have it, I was able to find the Nikon 60mm used locally and in excellent condition, so I thought it would be a great way to get into macro photography.
While the original image is exceptionally sharp, I'm including a reduced-sized image here. I realize there is some work to do with lighting, which will be next, but I am amazed at just how close this lens is capable of focusing.
Also... I want to thank all of you for the inspiration to get into some macro photography. This looks like it's going to be fun!