I took the plunge today and got it! Today I purchased a Nikon 105 mm 2.8 lens. All those months of saving from my photography earnings have paid off. I'm really excited about photographing the small world. It should be arriving here just in time for Spring and all the little wildflowers that pop up on the forest floor. The Virginia blue bells have started blooming and hopefully there will still be some left when the lens gets here.
I'm making a mental list of what I want to shoot with the new lens. Wildflowers will be first but I'm hoping I can get some closeup detailed shots of butterflies and dragonflies as well. I'm also going to stalk those cute little lizards that hang out on our rock piles in the yard. I'm also curious to see how close the hummingbirds will let me get with this lens. I've actually missed some shots of the hummingbirds because they fly too close to my 70-200 lens and they are too close to focus on. This lens shouldn't have that issue as the focusing distance is much closer than the 70-200 lens.
Another bonus to this lens though is that it is also a good portrait lens (at least that's what I've been reading). I love my 70-200 2.8 lens but it will be nice to have one that is smaller but still a great versatile lens.
Stay tuned...I should have some images of the small world on the mountain in the next couple of weeks or so.