Since that caterpillar incident and the frustration at not having a proper MACRO lens, I proceeded to do some surfing. The most highly recommended MACRO lens (at an affordable price range) is the Tamron SP90 f/2.8. However, I stumbled upon a relatively new lens by Tamron, the SP60 f/2.
I had initially wanted to get the new Sony 50mm f/1.8 which doesn’t have a 1:1 MACRO capability. The focal length and maximum aperture of this lens come close with the advantage of the MACRO capability.
Would anyone out there have any first hand experience between the two lenses I mentioned? The new Sony 50 mm f/1.8 and the Tamron 60 mm f/2? Although the price difference between the 2 is huge, something like 3x more for the Tamron, it may save me from buying a 50mm prime and another MACRO lens.