.. if you decide to buy one, please remember that there are two different sorts, another one with a certain "VC" model where the front lens is at the very front. In my one, the front-lens is perhaps 4-5 cm deep inside, I never worry about it will get scratched, although I use it often, I don't even have to use the lens cap to protect it.
I have seen many reptile/macro photographers using this lens, all happy with it. It is also relatively cheap, I bough it for around 15-17,000 Baht or something.
I have now started to experiment reptile shots with a wide angle 24mm but I still shoot most of my reptile shots with 90mm. Great results. The DOF is perhaps not the best on this particular shot, but the below shot is from yesterday..
When you get there, I will gladly show up at Ban Krang some day so you can borrow and test the 90mm I have. I live around the corner after all (if you are using Nikon). :)
Thanks for the help, but will it fit my Canon? The price seems good, a similar Canon lens would be double that. I am off to Sri Phanga tomorrow but will be in KKC towards the end of the week, if your there lets meet up.
I am around for next 2 weeks, no plans. Will be in Ban Krang this Monday for couple of days, will gladly show up there towards the week-end again. Please drop me an email and let me know when you are absolutely sure you will get there. :)
ps. Not that I have bought lenses from eBay, but there are new Tamron 90mm lenses there for under 10,000 Baht, Canon fit. As long the sellers on eBay have over 99% positive feed-back with large amount of sales, it is quite reliable.
I buy loads from eBay. For camera bodies, flash and lens I usually look for the seller being in Japan, arrives very fast and I have never had any issues with quality (quite the opposite I have been shocked that people can keep gear in such good condition).
Another place to try if you are buying new in Thailand is "Lazada" - sometimes they can be significantly cheaper than camera chains on some items. Very safe - you can pay COD.