My son being a chef, is working on starting a resturant. In trying to help him put together his menu, I've been doing quite a bit of food photography and I actually really like it. Currently shooting with a Nikon D5100, So far, I've been getting pretty decent results with the 18-55 kit lens, but would like to take it to the next level. Currently I'm looking for a versatile/fast prime lens. I realize I'll be doing some macro work in this effort, so ATM I'm torn between buying the inexpensive Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G (and set of good extension tubes) or the Nikkor 60mm micro f/2.8 (over 2x the price). Both lenses have been reviewed very well as being very sharp and versatile. I'm wondering if you fine folks can give me some advice that might help me break the deadlock.
-Is there much advanatge to the dedicated macro lens over using extension tubes?
-Should I consider other options?
Any advice would be appreciated ;-)