No such thing in that price range. There is the 60mm macro, and the 85mm macro, but with the 60mm the subject needs to be within an inch or two of the front element, and the 85mm has sloppy optics (not the best quality) and the subject has to be 5.5 inches from the front element for macro magnification. The only acceptable choice for any decent sized aquarium would be the 105mm 2.8 Macro which gives you about 12.5 inches of space from the front element to the subject, but thats $900.
ISTM there is a mix up here. The 12.5 inches mentioned for the 105mm is the lens' minimum focus distance
which measures from the camera's focal plane mark to the object. Therefore, you do not get 12.5 inches between the lens' front element and the object.
In fact, the minimum focus distance (and the distance between the front element and object) for the 85mm and the 105mm differ by only one inch. Here are the minimum focus distance numbers from Nikon:
* For AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
, it is 7.3 in.
* For AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR
, it is 11.3 in.
* For AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
, it is 12.4 in.
BTW, the previous generation
of the Nikon 105mm micro is only half the price of the current generation
Also, the previous generation has much lower chromatic aberrations (CA):
* Previous generation: Micro-Nikkor AF 105mm f/2.8 D
* Current generation: AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
And if you go for the 85mm, its CA is even much lower:
* AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR
Yes, the 85mm lens does not provide the best optical quality for all around shooting. The lens is not as bright (which makes focusing a bit tough) and its SWM (Silent Wave Motor) mechanism is a bit slow.
But for getting sharp macro with decent depth of field (which requires stopping down the lens), the 85mm is the best of all three Nikon micros (60mm, 85mm, 105mm). It blows the current generation of 105mm out of the water.
Of course, you have to get closer to the object by one inch. In return, you get a much sharper macro with plenty of depth of field (assuming you have a capable flash like the Nikon SB-900).