Good article (as usual) -- I shoot macros all the way to full portraits with the (older) Nikkor 105mm macro lens. Nikon's lenses at one time were the only true flat-field macro lenses for a while (there are more now, but it IS an important feature, so ask if the lens you want is one or not). The 105mm Nikkor (and its 55mm counterpart) is fantastic at either end of its scope, and for flower photography, the 105 enables me to shoot both the entire flower and close-up's of its details.
If you want to expand your possibilities, try diopters, too (the higher-end ones), as you won't lose any f-stops as you will with extension tubes (same with stacking lenses, such that the reverse-mounted stacked lens acts in effect as a diopter; just remember to set the reversed lens on infinity focus and set it wide open first).
Canon's newer 100mm micro L-lens has a new IS system designed specifically for macro work, but it shoots great as a "regular" lens too.
Lastly, I have a blast with a PB-4 with a reverse-mounted 135mm enlarging lens on it -- 'never have a problem putting my own shadow on the subject that way, and it still reaches infinity if something else needs to be shot when on-location ! (oh, and don't forget those super microfiche macro lenses, if you want to play with things, plus image-stacking software). Have fun!
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