I was just wondering on any suggestions for a relatively cheap macro lens for my Nikon D5200? I would like to be under $250 if possible but cheaper is always better. I did some searching but I either came across situations that one was needed that didnt fit mine or people with considerably higher budgets or people recommending things like extension tubes and adapters, which I dont really want to do.
I am looking for something to do macro work with electronic cigarette coils. So I would be using a tripod, in studio. My main priority is budget and picture quality. As it wont be being carried around and knocked, etc. build quality could be sacrificed. Also AF isn't a huge priority, I'd definitely like it but not necessary.
As an example here is what Id be looking at doing: (This is not my own photograph, it is from a coil photography sharing page on instagram)