While I was in Portland, I picked up a new macro lens at Pro Photo Supply. The people there were very helpful and knowledgeable and I narrowed it down to a 90mm Tamron macro lens. It helped that there is a $50 rebate going on now.
Today I went out to try it out. It will take some getting used to after using a zoom lens for so long. A tripod is helpful. I just took a couple different perspectives of a pine cone and some patina on a ceramic pot I have. I look forward to working more with this lens.