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I use a 180mm macro myself for insects, but a 90mm macro for anything else. 150mm is better than a 105mm as far as working distance goes, if the 105mm is better er not is questionable, since all macro (1:1) glasses I have ever uses where top notch. I'll would go for the 150mm but 180mm is even better for insects that is.
Macro lenses are optimized for close-up photography and small f-stops (because depth of field is reduced the closer you get to a subject, so small f-stops (larger numbers) are usually required). They will focus closer than non-macro lenses. They work quite well for everyday photography, too. However, they are usually not "fast" lenses, quite often around f4. ...
I've used these setups on both DX and FX bodies I used to shoot a Sigma 180mm Macro for insect and flower photography. It is an amazing lens but it was pretty much dedicated to tight closeups or long telephoto so in the end it is really jut wastes space in my camera bag. Now I used my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 with a 2x Teleconverter and a a set of extension ...
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