Here is the video review I have done on the 105mm 2.8 Macro and the 1.4E lenses from Nikon. Included you can see the setup of what my lighting set up was. Some video and information on the two lenses. The photos to compare (At F3.2 I personally could not see a difference) I think the 105mm macro would be a great choice for someone starting out however the main advantage with the 1.4E lens is that you can open the aperture up and create some interesting depth of field on the face. Of course this is just my personal opinion, let me know if you have any other input in the comments section!