Best macro lens

Started Apr 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
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David Pastern Contributing Member • Posts: 726
Re: Best macro lens

Several things:

1) depending on what you'll want to photograph, focal length is a good thing to consider.  Butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies will benefit from a longer focal length and greater working distance.  I personally use a Sigma 150mm and can recommend this lens.  You can get away with a 100mm lens, but your stalking abilities on the more nervous insects will have to be well honed imho.

2) all macro lenses are optically very good.  Ignore the marketing BS.

3) longer lenses are heavier.  They also require a higher minimum shutter speed to avoid camera shake.

4) IS is a waste with macro imho.

Dave

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