Best macro lens

Started Apr 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: I love the IS

rjjr wrote:

In my Canon EF 100mm L IS macro.  I used the Canon EF 100mm and EFS 60mm for several years (the 60mm was my walkaround) and don't regret trading them for the 100L.  I find the IS is very useful. I rarely use a tripod so the hand-held keeper rate is much improved with the IS.

It depends whether it is you moving or the subject. Flowers are almost always in motion, and insects tend to be blown around with whatever plant they are on.

IS would certainly be good on a very still day.

As to the original question, Nikon have always made excellent macro lenses so it seems sensible to use a Nikon lens on a Nikon camera. It doesn't have to be a new one.

The Sigma 70mm has a high reputation.

For an indoor studio setup, I prefer to use a Nikon enlarger lens on a bellows. It is more flexible and with a good bellows you get some tilt and shift. A rigid tripod or copying stand and some kind of remote control are needed.

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