Best macro lens

Started Apr 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
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happysnapper64 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,415
Re: Best macro lens

Just about all macro lenses are good & sharp. The things to considder are how close you need to be to achieve the 1:1 ratio that gives proper macro images. As a rule, a 50 or 60mm macro lens will need to be very close to the object, bug or whatever, in order to achieve this. This is called the working distance. On longer macro lenses, like 90-105mm this "working distance" is usually greater. This distance is cut down further if a lens hood is used. Some macro lenses also extend when focusing, which can scare some bugs away. The 90-105mm are the most used macro lenses, as they can achieve macro focusing at about 6-9". I would look for one in this 90-105mm range.The Sigma & Nikon 105mm have image stabilization, useful if shooting small objects hand held, the Tamron 90mm is also well regarded. Of these 3 only the Nikon does not extend when focusing.

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