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Top 13 Best Lenses For Macro Photography 2017

Top 13 Best Lenses For Macro Photography 2017 - We count down the top lenses reviewed by ePHOTOzine that are great for macro photography.

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Here at ePHOTOzine, we have reviewed quite a few interchangeable lenses in our time so when you guys are out shopping for a new lens, you have as much information as possible for making your decisions with. Among our large review collection is a rather long list of lenses which are specifically designed to capture excellent macro images and close-up photos. No matter what the weather, it's always a good time to count down the top macro lenses ePHOTOzine's reviewed. So when flowers and other subject start appearing, you're armed and ready with the right photography kit. Macro lenses are great for detailed close-up shots, but can also be used as a portrait lens.


1. Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS 

Sony 90mm Macro FE Mount (2)

The Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS is slick in use and produces excellent macro images. The price may be a little on the high side, but on the other hand, there is little choice for the Sony A7 range user, unless we look at less expensive manual focus lenses. Plus, it works so well on the A7R II that it should be an essential buy for those using this particular system. 

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2. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD 

Tamron SP 90mm F2 8 MACRO 1 1 Di VC USD (3)

The Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD builds on the reputation of its predecessors and definitely coming up to the mark. This one takes performance to a new peak and is very comfortable to use.Overall, it is an outstanding updated macro lens ideal for all short telephoto applications. There does remain the possibility of picking up the previous model at a much lower price, should cost be the main factor for you, but with what this lens has to offer, it's well-worth the asking price.

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3. Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. 

Panasonic Lumix G 30mm Macro F2 8 Lens (4)

The Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH is designed to be used with Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system cameras and provides an angle of view equivalent to a 60mm lens on a 35mm camera and life-size magnification at its closest focus distance. It also sports a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and Mega O.I.S. Image stabilisation. 

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4. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens 

Canon Ef 100mm Macro High Res

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM features optical image stabilisation, life-size magnification, and weather-sealed construction. The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS features an ultra-sonic motor and scored well in our review. 

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5. Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G ED IF VR Micro Lens 

Nikon Nikkor AF S 105mm Micro Lens (4)

This Micro lens from Nikon sports a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, a silent wave focusing motor, which allows full-time manual focus override and Nikon's Nano-Crystal anti-reflective lens coatings. Life size magnification is also possible at the lens' closest focus distance.

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6. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro 

Olympus M Zuiko 60mm Macro Lens Large (6)

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) cameras provides an angle of view equivalent to a 120mm lens used on a 35mm camera, has a silent MSC focusing motor and produces life-size magnification at its closest focus distance.

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7. Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens 

Sigma 180mm F2 (6)


The Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens offers life size magnification with a fast f/2.8 aperture, along with optical image stabilisation to help keep shots steady. The long telephoto reach means you can get close-up shots without having to go too close to the subject, which should mean you can avoid disturbing or scaring any bugs or wildlife.

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8. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD 

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

With this new 90mm Macro optic, Tamron has brought their 90mm up to date with the latest technology by incorporating Vibration Compensation, silent internal focusing with full-time manual override, moisture sealed construction and newly developed lens coatings to help suppress ghosting and flare. It sports a completely new optical design which uses two ELD (Extra Low Dispersion) elements and one LD (Low Dispersion) element and is available in a number of different lens mounts.

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9. Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR 

Pentax DA FA Macro 100mm F2 8 WR (7)

The Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR lens provides an angle of view equivalent to a 150mm on a 35mm format camera when mounted on a Pentax Digital SLR. It sports a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, life-size magnification at its closest focusing distance and weather resistant construction.

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10. Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro 

Sony 50mm FE Macro (3)

The Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens is a universally useful optic and the ability to continue to focus right down to life size is very appealing indeed. It offers excellent sharpness, very low CA, is resistant to flare and distortion levels are low. Add to this the fact that it's lightweight, compact and dust/moisture resistant, Sony is onto a winner. 

Overall, the Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 macro lens is an excellent performer and a pleasure to use, at a realistic price.

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11. Samsung 60mm f/2.8 NX i-Function Macro 

Samsung 60mm f/2.8 NX i-Function Macro Lens


This macro lens for Samsung NX cameras provides an angle of view equivalent to a 90mm lens on a 35mm camera and life-size magnification at its closest focus. It also includes optical images stabilisation and silent focusing. 

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12. Fujifilm Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro 

Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro

This telephoto macro lens for the Fujifilm X series cameras provides a field of view equivalent to a 91mm lens on a 35mm camera, has a bright f/2.4 maximum aperture and produces half life size magnification at its closest focusing distance 

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13. Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC 

Samyang 100mm F2 8 Macro 1 1 Umc Ed (3)

This 100mm manual focus telephoto macro lens offers a fast f/2.8 maximum and life-size magnification at its closest focus distance. The manual focus Samyang 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens is available for a wide variety of lens mounts and has an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/32.

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For more lens suggestions, have a look at our Top Nikon, Tamron, Sigma, Panasonic, Tokina, Olympus, Fujifilm, Samyang, and Canon lenses.

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13 Feb 2016 3:11PM
Thank you for this review, could you please clarify what are the parameters and points of comparison to support your choices of best macro lenses? Are really any of these lenses in your list better than any of the canon macro lenses and if so, did you test them side by side and what are the specific areas where they outperformed the canon macro lenses?.

Thank you very much in advance,


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14 Feb 2016 12:04AM

I have a favourite macro lens that I can't see being beaten by these. Yes, It's really old and manual but what a great lens it still is........

Micro-Nikkor 55mm f3.5
A1 kit 62 engraved pk-3
Manufactured January 1975 - 1977 (according to ser. No. on my lens)

My sample shot:- 1/200, f8, iso 125, w/b flash. Camera: Nikon D2x, hand held.
Shirt button was approx. 100mm from face of lens and illuminated by Nikon SB600
mounted directly on hot shoe with Globe diffuser on flash.
Closeness of subject and use of PK-3 (1:1) gave a depth of field of only 2 - 3mm at best.
The shot is as taken tonight and has only been lightened a little - no other improvements.
If you want to see it with a good read then use this link: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/55f35ai.htm

joshwa Plus
7 826 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2016 11:42AM
Hi George, the list is based on our lens reviews where you can find more information on each lens and how they were individually scored. The list has been updated, thanks. J
ChrisV Plus
11 2.0k 26 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2016 12:04PM
Hmm. I see the Panasonic is a little sharper at the edges wide open than the Olympus - which is sharper in the centre and sharpens up at the edges when stopped down a bit. It lacks the Panny's OiS, but on many Olympus bodies the IBS would beat it by a fair margin in any case. Given that 60 [120 equiv.] is arguably far more useful than 30 [60 equiv.] on a Macro lens it's pretty difficult to work out why the Panasonic would be more desirable for the job.

Don't get me wrong, I'm quite a Panasonic fan and I'm sure it's a good lens, but given its focal length and the competition, I wouldn't even think about adding it to my kit for macro use [but I do have an EM1 too, so the OiS is not any sort of inducement for me].

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