Top 19 Best Macro Lenses For Macro Photography 2019 - Top 11 - 19

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11. Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro 

Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro

 

The Canon range of tilt and shift lenses is unique and impressive, and without a doubt, if there is a commercial need for what they offer then they will be purchased for that purpose and the price will be acceptable. The fact that it is a macro lens, as well as a tilt and shift lens, is a very powerful combination.

The Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro is a beautiful lens and has the potential to produce beautiful and unique results, but for an amateur purchase, we would need deep pockets. However, for some, it might be a possibility and it would be a very desirable lens to own.

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12. Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro 

Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro

 

As a general purpose short telephoto for portraits, landscapes, etc., it may be that the loss of AF will be an inconvenience. However, in the arena of macro shooting, this lens comes into its own, being what it is clearly designed for. Very often MF is the method of choice for macro shooting anyway. All the accuracy of the focusing is concentrated in the macro range and the image snaps clearly into focus in the viewfinder or on the monitor screen.

The Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro lens is a well made, well-priced lens that will do the job efficiently and to an excellent standard.

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13. 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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14. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX IF HSM Macro 

Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO EX DG HSM Macro

 

The Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX IF HSM Macro lens is capable of superb results and even performs well enough at maximum aperture to double as a long portrait lens if shallow depth of field and compression of perspective is required. Overall, it's a very tempting package. To be able to get a lens capable of high-resolution images, with no evidence of colour aberrations, high-speed AF and 1:1 magnification for such a competitive price screams great value.

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15. 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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16. Fujifilm Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR 1:1 Macro 

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR 1:1 Macro

 

There is no doubt that the Fujinon 80mm f/2.8 Macro is a superb lens, but then so it should be as it is priced considerably above the rest of the market. Unfortunately for Fuji X users, there are limited options, but other marques have all sorts of fine macro lenses available to them. It is hard to find a bad macro lens where they all aspire to excellence, being a flagship optic for most marques.

It's always a dilemma, but in summary, the lens is outstanding but the price is very high. It will serve those who take the plunge and buy it very well and looks likely to last for many years of hard service.

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17. Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro 

Sony Fe 50mm F2,8 Macro Front Oblique View

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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18. 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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19. 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 'Best Gear' section of the site where we have a variety of lens-specific top lists. 


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Comments


BydoR9 8 22 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2019 4:37PM
Sigma 150 macro?
7 Mar 2019 8:57AM

Quote:Sigma 150 macro?


Excellent shout - added. Smile
BydoR9 8 22 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2019 12:37PM
Nice one! GrinGrin
nclark 10 8 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2019 10:26AM
I see the ratings are just those from Amazon customer reviews, nothing the do with “tested by ephotozine” (if I’m wrong can you add the links to the reviews).
So you can add the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30 mm 1:3.5 Macro Lens at the top of the list - 5 stars. Great lens, higher than 1:1 macro.
DPW 2 United States
10 Mar 2019 3:11PM
I realize that Pentax is considered the red-headed step child by many, completely undeserved by the way, but you couldn't find an image of the excellent D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR?
11 Mar 2019 12:46AM
It seems the authors have not heard of the Pentax k-1, a full frame camera.
Your statement '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' is just plain wrong.

It provides FOV of 100mm on a 35mm sensor (or film camera). It provides an equivalent of 150mm when mounted on a crop sensor body. Each of the lenses listed would provide a different FOV if mounted on a body with a different sized sensor.

The statement " This is an excellent addition to the options available, especially perhaps for Pentax users who have had no option at all before this." is also incorrect. Pentax have long had a stellar 200mm macro lens, which still fetches high prices because of it's reputation and performance. https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-A-Star-200mm-F4-Macro-Lens.html

You also left out a lens considered by knowledgeable and reputable sources to be perhaps 'the best lens of all' the Pentax DA35mm macro (designed for crop sensor bodies) Then there are another couple of 100mm Macro lenses and a 50mm macro as well. So much for "Pentax users having no option before this" Hooey. every lens ever made by Pentax will still mount and meter on the latest and every body Pentax has produced. The lens arsenal is vast.
DPW 2 United States
11 Mar 2019 1:43PM
Excellent points all wizofoz. Smile
I realize that, by including "2019," your title implies only current-production lenses. (And I realize you get funding for selling such things.)

But there are many wonderful bargains out there in legacy glass. I'm most familiar with Olympus, but other vendors great legacy macro lines, as well, that can easily be adapted to most mirrorless cameras.

What do you get when you give up autofocus? Often, a full stop of light, as with the wonderful Olympus OM 90mm ƒ/2 Macro lens, and often, better build quality, with solid, metal bodies instead of plastic, and often better image quality, especially for "range specific" macro lenses.

Olympus had a full line of range-specific macro lenses that, within their range, are equal or better than just about anything made today. With the incredible Telescoping Extension Tube (TET), you could go from infinity to a microscopic range of 20:1 magnification, without using a fragile and clumsy bellows. (The Micro-Nikkors are similar, although they require a bellows.) Olympus also had a full range of lighting and positioning paraphernalia for macro.

The best part is that these legacy macro lenses are generally much cheaper than modern equivalents. But I realize they are a non-revenue item for ePhotozine.
Cynog 7 3 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2019 7:48AM
I so agree with the comments above about Pentax. I have the 100 mm, the 50 mm and the 35 mm Limited, all superb lenses. I also have an old A series 50mm f2.8 Macro that performs excellently on the K-1 and K-3. I see that the Canon TS lenses get a good shout, but no mention of the Nikon equivalents. I know you can't include every macro lens, but let's face it, nearly all of them are excellent performers.
cvh01 5
14 Sep 2019 8:52PM
Many of those who want to use macro lenses are looking for image quality, which means measuring and publishing data on vignetting, chromatic aberration, geometric distortion etc. I am prepared (and do) to use a variety of adapters to fit a good lens to my camera to get a flat field with minimum chromatic aberration across that field at 1:1.
This listing provides no data, no ranking of features. Nothing that I can use to choose between them, except the focal length and aperture which I can see on the lens.
Useless.
monobod 11 9 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2019 9:03AM
The Pentax DFA 2.8 Macro lens is full frame, not an APS-C as you suggest. It does work on APS-C cameras of course at 1.5x crop but it is a full frame lens working on the K-1 at 100mm. The D in this case means 'Digital'. This is obviously an old review before the K-1???
cvh01 5
18 Nov 2019 10:33PM
What I expected to see was a ranked summary of the key apects (in numerial detail) for each macro lens: focal length, best aperture, maximum magnification, flatness of field, amount of CA, price point etc. So apart from pretty pictures, this "review" is just about useless.
joshwa Plus
9 905 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2019 8:21AM
Hi cvh01 - this isn't a review - it's a buyers guide - with links to the reviews where you'll find all the information on the lenses, thanks, Josh

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