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 as Spring’s on its way, we thought now would be the perfect time to count down the top macro lenses ePHOTOzine’s reviewed so when flowers do start springing up from the ground, you’re armed and ready with the right photography kit.
1. Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS
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.
2. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD
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.
3. Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH.
The Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH is designed to be used with 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.
4. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
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.
5. Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G ED IF VR Micro Lens
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.
6. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens for Micro Four Thirds 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.
7. Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens
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.
8. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 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.
9. Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR
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.
10. Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro
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.
11. Samsung 60mm f/2.8 NX i-Function Macro
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.
12. Fujifilm Fujinon 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
13. Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC
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.