What is your favorite DSLR lens for macro photography?

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (10 posts)
  1. randomcreative profile image91
    randomcreativeposted 7 years ago

    What is your favorite DSLR lens for macro photography?

    I do a lot of product photography for my Etsy shop and a lot of close up photography work for my blog and HubPages articles.  I'm in the market for my first DSLR within the next year and am looking for lens recommendations.  Thanks!

  2. MickS profile image67
    MickSposted 7 years ago

    I use a Canon film camera for macrophotography, an EOS33v.  I have a Sigma 105mm macro prime lens, it has always served me well and wil fit Canon EOS digital cameras.

    1. randomcreative profile image91
      randomcreativeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the tip!

    2. MickS profile image67
      MickSposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I omitted to say that this is a true macro lens, 1:1.  I believe they also produce a 180mm macro lens which alows you to get further away from the subjectand still get 1:1.

    3. randomcreative profile image91
      randomcreativeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's good to know, thanks!

  3. photographyadvice profile image71
    photographyadviceposted 7 years ago

    I don't think I have ever head of any "main brand" macro lens that is not considered sharp. By main brand I mean any of the major lens manufacturers, Nikon, Canon, Sigma, Tokina, Tamron, Olympus, etc. So they are probably all "much of a muchness" as far as sharpness goes.

    Autofocus speed can vary, but for taking photos of static objects, that's not very important.

    Longer focal lengths (e.g. 200mm) allow you to stand further away while getting the same magnification as a short focal length lens (e.g. 60mm) would at a closer distance. So a long focal length macro is good if you're trying to photograph a skittish insect, but not so good for photographing something in a small room (as you don't have enough room to move back far enough).

    Bear in mind also that if you decide on a Nikon lens, then it will only work with a Nikon camera, and the same for other camera manufacturer specific lenses. A lens from a third party manufacturer like Sigma, Tokina, and Tamron will probably be available in the mount of whatever DSLR you decide to go with.

    If you are into extreme macro (above 1:1 magnification), then I would suggest Canon as they have a specialist high magnification macro-only lens. But from your description, it doesn't sound like you are. (And the lens is very expensive as well).

    1. randomcreative profile image91
      randomcreativeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks so much for your tips!  I really appreciate the details about brands and different focal lengths.

  4. profile image0
    ghiblipgposted 7 years ago

    For macro, I strongly recommend a real macro lens rather than cheaper alternative like extension tube.

    DSLR like Canon and Nikon both are good for beginner. But I prefer Nikon as there are 2 dial buttons at the front and back (one for shutter, one for aperture). If some of the features are hidden to reduce the physical button, most likely you will need to do multiple press to access the feature.

    Since you are taking still life, a 60mm range macro range would be a good start. Long focal length will have smaller depth of field (DOF). You will need to turn your aperture number high in order to gain back the DOF. This will trade off your image sharpness.

    Long focal length macro lens like 100mm or 200mm are suitable for macro shot of insect, where they will move away when you going near them.

    Lighting is another item, if you move close to your subject, there are chances you will block the surrounding light fall on your subject. If necessary, get a light box or light tent.

    Good luck smile

    1. randomcreative profile image91
      randomcreativeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the tips about lenses and the details about depth of field and aperture!  I do use a light box.

    2. profile image0
      ghiblipgposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      btw, for cost value macro lens, i recommend Tamron 90mm. But if you looking for feature rich (vibration compensation) and better glass coating or build quality. Look for Canon or Nikon macro lens like 105mm VR.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)