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