No matter what the weather, it's always a good time to count down the top macro lenses. 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
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 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.
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 ultrasonic 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. Lifesize 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 (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.
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. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.