Macro lenses are extremely essential when it comes to close-up photography as the kit zoom fails to deliver the details. Macro photography or close up photography has been a photographer’s favorite spare time and the built in kit zooms that come along with the normal DSLRs are just not enough to deliver a thumping punch. Therefore, in this article we will be looking at best lenses for macro photography of 2016.Macro-lens-t-600x400

Best lenses for Macro Photography of 2016

50-60mm (equivalent) short macros

These are basically lenses with short focal-length and in monetary terms are on the cheaper side as well. This is one of the quintessential reasons as to why these are best suitable for beginners or amateurs. The only downside would be the fact that these lenses demand from the photographer to be very close to the subject which causes subject animals to scare away and henceforth key moments are often not captured. Despite this, these are ideal for macro photography and from a budgetary/monetary aspect, nothing beats them.Nikon-40mm-f2.8-Macro

50-60mm options

A few examples would be the Canon EF 50mm Compact Macro which can be bought for $250, the Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm which can be bought for as low as $200 and last but not least the Sony DT 30mm Macro SAM which is the cheapest of them all at.

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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

$215.00

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Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G

$276.95

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Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited

$395.94

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Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro

$199.00

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Sony DT 30mm f/2.8 Macro SAM

$173.00

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100mm (equivalent) short telephoto macros

A 100mm lens is probably is one of the best lenses for macro photography as it provides a great mix among various choices such as price, shooting distance, weight, size etc. Most popular lenses for macro photography are often sold by 3rd party manufacturers.Canon-EF-100mm-f2

Full-frame Options

A few of the full frame lenses for macro photography are listed here below:

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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro

$799.00

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Carl Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*

$1,429.00

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Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

$569.00

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Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR

$896.95

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Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro

$748.00

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Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

$1,098.00

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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8Di VC USD 1:1 Macro

$749.00

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APS-C options

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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

$419.00

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Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro

$499.00

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Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED

$596.95

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Samsung NX 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA

$466.18

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Tamron SP AF 60mm F/2 Di II LD IF Macro

$524.00

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Micro four third Options

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro

$399.00

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Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 Asph OIS

$699.99

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Longer Telephoto Macro Lenses

These macro lenses are longer in focal length mostly in the range of 150-200mm and are considered a specialist tool for macro photography. A downside to them is their enormous size and expensive nature but on the bright side, they allow you the freedom to stand back and capture the subject from a fair amount of distance which helps if one is capturing wildlife nature in general.Sigma-150mm_OS_Macro

Telephoto Macro Options

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Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

$1,399.00

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Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED-IF

$1,791.95

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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro HSM

$769.00

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Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS APO Macro HSM

$1,699.00

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Budget options

Close-up Lenses

A close-up lens is probably your cheapest option when it comes to macro photography. These do not occupy more space than what a magnifying glass would and are extremely cheap. Albeit, these are rare in existence but due to their inexpensive nature, they are your best bet if you are a little low on budget.

Extension Tubes

In order to decrease the focus distance and subsequently increase the magnification, extension tubes are a great utility that can be attached between the lens and the camera. Since, the extension tubes do not contain any optical element, henceforth they would not decrease the image quality whatsoever. Their best utilization comes when they are used with 50mm prime lenses.