The 10 Best Macro Lenses For Canon

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in August of 2018. Close-up photography can give you stunning images of highly magnified flora and fauna, but it's also very effective for capturing detailed portraits of people and products, too. Whether you're an amateur dabbling in new equipment or a seasoned shooter expanding your kit, this list offers a range of macro lenses with great features at varying prices, all of which mount on Canon cameras. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best macro lens for canon on Amazon.

10. EF-M 28mm f/3.5

9. Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC

8. RF 35mm f/1.8 STM

7. Sigma 105mm f/2.8

6. Sigma 70mm f/2.8

5. Tamron 90mm f/2.8 DI VC

4. Canon Tilt-Shift 90mm f/2.8L

3. Irix 150mm f/2.8 1:1 Dragonfly

2. EF-S 35mm f/2.8

1. EF 100mm f/2.8 L

Editor's Notes

October 23, 2019:

Without a ton of new macro additions to their lineup over the years, a list like this one is going to contain some slightly older models. There should be a reasonable limit to this, however, especially as new camera bodies are demanding more from their lenses in terms of autofocusing coverage and capabilities. To that end, in evaluating the available models on the market, we decided to get rid of a small handful that were included on our last list due purely to age. In their places, we've added some excellent third-party offerings, such as the Irix 150mm f/2.8 1:1 Dragonfly, as well as a new model from Canon, the RF 35mm f/1.8 STM, that's intended for their recently created line of full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Some hesitation went into the inclusion of a few models that only offer a 1:2 magnification ratio, as 1:1 is what would be considered true-macro, but with some important, high-performance models in the company's lineup landing at that ratio, we thought it prudent to include them for their macro capabilities, even if it chafes the odd purist. At the end of the day, the close focusing abilities, incredible resolution, and in one case, the perspective control of these lenses makes them viable contenders, and we made sure to give them their appropriate knocks in placement for the lack of true-macro magnification.


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Last updated on October 27, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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