The 8 Best Macro Lenses For Nikon Cameras

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in March of 2018. Macro photography can provide some of the most compelling images in the art form, revealing details in everything from insects to the human eye that we might otherwise miss. The lenses on our list come from a variety of companies, and represent the best offerings for Nikon's diverse lineup of full-frame and APS-C bodies, ranked here by their image quality, handling, and durability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best macro lenss for nikon camera on Amazon.

8. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX

7. AF-S Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G DX

6. Irix 150mm f/2.8 Dragonfly

5. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC

4. FX Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D

3. AF-S FX Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G

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

1. AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G

Editor's Notes

October 17, 2019:

The search for a good macro lens is fraught with what must, unfortunately, be referred to as impostors. There are lenses on the market that label themselves as macro lenses, relying on an artificial distinction between macro and true-macro to justify their advertising. The result is a handful of models — many from Sigma — that are good lenses with close focusing distances and a reasonably tight magnification ratio. The problem is that unless you're achieving a 1:1 ratio, you aren't shooting macro, and many of these lenses top out at 1:3.

In reevaluating our list for this latest ranking, we lost the Sigma 150mm, as it's no longer available new, and we found a remarkable aftermarket option from Irix, a Korean manufacturer with some impressive imaging specs. It does struggle with compensating for aperture adjustments in TTL strobe setups, and it's limited to manual focus, but many macro shooters prefer to focus manually anyway.

Nikon, somewhat surprisingly, hasn't come out with anything new in the macro department in several years. It's reasonable to assume they'll have a good option sooner than later for their new line of mirrorless Z cameras, but there's nothing to speak of as of yet.


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Last updated on October 22, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

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