What is the best dedicated macro lens - 50mm, 60mm, 100mm or 105mm focal lengths
If you're looking to purchase a DSLR macro lens for the first time, it's easy to get confused by the range that is available. Here is a run down of the best macro lens for Canon and Nikon Digital SLR cameras.Jump straight to Conclusion for best macro lens with example images
Best Canon macro lensFor Canon Digital SLR camera's, there are 3 popular choices.
Best Nikon macro lensFor photographers who use Nikon SLR camera's, there is:
What is the main differences between a 50mm, 60mm, 100mm and 105mm DSLR macro lens?
Ideally, if you own a Canon DSLR camera, then the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens is currently the best glass for both insect and flower photography. While the best Nikon macro lens is the 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens. Here are two example images.
Hornet Macro Photographed with a Nikon Macro Lens
Digital SLR Camera: Nikon D40 SLR
How this hornet macro was taken
Having a focal length of 105mm allowed the photographer to stay a good distance from the hornet, so not to frighten it away. The camera's ISO was set to 400. This allowed the photographer to take the shot with a f/7.1 aperture, yet at the same time keep the shutter speed to a fast 1/1000th of a second.
Ladybug Macro Photographed with a Canon Macro Lens
Digital SLR Camera: Canon 400D SLR
How this ladybug macro photograph was taken
This little fellow didn't stay on my finger for long, so there wasn't a lot of time to take the shot. Keeping the ISO at 400 allowed the shutter speed to be set at a fast 1/640th of a second, so the camera could easily be hand held.
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