The Top 20 Best Canon Macro Lenses for EOS DSLRs

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Macro photography can be spectacular, just take a look at the these macro photographs of insects. We also wrote a guide with some tips for taking macro photographs if you need a few pointers.

“Macro” lenses specifically designed for close-up work, with a long barrel for close focusing and optimized for high reproduction ratios, are one of the most common tools for macro photography. (Unlike most other lens makers, Nikon designates its macro lenses as “Micro” because of their original use in making microform.) Most modern macro lenses can focus continuously to infinity as well and can provide excellent optical quality for normal photography. True macro lenses, such as the Canon MP-E 65 mm f/2.8 or Minolta AF 3x-1x 1.7-2.8 Macro, can achieve higher magnification than life size, enabling photography of the structure of small insect eyes, snowflakes, and other minuscule objects.

But what sort of lens do you need to start macro photography ? Well in our next equipments series we will be taking a look at popular lenses for each manufacturer as ranked by Amazon.com users. Today we look at the popular lenses for Canon DSLR cameras.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

Canon’s newest “L” series lens is its first mid-telephoto macro lens to include Canon’s sophisticated Image Stabilization. With the highest quality optics available, combined with near-silent Ultrasonic focusing and life-size close-up capabilities without an adapter, the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is simply unrivalled.

 

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Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM

By revolutionizing the optical and structural design of the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, this new lens achieves a compact size and a minimum focusing distance of 13.8″. New material, Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) maintains its structure and has little contractility especially in varying temperatures, is incorporated into the lens barrel.

 

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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Bring small things into full-sized view with the Canon EF 100mm macro USM lens. Macro lenses can uncover detail that would be impossible to detect by the eye and give new perspective to extremely minute subjects such as insects or the petals of a small flower, and this lens is no exception.

 

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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

  • Measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 2.8 inches long , 1-year warranty
  • Silent and powerful ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) for autofocusing
  • 25-degree angle of view is equivalent to 96mm lens on 35mm camera
  • 60mm macro lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture for EOS digital SLR cameras
  • Floating optical system can focus down to life-size 1:1 magnification
  • Measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 2.8 inches long; 1-year warranty

 

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Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD LD

The acclaimed Tamron 18-270mm VC ultra zoom for APS-C format DSLRs has reached an astonishing new level of compactness, performance, and speed with the addition of PZD (Piezo Drive), an innovative ultrasonic autofocus motor based on an advanced piezoelectric design. The result is a lens that’s considerably lighter, and noticeably shorter and slimmer (filter diameter: 62mm) than any previous lens in its class, and provides faster, quieter auto-focusing.

 

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Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD

Tamron’s original development of proprietary core technologies such as Aspherical element production, Multiple Cam Mechanism and Integrated Focus Cam design lend to the creation of the world’s lightest, most compact 11x zoom lens made for digital SLR cameras.

 

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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens

Want to bring small things into full-sized view? Turn to the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro lens, which can uncover detail that would otherwise be impossible to detect by the naked eye. Ideal for shooting extremely minute subjects such as insects or the petals of a small flower, the lens offers a nine-element design and a floating optical system that focuses down from infinity to one-half life size (0.5x).

 

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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

The Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras is a telephoto lens that offers excellent cost performance and is optimized for use with digital SLR cameras. Capable of macro photography, this lens has a 1:2 maximum close-up magnification at the 300 millimeter focal length.

 

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Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

 

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Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC

Unleash the picture power of your digital SLR with this remarkable new compact, lightweight all-in-one zoom lens. Covering an impressive 10.7X, wide-to-longtelephotozoom range on both full-frame and APS-C format digital SLRs it gets down to an incredible 0.49m (19.3″) at 300mm in Macro mode for dramatic framefilling close-ups.

 

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Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro Lens

This exciting new high-speed, high-performance F/2.8 telephoto zoom for full-frame and APS-C format SLRs delivers outstanding imaging performance in a remarkably convenient package plus best close-focusing ability in its class down to 0.95m (37.4″) (1:3.1 at 200mm) throughout the range.

 

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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens

The Sigma APO 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras is a telephoto zoom lens with tele-macro functionality. Optimized for digital cameras, this high-performance lens has two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements in the front lens group and one in the rear lens group.

 

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Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens

A unique manual-focus lens designed exclusively for macro shooting, between life-size (1x) and 5x life-size – at its maximum magnification, you can fill a 35mm frame with a grain of rice. Compatible with the Macro Ring Lites and Macro Twin Lite, it eliminates the need for awkward bellows accessories for many macro shooters.

 

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Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens

Designed for optimum handling ease and portability (it weighs only 458g <16.2oz.> ), it’s ideal for handheld shooting with full-frame and APS-C format SLRs. Its unsurpassed close-focusing ability (down to 0.95m (3.1 feet ) or 1:2 in macro mode) makes it perfect for nature and portrait photography.

 

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Canon EF 180mm f3.5L Macro USM AutoFocus Telephoto Lens

 

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Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Lens

Sigma launched its first standard 50mm macro lens in 1990, and followed it up with an improved model in 1998. The advent of digital SLR cameras, however, required updated optical technology and a better imaging performance. Enter the latest incarnation of the 50mm macro lens, with an improved design that corrects for various aberrations.

 

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Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro Lens

The latest version of the venerable Tamron 90mm Macro, this lens is widely used by naturalists and other pros who need top imaging performance plus a longer lens-to-subject (working) distance to enable easier lighting and access to skittish subjects. Improved resolution, chromatic correction, and coatings make it a superb choice for full-frame or APS-C format SLRs.

 

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Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro Planar ZE Manual Focus Macro Lens

With the introduction of the Makro-Planar T* 2/50, Carl Zeiss expands its existing ZE line of lenses for EF-mount cameras. Owners of EOS camera models can now create detail-rich macro images that allow the effective use of both sharpness and unsharpness to be deployed as creative elements.

 

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Tamron AF 60mm f/2.0 SP DI II LD IF

This exciting new lens is the first in its class to combine topnotch macro shooting performance down to 1:1 ( life-size on-sensor image ) with unequalled depth of field control and extended low-light shooting ability thanks to is ultra-wide F2 aperture. With a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 93mm, it’s a superb choice for portraits and its two LD glass elements and internal focusing (IF) endow it with exceptional imaging performance.

 

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Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens

High performance, large aperture medium telephoto macro lens with OS (Optical Stabilizer). SLD glass provides good control of aberration and the floating inner focus system ensures high rendering throughout the focusing range. By using Sigma’s APO Tele Converter, it is possible to take photos at greater than 1:1 magnification.

 

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