Macro Lenses

A note on terminology here. While most manufactures call their lenses Macro Lenses, Nikon calls their lenses the more technically correct name of Micro Lenses. Here are the most popular Canon and Nikon lenses. There are also a number of third party lenses available. With the exception of the Canon 65mm, macro lenses are really just a prime lens with highly corrected optics that can focus closer than their conventional lens peers, and are also designed to excel at flat field reproduction, so you’ll notice less distortion in the corners of the image. The Canon 65mm is a highly specialized lens useful only for macro photography and is discussed more in depth on its own page.

Lens & Max Image Size Closest Focus Est. Price
Canon 50mm f/2.5 – 1/2 X 0.8 feet $350
Nikon 60mm f/2.8 – 1 X 0.6 feet $600
Canon 100mm f/2.8 – 1 X 1 foot $600
Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS – 1 X 1 foot $900
Nikon 105mm F/2.8 ED-IF – 1 X 1 foot $950
Canon 180mm f/3.5 – 1 X 1.6 feet $1500
Nikon 200mm f/4D ED-IF – 1 X 1.6 feet $1500
Canon 65mm MP-E f/2.8 – 5 X 0.75 feet $950


Continue with the Canon 65mm MP-E page