Best Macro Lenses for Nikon DSLR Cameras

Are you wondering what are the best macro lenses for Nikon cameras.

Well, we have the answer. If you are looking for a macro lens for your Nikon SLR, this post will interest you. 

Nikon DSLR (Digital SLR) cameras have two size sensors, APS-C and Full Frame, and Nikon lenses are designed for these two sensor sizes. You can use full-frame lenses on APS-C cameras, but it doesn’t work as well the other way around.

The lenses on the best macro lens list are for full-frame (FX) DSLRs, but they also work well on smaller format (DX) models. The only difference is that on a Nikon DX, the effective focal length is 1.5 times longer.

What are the best macro lenses for Nikon DSLR cameras?

1.-Nikon AF-S DX Micro 85mm F3.5 G ED macro lens (fixed focal length 127.5mm, aperture f / 3.5, image stabilizer): macro lens with fast and quiet autofocus.

It has a minimum focal length of just 0.286 m and Vibration Reduction II (VR II) stabilization system that allows you to use shutter speeds up to 3.0 stops slower, so we get very sharp photos, something important when working on the macro ground. 

Some people argue that vibration reduction and stabilization are not very important for macro shots, as you really have to use a tripod. A lot of people want to be able to shoot macro on the go, and many macro subjects (like little insects) might not sit still long enough to put the camera on a tripod. It has a fast and quiet autofocus.

2.-Nikon AF-S 105mm f / 2.8G VR IF-ED Micro macro lens (105mm fixed focal length, f / 2.8 aperture, image stabilizer): expensive but spectacular lens

Nikon’s most impressive macro lens… and it’s worth it… This was the world’s first macro lens to include an optical image stabilizer. High-end manufacturing includes weather sealing, an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) optical element, Nano-Crystal coating to reduce ghosting, and a ring-type ultrasonic autofocus.

Autofocus and VR (Vibration Reduction) work well, but you don’t get any real benefits in very close close-ups. Manual focus is more accurate than other Nikon lenses and image quality is generally very good, but the lens is somewhat expensive.

3.-Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens (fixed focal length 105mm, aperture f / 2.8-22, diameter 79mm): good option for price quality

Joke price and tremendous features. Its design includes a fast and quiet ultrasonic autofocus type ring and a four-stroke optical stabilizer. It has two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) elements that help produce excellent image sharpness.

Distortion is not a problem on this lens. The autofocus is good in all lighting conditions and the build quality is tremendous.

4.-Macro lens Samyang 100mm F2.8 ED UMC Macro – Lens (SLR, 15/12, Macro, Canon, Black, 7.25 cm): good option for value for money

A completely manual use lens.  The Nikon version includes the electronics and mechanics necessary to adjust the aperture from the camera. The lens is well designed.

The focus ring has a very long travel and allows excellent precision for very fine adjustments. It has high quality optical elements such as ED (Extra Low Dispersion) and HR (High Refraction) glass. The sharpness and contrast of the images are good even at the widest apertures. A good option for quality price.

5.-Tamron SP 90mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD Macro: macro lens with tremendous sharpness

An excellent 90mm lens. Offers VC (Vibration Compensation) optical stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Unit) autofocus. The ring-type ultrasonic autofocus system is optimized for macro shooting and is fast and accurate at any distance, with a three-position range limiter.

Image quality is very good with this lens, with tremendously good contrast and sharpness. The only downside is that it is somewhat expensive.

6.-Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G: Cheap macro lens for your Nikon.

One of the cheapest Nikon macro lenses you can find for your APS-C. It is a 40mm DX format macro lens (. It offers a fast f / 2.8 maximum aperture and a 1: 1 reproduction ratio. You will not be able to use this lens on your Full Frame camera (you will lose a lot of resolution).

It only weighs 235 grams, the build quality is decent without any fuss. It is not a 100% weather-sealed lens, so be careful taking photos in less than favorable conditions. It is very bright … and really affordable for your pocket. A good way to get started in macro photography.

7.-Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 200mm F4D – Lens with mount for Nikon 

We already tell you: it is not cheap … and it is for professionals. It has been manufactured for many years… and for good reason: it’s a really good lens. It is somewhat heavy and cumbersome.

It is a telephoto lens that can focus from 48cm and that will give you a 1: 1 perspective of the smallest subjects. It is a type D lens so it does not have an autofocus motor.

The aperture goes up to f / 4, which means that it is not as fast as some of the previous lenses. And another consequence is that bokeh is nothing to write home about (better buy a specific lens for this).

It has a Proximity Correction System (CRC), rounded diaphragm of 9 blades.

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