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Top 5 Best Canon Macro Lens

Macro photography is intensely close-up photography most commonly invoked by nature photographers. Good macro lenses can double as portrait lenses because of their fast aperture, resulting in stunning shallow depth of field. While macro photography used to perform much better on full-frame cameras, crop sensor macro lenses have vastly improved in recent years. Here are our top choices for macro lenses compatible with Canon cameras.


Canon 60mm EF–S f/2.8 USM

This macro lens is a great introductory lens if you’re just foraying into macro photography. It’s only compatible with a crop-sensor camera, but with an aperture of 2.8 it’s a good portrait lens as well.

Pros:
• Fast Ultrasonic Motor autofocus function
• Small and lightweight compared to other macro lenses
• Sturdy, durable design
• Internal focusing function so length of lens doesn’t change
• No visible chromatic aberrations

Cons:
• No image stabilization
• Doesn’t perform well in low light
• Need tripod for macro video work

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Canon MP–E65 f/2.8

This macros lens is the premiere model compatible with a Canon if you’re looking to go past a 1:1 magnification ratio.

Pros:
• Compatible on both full frame and crop sensor bodies
• Can deliver images up to 5x actual size of subject
• Good color rendering
• Very sharp image quality

Cons:
• No autofocus function (manual focusing only)
• No anti-shake function
• Doesn’t always perform well in low light situations

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Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX HSM

This sturdy lens is the longest of Sigma’s macro lenses. It’s built for full-frame cameras but is compatible with crop-sensor bodies as well. It’s a great choice if you’re currently working on a crop-sensor but think you may move up to a full-frame.

Pros:
• Focus ring with rubberized grip is easy to turn, operates smoothly
• Detachable tripod ring and lens hood included
• Internal focusing means lens length does not change (good for nature photography)
• On the inexpensive end of Canon-compatible macro lens spectrum

Cons:
• Chromatic aberrations common in high contrast situations
• Autofocus can be slow in low light situations
• Not good for wide angle shots

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Canon 100mm EF f/2.8L


This macro is part of Canon’s L-series lineup, high-end lenses for serious photographers that deliver stunning images and reliable, durable performance.

Pros:
• Compatible with both crop-sensor and full-frame bodies
• Canon’s first hybrid image stabilization system reduces lens shift and angular motion
• Lens hood included
• Anti-shake
• Weather-sealed

Cons:
• More expensive end of Canon macro line-up
• Lens hood is loose
• Heavier than other macro lenses

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Tamron 60mm f/2.0 DI II


Another lens capable of true 1:1 magnification, this Tamron macro was the first lens manufactured for crop-sensor bodies with an aperture fast enough to capture truly shallow depth of field portrait images.

Pros:
• Internal focusing mechanism—constant lens length (great for nature photography)
• Sturdy, durable design
• Can operate manual focus while in Autofocus mode

Cons:
• Rubberized focus ring is a bit difficult to turn
• No image stabilization
• Autofocus doesn’t function well on Canon D-line bodies

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