We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Macro photography can provide some of the most compelling images in the art form, revealing details in everything from insects to the human eye that we might otherwise take for granted. The lenses for Nikon cameras on our list represent the best offerings for that brand’s bodies, ranked here by their image quality, handling, and durability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.
8. AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G
The AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G might not boast the company’s top-tier glass elements, especially when compared with other options in their lineup, but with an effective focal length of approximately 128mm, it provides nice soft backgrounds.
The focusing distance switch on the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 AF EX DG lets you tell the lens about how far away your subject is from the camera sensor, allowing it to cut down on any hunting that might occur and to get your images sharper faster.
The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC provides shooters with an unexpectedly high level of performance from a third-party manufacturer, as well as physical resistance to dust and moisture, so you can use it in a variety of challenging environments.
The AF-S FX Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G features a minimum focusing distance of just eight inches, meaning you can get incredibly close to your subject and still pull off sharp shots. It’s designed for use on full-frame camera bodies.
The Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG comes with a rugged zippered case that does a great job of protecting your investment while in transit or just between shoots. Its floating focus system drastically cuts down on any potential aberrations.
Used as much by portrait photographers as almost any other lens, the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G adds an effective element of vibration reduction to allow shooters to wield it handheld and still get bright, sharp images.
The AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G may be intended for a body with an APS-C sized sensor, but that means its crop factor gives you an 80mm equivalent in a small and lightweight package that has a fast enough aperture to maintain a shallow depth of field.
The AF FX Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D boasts a focal length that will allow you to approach more skittish subjects from a safe enough distance not to spook them, so your shots of insects and other small wildlife will turn out beautifully.