The 8 Best Macro Lenses For Nikon Cameras

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.

  • Vr 2 image stabilization
  • Good color reproduction
  • Not sharp enough when wide open

Brand Nikon
Model 2190
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 AF EX DG

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.

  • Durable carrying case
  • 72 millimeter filter size
  • On the heavy side

Brand Sigma
Model 106306
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC

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.

  • Fluorine coating on the front glass
  • Focus ring has a great throw
  • Range selector is finicky

Brand Tamron
Model AFF017N700
Weight 2.2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. AF-S FX Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G

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.

  • Weighs under a pound
  • Great value for its price
  • Focus occasionally hunts

Brand Nikon
Model 2177
Weight 9.1 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG

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.

  • Optical stabilization
  • Rounded aperture
  • 16 elements in 11 groups

Brand Sigma
Model 258306
Weight 3.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G

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.

  • Nano crystal coating
  • Includes an extended hood
  • Silent wave focus motor

Brand Nikon
Model 2160
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G

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.

  • Focuses quietly
  • Surprisingly good for portraits
  • Accepts 52 millimeter filters

Brand Nikon
Model NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G AF-S
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. AF FX Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D

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.

  • Very large focusing ring
  • Physical aperture adjustment
  • Rotating tripod mount

Brand Nikon
Model 1989
Weight 3.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0