The best macro lens for Canon cameras

If macro photography is something you are keen on, you might want to look more closely at one of these camera lenses

Macro shot of dried flowers with a white backdrop and macro canon lens to the right

by Emily Farquhar |

The key to macro or close-up photography is to invest in a decent prime lens. Why? You want image sharpness and quality to be your main priority, no matter your chosen aperture setting and focal length. Detail is another factor in macro photography. Essentially the highest performing macro lenses have a 1:1 reproduction ratio and the distinct ability to be enlarged in post-production.

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There are however many different focal lengths to choose from, let alone the full Canon range, which makes the lens selection a little more difficult.

We've shortlisted the best lenses that range from 35mm to 180mm. However, if you are ever stuck, try between 90mm to 105mm to be on the safe side, especially if you are operating on a full-frame camera. This is because when you’re shooting macro, you want to have a balanced distance between you and the subject or object. Too close would be a waste of your time.

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To put it another way, a focal length that is too small could completely scare off what you are shooting, as you would be almost placed on top of it. In saying that, if you are after the wide-angle format, a shorter focal length is your only option. From the Canon range to common third-party branded lenses (Sigma), find out which Canon lens is right for you.

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Emily Farquhar is a Commercial Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, and also writes for, heatworld and Closer across beauty, tech, and lifestyle.

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