CAMERAS & LENSES FOR MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
Explore the world in intricate detail.
Almost any camera is capable of shooting macro photos, but to get the best shots, cameras with larger sensors will provide better dynamic range and image quality, which will help you capture all of those juicy little details.
SKU: V567SON141Sony Alpha A7 IV Body
With groundbreaking performance in both still and movie recording, the A7 IV is the ideal hybrid, designed to bring to life the artistic visions of today's creators.
SKU: V567SON142Sony Alpha A7 IV with FE 28-70mm Lens
With groundbreaking performance in both still and movie recording, the A7 IV is the ideal hybrid, designed to bring to life the artistic visions of today's creators. Pair it with the FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens for a versatile kit, photographing everything from landscapes to portraits.
SKU: V567CAN211Canon EOS R7 with 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 Lens
The Canon EOS R7 offers maximum versatility for capturing photo and video of fast action, wildlife, and everything in between. The perfect all-around camera for dedicated professionals and advanced hobbyists alike.
SKU: V567NIK272Nikon Z 6II Body
SKU: V567NIK271Nikon Z 5 with Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Lens
Whatever your skill level, the full frame mirrorless Z 5 camera delivers detailed imagery, precision autofocus and the tools you need to be as creative as possible.
SKU: V567CAN180Canon EOS Rebel T7 with 18-55 IS II Lens
SKU: V567CAN213Canon EOS R6 Mark II with RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 IS STM Lens
The EOS R6 Mark II provides multimedia creators with a versatile tool with which explore and achieve their creative vision. 24.2 MP full-frame CMOS sensor, improved resolution, RAW Burst Mode enables shooting at up to 30 fps.
SKU: V567SON131Sony Alpha 7C with 28-60mm f/4-5.6 Lens
Compare the Specs
|Model||Canon EOS R6 Mark II||Canon EOS R7||Canon T7||Nikon Z5||Nikon Z6 II||Sony A7 IV||Sony Alpha 7C|
|Sensor Type/Size||CMOS / 36 x 24 mm / 1.42 x 0.94 in||CMOS / 22.3 x 14.8 mm / 0.88 x 0.58 in||CMOS / 22.3 x 14.9 mm / 0.88 x 0.59 in||CMOS / 35.9 x 23.9 mm / 1.41 x 0.94 in||CMOS / 35.9 x 23.9 mm / 1.41 x 0.94 in||CMOS / 35.9 x 23.9 mm / 0.92 x 0.61 in||Exmor CMOS / 35.6 x 23.8 mm / 1.40 x 0.94 in|
|Processor||DIGIC X||DIGIC X||DIGIC 4+||EXPEED 6||2 X EXPEED 6||BIONZ XR||BIONZ X|
|Stabilization||Up to 8 stops of shake correction with Coordinated IS||5-axis In-body Image Stabilization with auto-level technology||In-lens||3-axis VR/5-axis VR, depending upon lens used||5-axis VR||5-axis optical image||5-axis In-body|
|ISO Sensitivity||100-102400||100-32000 (expandable to 51200)||100-6400 (expandable to 12800)||100-51,200 (Expanded: Low to 50; High to 102,400)||100-51,200 (Expanded: 50 to 204,800)||Still: 100 to 51200, Expandable: 50 to 204800||100-51200 (Expandable: 50-204800)|
Best Pick for Beginners
For those just beginning their photographic journey, or on a tighter budget, we recommend the Canon EOS Rebel T7 with 18-55 IS II Lens. The EOS T7 DSLR camera opens the door to a world of flexible options. Nine autofocus points and AI Servo autofocus will help keep your subject in focus while a 24MP sensor provides enough resolution for high-quality printed photos. The 18-55mm IS II lens features a minimum focus distance of 25 cm (9.84 in) and a circular aperture for exquisite rendering of out-of-focus backgrounds, perfect for portraits and macro photography. Canon offers a wide range of additional lenses, so you can easily expand your creative capabilities.
Take a deeper look at the Canon EOS Rebel T7 with 18-55mm IS II Lens
Choosing a new camera is very much a personal choice, but there’s one model that was most recommended by our experts: The Canon EOS R6 Mark II with RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 IS STM Lens. With a 24.2MP full-frame sensor and a DIGIC X Image Processor to help you capture sharp and detailed images, up to 30fps shooting, blazing fast autofocus, in-body image stabilization, and subject detection developed using Deep Learning, the EOS R6 Mark II carries a suite of features and technical capabilities to make shooting photos and videos a rewarding experience. Shoot photos from as close as one inch away with the RF 24-105mm lens, which features a maximum magnification of 0.5x using Center Macro Focus.
Lenses for Incredible Detail
By definition, a macro lens is one that reproduces the image at a 1:1 ratio of its original size, or greater (ie. 2:1, 3:1, etc.) and can capture images clearly within a short focusing distance. Canon, Nikon, Sony and other major brands offer lenses in this range. Additional options are available as well from third-party brands like Sigma and Tamron, sometimes at lower price points which make them great options for budget-conscious photographers. Specialty lenses like those from Laowa offer more creative flexibility.
SKU: V010NIK204Nikon Nikkor Z MC 50mm F2.8
SKU: V010NIK205Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S
SKU: V568CAN030Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM Lens
SKU: V010CAN159Canon RF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM
SKU: V010SON041Sony FE 90mm f/2.8G OSS Macro Lens
SKU: V010SON064Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
SKU: V568SON012Sony SEL 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens (NEX)
SKU: V010GET613Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN (Art)
SKU: V010GET568Sigma Art 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro
SKU: V010GET486Sigma OS 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
SKU: V010CAN107Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens
SKU: V010RES182Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra-Macro Lens
Macro Shots from a Distance
Getting up close to your subject can sometimes interfere with the lighting. Sometimes getting up close isn’t possible at all. How do you capture macro shots of something you can’t get close to?
Not only do telephoto lenses solve this problem, but they can also bring more creative options to the picture, such as better depth of field, more natural light and a wider range of framing opportunities. Olympus has some helpful information on shooting telephoto macro photos in this article.
Macro for Every Season
The changing seasons offer new opportunities to capture photos. Birds migrate south or shed their summer garb for winter snowsuits. Leaves flare into brilliant hues before succumbing to gravity. Winter creeps in – first frosts, first snowfall. There are plenty of opportunities to grab your camera and explore the world. Read Get ready for the colors of autumn with macro photography for inspiration and ideas!
Find the support you need to maintain focus, bags to carry your gear, and other accessories to help you enjoy the art of macro photography.
SKU: V306RES099Cameron Mag Slider Macro Rail
SKU: V372GDX034Godox 50x50cm Portable Studio Light Box
SKU: V013CAN023Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II
SKU: V013CAN026Canon MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite
SKU: V303AMP385Vanguard VS-82 Macro Tabletop Tripod
SKU: V303AMP433Vanguard Veo 3T+ 234AB Aluminum BH with Monopod
SKU: V303AMP397Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB with BH100 Head
SKU: V459GDX007Godox TT350S Mini TTL Flash
SKU: V459GDX022Godox V350 Mini TTL Flash
SKU: V592NIK021Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Cord
SKU: V147MOM001Moment Rugged Camera Sling - NorthPak
Moment Rugged Camera Sling - NorthPak
SKU: V047DAY081Lowepro ProTactic BP AW II Green Line
SKU: V509RES833Lexar Pro 1667X SDXC UHS-II/U3
SKU: V107AMP001Kenko Extension Tube Set Sony FE
SKU: V107BOO004Kenko Extension Tube Set, Canon EOS
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We’ve found a few resources that you might find helpful as you explore your options:
Tips, example images and an overview of commercial photographer Jody Dole’s setup for shooting photos of jewellery. Read Bright Ideas: Tips and Techniques for Photographing Jewellery