The most delicious practicing macro photography is to buy a macro lens. Macro lens is a lens that is specifically designed to shoot from close range. Although in many previous articles we have discussed how to use the extension tube, reverse ring and close-up filter on the kit lens and a 50mm macro lens cheap to obtain, a special macro lens is the most practical, convenient and quality though not cheap. After all, if you do not want to buy a new lens we can afford in the former condition (see tips on buying second-hand lens).
Advantages Compared Macro Lens Extension Tube / Reverse Ring

There are advantages to using a special macro lens than the kit lens must outsmart / 50mm lens. Among them are:

1. Macro lens is designed to be used from the beginning within super close. This means that in terms of optics and mechanics     are all optimized for use shooting super close.
2. The second advantage is that most macro lenses provide magnification 1:1 reproduction. This means that we can approach     the subject of the photo to within a very close comparison to the extension tube / reverse ring / close up filters.

Any macro lenses available in the market?

Well, if you are already absurdly wet want to buy a macro lens, there are several alternative third party lenses are cheaper than the Canon and Nikon Macro lens. Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro lens Macro EX DG for example, priced at the price of USD 300 to USD 400. Or Tamron SP 60mm f / 2 Di II Macro also sold similar.

If you are targeting output Canon macro lens, the sensible choice is the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM costs about $ 4 million more. Premium macro lens Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L lens is a Macro IS USM which costs nearly Rp 8 million. Lenses that are similar but not the L-series is Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM which costs about USD 490.

For Nikon macro lens when you use the available crop camera macro lens 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro (Approximately USD 2.5 million), specifically for APS-C cameras. Another lens akhusus for crop camera is the Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX VR Micro that cost close to USD 5 Million. Premium macro lens Nikon is the Nikon AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED N which sold for more than USD 800.
Some considerations before buying a macro lens

There are several things that you should consider before buying a macro lens:

    Choose a prime or zoom? The majority of the market is a macro lens prime lens (prime lens further challenge read here. Prime lenses vs zooom here). There are several macro zoom lens from Sigma but the quality will be less than the prime macro lens.
    Focal length (what is focal length?). The longer the focal length of a macro lens, then the better for photographing hisup objects such as insects or butterflies. Because of the longer focal length lens, the more easily we take pictures from a little distance away so that the insect was not running scared. However, a short macro lens gives us the flexibility depth of field in the aperture any wider.
    Internal Focusing. Expensive macro lens usually has an internal focusing mechanism where the edge of the lens does not rotate during autofocus chorus. The advantage of this feature is not frighten insects with round front end of the lens.
    Image stabilizer. IS or VR helped us shoot over from close range when a sharp object such as inanimate objects. Of course this feature makes the price of a more expensive lens. Note the lens specifications, if there is an inscription IS (canon), VR (Nikon), VC (Tamron) or OSM (Sigma), the lens is equipped with features stabliser.


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