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Fit a macro lens to your Nikon camera and

you’ll see the world in almost microscopic

detail. Here are the best options we could find...

Large as life

The contenders

1 Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8G Micro £269/$277
2 Sigma Macro 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM £359/$469
3 Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro £389/$499
4 Nikon AF-S DX 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Micro £399/$557
5 Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly £499/$595
6 Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8G ED Micro £579/$597
7 Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro £649/$649
8 Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8 G IF ED VR Micro £799/$807

ost macro prime lenses have a
magnification ratio of 1.0x (or 1:1),
but what does that mean? In a
nutshell (or something of a
similarly small size), when you
move in close to something
using the lens’s shortest
available focus distance,
objects are reproduced on the
camera’s image sensor at full
life-size. Something measuring
just 36x24mm would completely fill

the image sensor of a full-frame
camera, and it’s a mere 24x16mm if
you’re shooting with a DX body.
Bear in mind how much larger an
image is when you view it on screen or
in print, compared with the size of the
camera’s sensor, and the scope for
enlargement is incredible. Tiny
garden bugs can look like giant,
other-worldly creatures and you’ll see
levels of fine detail that are invisible to
the naked eye.

104 http://www.digitalcameraworld.com


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