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A great macro close up photo of a daisy

Macro lenses for less than $500

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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

"This is a good lens for the price. It is light enough to carry all day, it has macro capabilities and it is relatively fast on focusing. I use this lens for sports, challenged youth. It is also perfect for wildlife and closeups of plant life. I would recommend this lens." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Canon EF

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Canon EF

"I would strongly recommend the zoom telephoto AF70-300 mm Macro Autofocus Lens. I used it on the deer and wild turkeys in my backyard. It was easy for a person with arthritis to use. Loved the autofocus." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Nikon Nikkor Micro 60mm f/2.8D

Nikon Nikkor Micro 60mm f/2.8D

"Excelent construction, looks great, definitely it's a professional lens, very sharp and none distortion." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor None
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 71 mm
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Max focal length 60 mm
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Length 74 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 60 mm
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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha

"Picture quality is excelent, zoom is great. Overall quality seems decent." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di Macro Nikon F

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di Macro Nikon F

"unbelievable how close you can get to the subject mainly uesd for macro ants,lady bugs,and all fine critters very good buy." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 71 mm
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Max focal length 90 mm
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Length 97 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 90 mm
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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

"Great lens, Super sharp for both macro and portraits. It is my most used portrait lens. Wonderful fast focus, good build quality." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor Canon USM
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 73 mm
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Max focal length 60 mm
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Length 70 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 60 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
 
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Nikon VR
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Diameter 79 mm
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Max focal length 85 mm
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Length 81 mm
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Zoom range 3.5x
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Min focal length 24 mm
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Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro D Macro Nikon F

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro D Macro Nikon F

"Very impressed with this lens [...].This lens is all about build & image quality & it is also very easy to use & to switch to manual focus." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 74 mm
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Length 95 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 56 mm
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Max focal length 60 mm
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Length 82 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 60 mm
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Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 60 mm
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Max focal length 50 mm
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Length 71 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 50 mm