In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best macro lens for Nikon d5300 cameras currently on the market today. We will be taking a look at two lenses in particular that we feel offer the most bang for your buck when looking to improve your macro photography.
Each of the lenses that we will be featuring has been well received by the community and gone from strength to strength since their release. Over time, they have both earned an excellent reputation as a macro lens and show no signs of their growth slowing down. Additionally, both of the lenses will natively work with your d5300 without the need for a third-party adaptor or converter.
We would also like to point out that although both lenses do offer autofocus that we will mention, you will not be able to use it with your d5300 due to a lack of autofocus technology on the camera. That said, if you have any other cameras in your collection that does support autofocus as well as the correct lens mount then the autofocus on the lenses will work fine.
The Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Macro Lens
As you probably know, being a macro lens with a fixed focal length of 100mm you are rather limited in the number of other photography niches that you can use the lens in. Additionally, like the vast majority of macro lenses on the market, you have little control over the depth of field of the image when using this lens but it offers some excellent detail for the main subject of you photograph. We just want our readers to be sure they want to invest in a macro lens and be aware of its limitations before picking one up.
The build quality of the lens is excellent and it is rather robust while also being able to take its fair share of knocks without showing any damage. As many macro photography niches require you to travel around to get to different locations to take your photographs this is a godsend as no matter how many precautions you take to protect your lens, there will always be some risk to them and the last thing you need is a flimsy lens.
As we mentioned earlier, the autofocus on the lens will not work with your Nikon D5300 but is a nice addition for any other compatible cameras that you may own. It is fast, accurate, sharp, and quiet allowing you to quickly take a number of photographs in quick succession without the need to manually focus. The manual focus ring on the lens that you will have to rely on when using it with your d5300 is solid, responsive, and easy to tweak during use allowing you to tweak the focus of your image with minimal effort before capturing it.
We would highly recommend that any of our readers who own a Nikon D5300 and are in the market for a decent macro lens that will not break the bank check out the Tokina AT-X 100mm. There is a reason it has been able to earn the reputation it has in such a short period of time and we feel that it will help improve your macro photography.
The AF Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8D Lens
The 60mm focal point can provide excellent image quality for all major niches of macro photography allowing you to capture some excellent photographs and improve your macro photography potential.
The image above shows the sharp, vibrant colors that the lens can capture for you while still offering excellent amounts of detail that are sure to help keep your clients happy with your work. Again, the manual focus ring is easy to turn and responsive enough to slightly tweak the focus levels of your image before capturing the image to allow you to easily perfect it as and when required.
This is another lens that we would recommend our readers check out if they are after a decent macro lens to help improve their macro photography potential without needing to break the bank.
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