Today’s article will be about what we feel are the best macro lenses for Nikon d3100 cameras currently available on the market right now. With macro lenses being one of the more unique lens types out there it can be hard to find reliable information on them so we decided to publish this article to help any of our readers in this same situation.
We have settled on a short list of macro lenses that will natively fit your d3100 camera body without the need for a converter down to these two that we feel offer the best all-around value for our readers. They offer a great mix of build quality, performance, and functionality for a fair price that should be in the budget of the majority of our readers. That said you can click here to see a full list of Macro lenses that will natively fit your d3100 including the higher end and entry level lenses.
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The Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
The Nikon d3100 is a prime lens fixed around a 105mm focal length that makes it the perfect macro lens choice to improve your macro photography due to its excellent macro image quality as shown in the images throughout this section. We would like to point out that the lens is available in variants that come with the Canon, Sony, Sigma, or Nikon lens mounts so make sure that you pick up the Nikon variant so it will natively fit the mount on your d3100.
The HSH autofocus motor on the Sigma 105mm will work with a large number of cameras and offers very fast autofocusing that is surprisingly quiet for its speed with image quality being very clear and sharp.
The manual focus ring on the 105mm is very easy to locate with just your fingers in any condition due to it being a totally different texture to the rest of the camera body. When rotating the ring you will find that it is smooth turn while offering just enough resistance to ensure you don’t accidentally over rotate causing you to then have to waste time by counter-rotating and on and on. With macro photography, we feel that this is a great thing to have on your lens due to the level of detail that you will be operating in and how much of a change even the smallest change to the manual focus ring can make.
Unlike many competing macro lenses on the market right now that are very light hungry, the Sigma 105mm offers some excellent low light performance helping to secure its position as one of the leading macro lenses in its niche and for the Nikon d3100. Although not really done much in macro photography, we would also like to quickly mention how the lens comes with a 62mm lens filter thread size if you are wanting to pick up some filters for the lens.
All in all, we would highly recommend the Sigma 105mm to any of our readers who own a Nikon d3100 and want to improve their macro photography. It simply ticks too many boxes and comes with a fair price tag to overlook and its existing reputation amongst the community should be enough to put any worries you may have to rest.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED
Again, it is another prime lens but this time offers a focal length of 85mm offering a slightly different style of macro photograph but still offers an excellent image quality for your d3100. Again the manual focus ring on the lens is responsive allowing you to tweak the focus level of the lens by a fraction if required to capture the perfect photograph.
The lens comes with a 52mm filter thread making it very easy to source any lens filters that you may wish to purchase to further customize the performance that it offers you. The Vibration Reduction/Image Stabilization technology on the lens is also a welcome addition to help improve your overall image quality and minimize any disruption caused to your image before capturing it.
The Nikon 85mm is an all-around solid lens for macro photography that will serve your d3100 well and get you going in the macro niche. It offers plenty of functionality to justify its price while also having the performance to match.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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