In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are currently the best macro lenses for Nikon d90 cameras currently available on the market right now. We have seen a steady number of people reaching out for advice each month so decided to publish this article to help any of our readers who have a d90 and are in the market for a macro lens.
As usual, we initially made a rough short list of potential lenses before settling on what we feel are the best choices and offer our readers the best mix of performance, functionality, and cost. We know that some of our readers do have a higher budget than others so you can click here to find a full list of macro lenses that will natively fit your d90 without needing a converter.
Anyway, the two macro lenses that we have settled on are both excellent quality for their price tags offering great value for money. They will both outperform the various d90 kit lenses while also natively fitting your camera body without needing a converter.
The Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED
The lens offers solid image quality in a number of conditions making it a very versatile choice that can meet your needs no matter the conditions you are photographing in. The vibration reduction and image stabilization of the lens keep your photographs and overall image quality solid and safe from knocks and vibrations that would otherwise cause you problems.
The autofocus technology on the lens is amazingly fast and actually outperforms that on some higher price competing lenses while the autofocus motor is surprisingly quiet for the level of performance it provides.
Although having a solid autofocus system on the lens is a bonus, most macro photography will be based around slightly tweaking the manual focus ring on the lens to get the exact focus you want before capturing your photograph. Thankfully, the wide manual focus ring on the lens is very easy to locate and operate in all conditions while it is also responsive and smooth to turn with minimal effort.
With more and more photographers choosing to modify their lenses with various lens filters we thought that we should point out that the Nikon 85mm comes with a 52mm thread size. If you are wanting to pick up some lens filters for your new macro lens then we would highly recommend that you check out the Gobe 52mm range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for high-quality, budget-friendly filters.
If you own a Nikon d90 and are looking to pick up a new lens to improve your macro photography then we would highly recommend that you consider picking up the Nikon 85mm lens. Considering its price it offers some great functionality and performance while also having a solid reputation with the community.
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.
The Nikon AF-S FX Micro-NIKKOR 2177 60mm f/2.8G ED
Again, it is a fixed focal length prime lens but this time its based around the 60mm range meaning the lens can be used in a small number of other photography niches while still performing very well for macro photography as shown by the image quality in the photograph below.
The autofocus is fast, accurate and quiet allowing you to quickly go from subject to subject capturing your photographs in quick succession without issue. Unlike many other lenses, the autofocus system on the Nikon 60mm even performs well in low light conditions although we would recommend that you add around a second to your time between captures just to ensure the autofocus has settled when in low light.
As you have probably guessed due to the lens being a variation of the 85mm above, the manual focus ring is easy to find even in cold or wet conditions while also being responsive and very smooth to turn. This allows you to let the autofocus quickly adjust to a new subject before you take over if needed and tweak the image a little bit with the manual ring.
The Nikon 60mm lens comes with a 62mm thread size but again, the Gobe range has you covered and you can pick up any filters that you want to further improve or customize the performance of your lens as you require.
If you are into your macro photography and use a Nikon D90 then we would definitely recommend that you consider picking up the Nikon 60mm lens. It offers everything that you would expect from a Nikon lens without you needing to break the bank to get excellent quality.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon AF-S FX Micro-NIKKOR 2177 60mm f/2.8G ED to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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