Using Nikon Macro Lenses for Nature Photography

Beautiful images can be captured by getting close to nature. The images below have been captured as you would expect, with a Macro (Micro in Nikon terminology) lens. With macro images you can freeze action using electronic flash, flash is very useful for macro photography as apertures of f/11 to f/16 are used to get satisfactory depth of field.

The Nikon Micro lens range enable you to get down to life size or a reproduction ratio of 1:1. If you want to get even closer you can use a Kenko extension tube.

Lady Bug

Insects are a great source for close up images around your garden. In most gardens these subjects are abundant and generally you can get quite close to the subject.


There are quite a few Micro lenses to choose from in the Nikon range.

If you are using a DX camera then one of the cheaper lenses is the Nikon, Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR AF-S DX Micro Lens

For the FX cameras there is a nice selection as follows:

Nikon, Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Micro Lens

Nikon, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF ED VR AF-S Micro Lens

Nikon, Nikkor 200mm f/4D IF ED AF Micro Lens

My favourite lens is the 200mm as it gives more working distance between the camera and the subject. Also the 105mm Micro lens is a great insect lens.

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