What is a really good but affordable macro lens for my camera to help me take clean, crisp macro pictures of flowers? Answer: There are three types of lenses you can use for close up photography: Fixed focal length macro lens, macro zoom lens, and close up filters.
At some point after you’ve purchased that entry level sub $1000 dSLR kit with a couple of consumer grade zoom lenses, you’re going to want a faster, sharper lens. By faster I mean one with a larger f-stop than the typical f3.5 you’re getting at the wide angle setting of the lens in the kits. Remember, a faster lens lets in more light, so you can you can use a faster shutter speed. That’s where the term comes from.