Sony's E-mount 30mm ƒ/3.5 Macro is designed for use with Sony NEX cameras and frames like a 45mm. Though slightly slower than the other lenses here with a maximum aperture of ƒ/3.5, it has a remarkable minimum working distance of 0.9 inches with 1:1 magnification. Direct Manual Focus (DMF) lets you override the AF system for extra creative control when working close up. Estimated Street Price: $249.
Among Tamron's top-tier SP-series lenses, the SP AF60mm F/2 Di II 1:1 Macro offers a fast maximum aperture for soft backgrounds and limitations of light common to macro work. Designed for use with APS-C-sensor cameras, it has a 35mm-equivalent focal length of about 90mm (depending on camera system) and can focus as close as 9.1 inches. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon (with integrated AF motor) and Sony mounts. Estimated Street Price: $479.
The Tokina AT-X 100 PRO D has a fast maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8 and can focus as close as 11.8 inches with 1:1 magnification. The One Touch Focus Clutch makes it easy to switch between AF and manual focus. Available for Canon and Nikon mounts, you can use it with full-frame and APS-C-system cameras; it frames approximately like a 160mm on Canon APS-C cameras and a 150mm on Nikon APS-C cameras. Estimated Street Price: $489.