Since I’ve been cruising the internets for camera gear, I decided to make a list of Macro Photography equipment. Not all of these are essentials, but they can help you take better Macros.
Wireless Remote Flash. If your camera has an option for a wireless flash, GetIt! Being able to hand-hold the flash without a bulky cable is amazing. Don’t cheap out, like I almost did. Nikon SB-600, Canon Speedlight 430EX.
Tripod. Get as good a tripod as you can afford. It’s really hard to plunk down big bucks for a nice tripod, but they are steadier than the cheap ones. Benbo Trekker. Bogen 725B. For nature photography, I think this tripod strap looks terrific: Bogen 401N
Macro Lens. Again, get the best lens you can afford. Macro lenses focus very closely. A 1:1 Macro can focus so closely that the subject is represented on the camera’s sensor in life size. My interest and skill in macro photography increased dramatically when I got a purpose-built macro lens. Sigma 50mm 1:1 Macro, Sigma 105mm 1:1 Macro, Tamron 90mm 1:1 Macro. I use the Tamron 90.