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Macro photography is a specialized area typically dealing with very small subjects. There are also "Macro Lenses" which are designed with macro photography in mind, and lower cost alternatives such as close up filters and extension tubes.

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Nikon 18-300 autofocus view finder

I just got the 18-300mm and D5500 Nikon camera, for some reason the autofocus is not working. I can feel is trying but just not taking the picture with the viewfinder, but it takes the the picture ...
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How can I do macro photography with canon 700d kit lens? [duplicate]

I bought my canon 700D a month ago. Now, I want to do some macro photography, but I do not want to purchase any expensive lens for this at least at this stage. I came to know about some accessories ...
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Focus stack has blotchy background

I've recently taken up photography with using a Canon 50D and thought I'd try some macro photography of flowers. Having researched the subject and read about focus stacking to increase the depth of ...
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Macro on a point and shoot

Just wondering are there any point and shoots that can take 1:1 true macro ? Is their performance anywhere comparable to dslrs ? Pls give me some examples.
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Macro photography with a ring flash

Being relatively new to photography I want to try some macro photography of flowers in my garden. I've bought a set of macro extension tubes and a ring flash (both unbranded and cheap to start with). ...
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Need of affordable macro solution [duplicate]

Guys I am in need of macro. Do you think I should get the affordable 30mm macro 1:1 or buy extension tubes or close up lenses for my 18-55 or 75-300 ?. Or do you think reversing is better ? I forgot ...
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Can I photograph flowers with macro lenses shorter than 70mm?

I have read (from photography e-articles) that macro lenses shorter than 70 mm give the photographer not so much working distance from its subject, because they block light sources. I am planning to ...
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How do I select a lens to photograph insects?

I would like to photograph small and scared critters, including their eyes and body-parts too. I am considering a Sigma 150mm f2.8 OS macro lens. I have read about working distance and minimum ...
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How to shoot a flower sharp in a light breeze?

I want: Blurred background. Sharp flower with some point in focus. I have: Macro lens 60 mm on a tripod. No flash. Situation: Gentle breeze blowing constantly in a garden. Timing is not a ...
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I'm trying to record a water droplet on a glass slide from the side and underneath angles simultaneously. How can this be achieved?

I'm trying to record water droplet impacts with a high speed camera. I would like to record the impact from the side and below (through the glass slide that the droplet hits). Due to lab constraints, ...
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Focusing mode for macro photography

New to macro photography. Shooting Nikon D5000 with 60 mm macro lens. In manual (or any P, A, S) what focusing mode should I use; i.e. Matrix, Spot or what? Are these "live" in Manual mode? I ...
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Different colors of light are disrupting my focus. What lens feature minimizes this?

I took this photo with a Canon 50mm compact macro lens & Canon "life size converter", and it looked somewhat fuzzy. After separating out the RGB channels, it seems evident that the different ...
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Tamron or Sigma 70-300mm for Nikon ?

I am looking to buy my first macro lens and I am between two: SIGMA 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 DG or Tamron 70-300mm F4/5.6 DI LD Macro (Nikon AF). Which one is better ?
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What is the Nikon D3200's diffraction limit?

I'm new to the world of macro so do bear with me! I shoot pictures of fish through aquariums, so normally this means the lens is always perpendicular to the glass surface to avoid blurring. However ...
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Low-key photo suggestions for fish?

I would like to ask for some inputs on how I can achieve similar low-key results for a fish: The reason I mention fish is because as with all animals, I don't want the flash to be extremely harsh, ...
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Can I use a 105mm macro lens as a tube lens in extreme macro photography?

I want to take my macro photography to the next level and would like to use the Nikon CFI Plan 10x microscope objective. I read that this objective has to be mounted on another lens also called the ...
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tokina at-x pro 100mm f/2.8 macro for Nikon - aperture automatically changes while in manual mode

The max aperture on my Tokina 100mm at-x pro is f/2.8 but when I focus on anything closer than around 9 feet, the aperture automatically starts to close down and get progressively smaller (higher f-...
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What are all the types of lenses? [closed]

I see different types of lens in the market like prime, zoom, telephoto and macro. I'm not sure how many such types really exists and the functions/features of each. Can someone share an explanation ...
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Does one get more detail beyond the minimum focus distance of a macro lens?

I've always wondered what happens when one get's closer than the minimum 1:1 distance of a macro lens. I am choosing between a lens with Internal focusing and the other with an extending barrel. The ...
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Focus-assist light that arthropods will be least alarmed by?

I've been trying to take pictures of spiders and insects at night, with a working distance of 8-10cm, with the actual photo being lit by flash. In order to (manually) focus, I have a single "warm ...
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Macro lens: IF or Extending Barrel?

I'm an aspiring photographer of fish. So the implication is that, I have a segemented working distance: 1st Between me and the aquarium, that I can adjust 2nd The breadth of my aquarium The 2nd is ...
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How to improve these macro shots

I recently bought a shiny new dSLR, mainly because my old camera was annoying me so much! Needless to say, the new camera is a massive stride forward in image quality. In particular, my old camera ...
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Chromatic aberration or lighting problem?

Over the weekend I went over to a photography shop, and they let me bolt various lenses to my SLR, including some seriously expensive ones. I took a few pictures, and was impressed. But when I got ...
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What “Reverse Ring” specs (size..etc) for my Canon 600d for Macro Photography?

I have these three lenses, and I wonder which one of them is the best to be used with "reverse ring" for Macro Photography? Camera: Canon EoS 600d Lenses: 18-55mm, 50mm, 50-250mm
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Why my shot in winter has noise as I have an ISO of 200?

The picture below has noise it was a cloudy day, but light was good. And ISO was set to 200. I couldn't find a good reason in my reflection process to know why noise has emerged and what to do in ...
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What exactly does “macro mode” do on a FujifilmX100T?

I know that when I shoot something close (and personal:) I should use the macro mode. But what exactly does the macro mode change on camera and exposure? What is the difference? I own Fuji X100T if ...
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Budget Nikon lens for portrait/macro/landscape [closed]

I have a Nikon D5100 with kit lens, 18-55mm, and I take mostly portrait and landscape (urban/nature) photos, but I also like some macro, when the opportunity arises. With the kit lens, I dislike the ...
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What should I look for in a budget macro lens for a Nikon DX camera?

I'm looking to buy a macro lense for my wife, who is an enthusiast/hobby photographer. Her camera body is a D7000, and she has a full suite of lenses other than a dedicated macro. I know nothing about ...
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Is a fixed length macro lens better at some tasks than a non-macro lens of the same focal length?

I'm considering getting a 35mm prime lens to augment my current lenses. I'm not looking for a zoom. I can get an f2.8 macro, now, or special order an f2 non-macro lens. Both are roughly the same ...
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Photography using Tamron AF 70 - 300 mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro with extension tubes

I have a Tamron AF 70 - 300 mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro....which captures some decent shots. It is rather a heavy lens....Can i use it with the Kenko extenion tubes in the normal mode to do some macro ...
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Best Macro Lens For Jewelry Photography On The Sony A6000? [closed]

:) I've been looking to upgrade the camera I use at my job. Thinking of getting the Sony a6000. We list things on ebay to sell, and quite frankly I just don't like the lightbox, nor the camera we ...
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Will a Nikon D7100 and 35mm Nikkor lens with extension tubes work well for getting started with macro photography?

I have just started pursuing my hobby full time and am still in the learning phase. I have a Nikon D7100 with a Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35 mm f/1.8G Lens. I would really appreciate if anyone can advise ...
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Taking Pictures of Chrome Objects Straight On

I'm attempting to take pictures of small lapel pins for a company that I work for, but I'm having a few issues. These lapel pins of chrome silver and gold finishes, so they reflect everything very, ...
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Would a dedicated 100mm macro lens give me better results than a 55-200mm + Raynox 250 magnifier?

I have taken this picture with the 55-200mm Pentax DAL lens with a Raynox 250 magnifier lens attached. At very close range, I lose focus on the whole image and find it vary hard to obtain the ...
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What causes these bands in this macro photograph of a LED?

I took these photos of two LEDs: from my Nexus 5 phone. The distance between the lens and the LEDs was lens than 2 cms. The bands only appear when going up this close. Are these a software/...
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Is the Pentax SMC DFA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro compatibile with the Pentax K-r?

Is the Pentax smc D FA Macro 100mm f/2.8 Weather-Resistant Macro lens compatible with the K-r body, and is this going to be a good buy for sharp close up insect/nature shots etc?
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How can I capture a photo through a microscope using a D5200 with lens

Which is the best mode to take a photo through a microscope, using a Nikon d5200 through a lens
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Is a mirrorless camera OK for macro photography?

For doing macro photography: insects, flowers, etc. is a DSLR camera any better than a mirrorless camera? I have a Fuji X-Pro1. If the DSLR is better--why? If I stick with what I have got what are the ...
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Difference between using camera's macro mode vs zooming in with a telephoto lens [duplicate]

I'm photography enthusiast, But I'm unaware of the difference between my camera's macro mode vs zooming in with a telephoto zoom lens What difference does it make when I zoom in with a telephoto lens ...
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Wide angle macro - why does just releasing and twisting my lens change the focus distance?

I have been looking at wide angle macro photography recently and wanted to try some out using a Sony a55 and my Sigma 10-20. Tried an extension ring, but it did not work; after Googling I discovered ...
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Nikon macro lens for portrait photography? [duplicate]

Many photographers use macro lenses for taking portraits. For example Canon's 100 L Macro is one of their sharpest lenses. But I use Nikon and don't know much about their macro lenses so was ...
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What's the best Macro/Portrait setup gear I should look for?

I am looking forward to shooting macro photography and portraits, too. I have a Nikon D5100 with the kit 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. I love doing macros but I feel like I'm limited with my lens and ...
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Depth of field in macrophotography: stepping back + crop Vs reducing aperture?

There are multiple ways to increase depth of field (DoF) in macro photography. I know about focus stacking, but I have a question about which way is best for a single-shot. Two common options are: ...
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General purpose lens with good macro capabilities searched (Canon mount)

Does anyone can give a recommendation for a general purpose lens with good macro capabilities / short minimum distance to the object for Canon mount? 3rd party manufacturers are welcome too. ...
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What is the relationship between focal length and minimum focus distance?

If I know the focal length of a lens, How can I know the minimum focus distance? I have checked several webpage, but I am still wandering is there a formula? I know there is mark in the lens, but ...
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how do I get closer than 1:1 macro with my Nikon D7000 and 105mm macro lens w/ external flashes? extension tubes or reversal ring?

I have a Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 105mm macro lens along with 2 external flashes (SBR200). I use all of this to do 1:1 macro photography. I would like to do some even more magnified photography, 2:1 ...
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Can the Canon MP-E 65mm lens be used with a Canon Rebel T3?

Can the Canon MP-E 65mm lens be used with a Canon T3? Is an adapter needed? Is there another lens which might offer the equivalent Macro capabilities?
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50mm and 100mm macro lenses difference at the minimum focus distance?

So I bought a Kiron 105mm f2.8 1:1 lens recently to be used with my Sony a6000. I know that the difference between a 50mm macro and a 100mm macro is how close you can get to your subject, that is with ...
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How do I set a lens profile for post-processing distortion correction with an inverted lens?

Recently I started having fun with macro and micro photography by inverting a lens I have (24-85mm) and by combining 2 lenses togheter (70-200mm + inverted 28mm). The results are good (I shoot in ...
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Newbie question on Macro photography kit [duplicate]

I am newbie here and would like to know what is required to take macro photography. I have seen pictures of flies and insects that are taken very close and they show a lot of details. I would like to ...