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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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What are the pros and cons of using macro rail vs lens focus?

I am interested in doing focus stacking for macro shots and from what I understand there are two techniques for doing this. One is to use a macro rail that adjusts the length to the subject (e.g ...
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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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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 do I do macro photography with a Tamron 18-270 VC macro lens?

I have just bought this lens for my Canon EOS 700D camera. How do I activate the macro facility on this lens?
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200mm Macro lens, get a new or old MF-only lens?

Context The Sony E-Mount series only has two official macro lens, the 30mm for APS-C and 90mm for full frame. I'd like to get a macro lens to play with at 200mm but given how Sony doesn't have any ...
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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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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 Nikon lenses are recommended for everyday photos and some macro? [closed]

I'm about to buy a Nikon D5300, and I want to buy 2 objectives. My interest are primarily social photo and some macro, not really interested on telephoto at all. The budget is kind of limited. Right ...
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How can I know if a lens can handle a camera's resolution?

For a fashion photoshoot (it is just a fun group photoshoot but I like to take it seriously!) I am thinking about getting real close for some shots and to take pictures with maybe one eye with great ...
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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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How to get rid of halo effect when focus stacking with helicon focus?

I've a Nikon D810 and am using the nikor 105mm f2.8 macro lens. I'm also using helicon focus to focus stack images. Unfortunately the resulting picture has a halo effect on some the boundaries of ...
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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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Why no aperture control with Nikon 55mm f/2.8 AI-s on Nikon D3200

It was pretty exciting to borrow my dad's old Nikon 55mm f/2.8 AI-s and try it on my Nikon D3200. I have to use it in full manual mode, but it gets great results! Amazing how a lens designed in 1979 ...
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Is there a way to overcome focus breathing in deep macro focus stacking?

Following this question I just got a Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro lens to study macro focus stacking. As seen in my attempt to reproduce a 6" depth it seems to work in practice. However then I went ...
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What difference is there between the 50mm in a zoom lens, a 50mm prime lens, and a 50mm macro?

I would like to know the differences between: 50mm prime lens 50mm in a zoom lens 50mm macro lens
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What are the biggest differences between Reversal Rings, Extension Tubes and Macro Lenses?

As far as I understand all three options help you do macro photography but are their other reasons for having the three different items? I figured reversal rings and extension tubes were just for the ...
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Best way to get into cheap macro? [duplicate]

I am an enthusiast photographer looking to get into macro photography on a pretty tight budget. I've seen a number of options for extremely cheap macro, ranging from, for example, the Sigma 28-70 ...
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Can I take macro photo with a mirrorless camera as easily as with a compact camera (even without a macro lens)?

I wish to change my Canon G15 camera for an M2 or M3 (when available) mirrorless one. With G15 it is rather easy to shoot macro photos — this is included in the features of the camera and lens. Will ...
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Can screw-on macro lenses produce decent results?

I was browsing Amazon looking at a few items and came across this: 4-piece Close-Up Macro Lens Kit - Included are +1, +2, +4 and +10 Close- Up Lenses. High-Quality lenses are diopters for ...
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Does focal length matter for a macro lense when use for close-up photos [duplicate]

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens is a true macro lens with 1:1 capability. Is the 100mm property relevant when taking close-up photos where the object takes up 1:1 on the sensor, since I ...
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Why isn't the size of an object in macro image exactly proportional to the ratio of the focal length and distance in front of that?

Using a Canon 550D with a EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens, I can make a 1:1 macro photo at shortest film plane to subject distance of 310 mm, thus getting 22 mm of a scale on the APS-C sensor, which is ...
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How to make a microscope with a DSLR camera?

There are lots of budget cameras (for example about $200) offering 30X optical zoom lens along with 8.0 million pixels of image capture. Definitely, the quality of picture, focus, and depth of field ...
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Why do I need an add-on lens to take smartphone macro photos?

Why do you need an external macro lens for a smartphone to take macro photos. Why can't the smartphone lens itself take macro photos?
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Can smartphone applications allow you to take macro photos? [duplicate]

Are there any smartphone applications that will allow you to take macro photos? If not, why aren't there?
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How do add on macro smartphone lenses allow you to take macro photos?

It may sound obvious, but how exactly does an add on macro lens allow you to take close up photos? Can someone give technical reasons? I'd like to know the physics behind add on macro lenses and how ...
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How does a macro lens focus so close?

How does a macro lens focus so closely and how is the system different to that of a non-macro lens?
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Mounting Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 APO Macro Super on Nikon D3200

I have been given a Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 APO Macro Super lens and I want to fit it to my D3200. The problem is that the mount on the bottom of the Sigma lens is too big for the D3200 lens mount and ...
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Can a lens be a zoom lens and a macro lens at the same time?

I am planning to buy an entry level SLR camera, mainly for use capturing macro and portrait photos. However, I'm a bit confused by this lens which is described as "Tamron AF 70 - 300 mm F/4-5.6 Di LD ...
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Are there super-macro lenses for getting “inside”?

As a follow-on to the question How can one capture gun bore shots? I'm wondering how we can get a wide perspective inside a very small space. For example, I like this shot of a .45" barrel with a ...
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Why isn't the aperture visibly changing on my lens when it appears like it is changing on my camera?

I own a Nikon d5300 camera and I recently purchased a Nikon 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Micro-Nikkor lens for close-up photography. When I was testing it out today, I was shooting at f22, and my shots looked ...
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Why do macro lenses have such recessed front elements?

This is a 90mm Tamron SP Di macro lens. Like other macro lenses in this focal range I've seen, it has a deeply recessed front element — more than 1.5", and that's without the optional lens ...
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Setup for macro photos of flat surface with macro lens and led ring

I need to take photographs of a close flat surface with controlled lighting. I have an idea to do this, which is to use a dslr with a macro lens. Use a LED ring (which I see are usually used for ...
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How does Nikon measure “minimum focus distance” for Macro/Micro lenses?

This question is about Nikon SLR terminology. The answer could be different for non-SLR cameras, or for different maker. The "minimum focusing distance" in the spec — it's measured and listed between ...
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Does crop factor increase the minimum focus distance?

I currently have a Canon 100mm 2.8L mounted on a cropped sensor camera, which makes it 160mm equivalent. I have two questions. Since the equivalent focal length is 160mm, does that mean that the ...
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Which of these lenses will work?

Which of the following lenses will work best for macro with ole m0doel Olympus E-1 camera mentioned here www.keh.com - OLYMPUS 28MM F/3.5 {49} OLYMPUS - 28 F3.5 (49) www.keh.com - OLYMPUS 50MM ...
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Variable focal length for macro lenses?

True macro lenses come in fixed focal length. Are there any macro lensens which have variable focal lengths? And please explain why yes or why not?
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Canon macro lens 100 mm 2.8 USM - How to properly mount on tripod

Simple question : I just got a Canon Macro Lens 100 mm 2.8 USM and in the manual, it's said that if I want to mount it on a Tripod, I have to buy a ring to fix properly the lens on my tripod. Is it ...
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Are there macro lenses for the Nikon 1 system?

Girlfriend asked me if there is a macro lens for Nikon 1 J2. So far I only found Besel Macro2. This does look more like extension tube then lens. Does anyone has experience with this product or is ...
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What lens is better? [duplicate]

Which of the following lenses is better (note: I know very little about cameras): Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor SLR Camera Lens or Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens Are these lenses ...
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What are the different focal lengths of macro lenses and their advantages?

I am interested in macro-photography. I see there are macro telephoto (zoom?) lenses (e.g. 200mm), or smaller macro lenses (e.g. 40mm) ... What are the different types of macro lenses and their ...
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What are the qualities of a good macro lens? [duplicate]

What are the qualities and technical specifications of a good macro lens? I need a Macro lens (micro for nikon) to shoot insects (for scientific researches) and other small objects. These are the ...
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Do extension tubes work well with the AFS VR micro nikkor 105mm f/2.8G?

Has anyone who owns the Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 G used extensions tubes with it? How does the lens perform in this case? I'm interested in getting magnification beyond 1:1. Will this help, and are ...
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What Camera setting/how to take photos of diamond rings using Kenko Extension Tubes?

I currently have a Tamron AF 28-75mm camera F/2.8 and when I bought that lense the sales person also had me purchase these Kenko for digital Automatic Extension Tube Sets DG (3 rings) 36mm, 20mm and ...
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Can we shoot normal pictures using a macro lens?

I am confused about macro lenses (or micro as Nikon calls them). Can we shoot normal (Nature) scenes using the macro lens?
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What are the constructional differences between a macro and a regular lens?

I understand that to reduce minimum focusing distances, macro lens design must focus on maintaining certain distances between the lens and the sensor. However, is the placement of the lens and its ...
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What lens do I need to do super-close-up macro shots?

I really like to take pictures of insects, close up...get their eyes, their hair, or the texture on my bearded dragons toenails, etc. I've used a 28-135 (on a canon 7d) at 135 and just gotten as ...
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Is Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X macro lens good for photos other than close-up macro shots?

Does this lens do a good job for photos other than close-up macro shots? For example, does it make sense to use this lens for outdoor family portrait photography? What are some other common uses for ...
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Value for money Lens arsenal? [closed]

I have canon eos rebel xsi eos 450d along with two canon lenses "telephoto zoom lens EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS" & " EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS"... Want to upgrade my lenses and other accessories.. ...