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Pertains to questions about lenses that are designed for macro photography.

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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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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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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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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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Is it necessary to use a full-frame camera to get the best out of my Canon EF 180mm f3.5 L?

I do mostly handheld macro photography and I currently own a Canon 40D. I want to buy a new camera and I don't know what is the best choice. My goal is to get the best of my lens. So I'm not sure if ...
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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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Do teleconverters work with Macro lenses?

I read that teleconverters don't work with macro lenses. Is that true, and if yes, why? I have the Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro lens, and I felt that purchasing a 2x teleconverter would be a cheap way of ...
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How is the 1:1 in macros determined?

I am trying to buy a macro lens, and I would like to know how the 1:1 reproduction ratio is measured or where it is determined from, etc. So where is the ratio measured from or what determines a 1:1 ...
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Is diffraction an issue with macro lenses?

I'm looking to try out macro photography and have a rental of the Canon 100mm 2.8L IS and the MT-24EX flash to try out on my Canon 7D. I've been reading that with the flash, you can stop down to ...
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Are screw-on macro lenses worth anything?

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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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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Extend working distance on macro lenses?

Is it possible to extend the working distance on macro lenses? I will be renting a 100mm 2.8L and Canon 1.4x III (for a different lens), but it sounds like I cannot use the extender on the 100mm. Is ...
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What lighting accessories can I use for outdoor macro photography?

I recently got myself a Nikon 60mm f/2.8G AF-S Micro-Nikkor lens. Without vibration reduction, it will probably need lots of light when hand-holding the camera. Anyone willing to give an overview of ...
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Does maximum aperture change with focus distance with the Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro lens?

This site says The Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens loses 1/2 stop at 1:5, 1 stop at 1:3, 1.5 stops at 1:1.5 and 2 stops at 1:1 (lifesize). Can anyone confirm that at 1:5 magnification, ...
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Can we combine extension tubes and diopters for greater macro magnification?

I want to increase the magnification of my Canon 100mm L Macro. I already have a set of kenko extension tubes. Could I buy a dipter to even increase further the magnification? For example Raynox ...
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What is considered a professional grade Macro lens?

Macro (or Micro for Nikon) lenses come in different focal lengths, however looking through the current list of canon Macro Nikon Micro lenses they mostly have the same f2.8 apeture. (apart from the ...
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Canon 180 MM Macro Magnifier

I want to take magnified images of the subjects such as compound eye of the Butterflies, dragon flies... I've a canon 180 Macro/ Canon 550D (planning to take 1DX Or 50D Mach III with some more hands ...
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Is there a better macro lens for the Canon EOS system than the MP-E 65mm?

I'm looking to buy my first macro lens to use with a full frame body. I started with Canon 100mm f/2.8L, over Zeis 100mm f/2 into Canon MP-E 65mm, which at this moment I like the best of the lot (I ...
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What is the right lens for shooting car racing with a Nikon D90?

Friend of mine goes on track days quite a bit, and since I no longer own a race-worthy car, I was thinking of tagging a long to get some fun shots of the action. The track has a few good lookout ...
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How to make a microscope by 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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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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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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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 magnification would I get with extension tubes?

I have a Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Micro lens (DX sensor) and I haven't been able to exactly determine what magnification I can get with Kenko 12mm, 20mm, 36mm extension tubes. Suppose I would use all of them ...
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What settings should i put my Nikon D3100 on to photograph the moon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to capture details of the moon? I have a Nikon D3100 and I have 2 lenses; the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm. I'm unsure of what camera settings I need to use to get a ...
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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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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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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 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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Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras for Canon Rebel T3i

does Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras suite my Canon 600D? and is it good for macro photography? I'm looking for a cheap option (under 200$) to shoot ...
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What are the best macro lenses for canon ef mount? [closed]

Taking into consideration price, what are the best macro lenses for not-to-serious photography? Price is a big factor for me. And I know it is a subjective question. I do not mind subjective answers. ...
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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.. ...