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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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Is it better to attach a close-up adapter lens to a Canon 50mm/1.8 or Tamron 18-270mm?

I am thinking of purchasing a close-Up lens, which I understand will fit on the front of my existing lenses. I have two different lenses, and can't determine which one would be better for a close-up ...
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Where can I get instructions on how to use a Sony 100mm f/2.8 α lens? [closed]

Where can I get instructions how to use a Sony 100mm f/2.8 α (alpha) lens? It is being used on a Sony A550 DSLR.
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How to shoot extreme macro shot of an image formed on a water droplet?

I recently came up with this macro shot and I was curious how to take photos like these where everything is blurred out and extreme macro is in focus. I am assuming there is a lot of post processing ...
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multiple pictures give different shades for same scene and lighting

I am photographing an object 4 cm away from the camera using 5MP phone camera. It is being used in macro mode with fixed ISO 100 setting. Automatic White balance is being used along with ...
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Anyone suggests Zeiss 100mm f2 macro planar?

I seriously consider Zeiss 100mm f2 ZF.2 macro planar for my Nikon D800. I want to use it for portraits, macros and tight landscapes. Macro ability is a plus but it's not weather sealed so there may ...
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For blogging about nail art: Should I buy a superzoom bridge camera or a DSLR?

Just what the title says really! I want to be able to take good product photos, close up pictures of nail art and also make nail art videos that look great. In case you hadn't guessed, I'm a blogger, ...
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How is it possible to have shallow depth of field with a small aperture? (The tele-macro paradox.)

Some longer tele lenses have a macro mode that allows for really shallow depth of field that have a lot of background melting when using relatively narrow apertures; like f/4.5-6. I have tried and ...
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What time of day provides the best Natural lighting for Macro Photography?

When using natural lighting in macro photography, what times of day provide the light? Specifically for photographing flowers (but they are not my only subject). Also how is natural lighting used ...
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Are older macro lenses soft at long focus distances?

I have an old (20+ years old) Nikon mount Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro lens with a 2X Tamron teleconverter that I use on my Canon body. When taking macro (1:1) or general close-up shots, the lens is very ...
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How do I take outdoor macro photography with the Canon twin lens kit? [closed]

Newbie here - I am seeking some tips for outdoor photography using my Canon 60D (twin lens kit). The lenses I have are EFS 18-55mm IS macro 0.25m/0.8ft and EFS 55-250mm IS macro 1.1m/3.6ft. I would ...
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Can I use macro extension tubes with a non-manual lens?

I am new to macro extension tubes and I want to buy one but I don't have a manual lens (one where I could change the aperture manually) so I don't know if an extension tube would work with my lenses ...
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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's the magnification of a full frame macro lens on a MFT camera?

I think I've got this right but I would like to be positive before I buy a lens. If I were to use a Nikkor 55mm full frame macro lens with a 1:2 magnification and a 9inch min focus on a micro four ...
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Nikon D3200 18-105mm VR Lense and macro photography

I have decided to buy Nikon D3200 18-105mm VR Lens camera, finally! My question is would I be able to shoot insects and photos with great resolution? Distance is not a problem, I can go close to the ...
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How to attach Zeikos extension tube to D5100?

How to attach the Zeikos macro extension tube to Nikon D 5100 and to the kit lens 18-55mm? Neither side of the tube seems to fit the body of the camera nor the lens. Perhaps I bought the wrong item ...
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What to buy for macro and portraits? (D5100) [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I am an amateur interested in: 1. macro - insects, flowers, objects. 2. portraits- love blurry backgrounds, focused and unfocused body ...
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Force picture in continuous autofocus mode - Canon Rebel T3

I have a Canon Rebel T3, and I'm very new to photography. I recently got a new close up filter that goes on top of my 18-55 lens (this question also applies with any lens I have). I hold the shutter ...
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Does anyone make a flash diffuser for the Canon Macro Twin?

I'm currently looking for a flash diffuser for the Canon Macro Twin MT-24EX. I see that many people make their own. However, I'm not very good about building stuff. Is there anything available in the ...
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Are Raynox magnifiers compatible with Canon macro lenses?

Are Raynox magnifiers (125, 250, 5320) compatible with Canon 100mm f/2.8L? In particular, are they going to be compatible with the Canon Macro Twin Flash?
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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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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 have a macro ring flash to take macro photos?

I just got a macro lens but it turns out the subject is not bright enough. I am wondering if I need to buy a macro flash for macro photography? The flash seems expensive and I am wondering if it is ...
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Why do the Nikkor non-AI 135mm vs 50mm f/1.8 work differently when I look directly through the lens?

I recently purchased an old Nikkor 135 f/2.8 non-AI lens. Beautiful lens, but the closest focal distance is about five feet. I noticed that it will 'focus' at about 4 inches as well. If I hold the ...
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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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How do I choose an extension tube for macro photography?

I'm looking for an extension tube for my DSLR. Any suggestions? I see a lot on the internet, but I cannot figure out which is the best.
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Which tripod should I get for macro photography?

I'm currently looking for a good tripod for (mostly) macro photography and other kind of photography as well. I own a Canon EOS DSLR. Which tripod should I consider? There are many on sale, but I'm ...
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How does Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM compare to Canon 180mm f/3.5L and Canon 100mm f/2.8?

I am interested in both lenses. I think they are great lenses but cannot decide between the two. The 100mm can go down to f2.8. However, the 180mm has got more focal lenth. On the other hand, I could ...
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I want to make a macro photo of an ant. What equipment should I have?

I have the camera Nikon D90 and I don't want to buy Nikkor 105 mm Micro lens at this moment(even it may be the best solution: I hope it's not the only solution!). I have tripod and remote shutter ...
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Optimal flash settings for macro photography (Nikon SB-900 + softbox)

I'm using a Nikon SB-900 along with a softbox when photographing macro (1:1). What I would like to know is what flash mode that would fit this setup best. Should i simply set it to "M" and adjust it ...
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What impact do long macro lenses have on DOF?

When using any 1:1 macro lens, my understanding is that the framing or field of view remains the same at 1:1 magnification and all that changes with the focal length is the distance at which the you ...
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Will an add-on mini macro lens for my mobile phone help get a blurry-background effect?

I am new to photography. I am really interested in taking close up photos (macro photography) of objects with a blurry background. But my mobile phone (a Sony Xperia Ion ) does not have the facility ...
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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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Nikon Lenses: what is the difference between Micro/Macro vs non-Micro/Macro of the same focal length? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a macro lens? What is the difference between a Nikon “Micro” lens and a “Macro” lens? I know what macro photography is, but what makes a macro (or in Nikon's ...
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What equipment should I use for up close shots?

I need some help and if anyone can guide me without making it too complicated I will be very appreciative. Background I have a Nikon D3100 and I am very much interested in close up shots and ...
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What lens should I buy? [closed]

Im going on a Caribbean Cruise this winter and I just recently purchased the Canon Rebel T4i 18MP DSLR Camera Package which come with... Canon Rebel T4i 18MP DSLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II ...
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Which camera/lens combination achieves the highest possible image quality for macro?

Doing lots and lots of research I have a hard time time finding the ultimate answer to this question. I would like to shoot macro and products and aim for maximum sharpness and reproduction. Maximum ...
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I'm trying to take a close up of a camcorder LCD

I'm trying to a picture of an image I have paused on a Sony camcorder. The LCD is 6.2cm and has a pixel of 560x220. I'm using a Canon PowerShot SX40HS. I have the Canon on a tripod, micro setting, and ...
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How to shoot a person's eye?

I've recently seen several close up amazing shots of peoples eyes. I really want to be able to take a similar shot and am not sure what approach is best. I've got a rock solid Manfrotto tripod and a ...
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Advices for a good studio lighting photography book?

I'm new to studio photography. I have at home a little studio to shoot macros and portraits. I'm equipped with strobes and a macro ring flash. I'm now looking for a beginner/intermediate studio ...
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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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Why are macros from my new DSLR no better than those from my P&S?

I have been using a 14mp point and shoot for a couple of years. I like to take macros of flowers, frost and bugs. I want to keep zooming in on my PC to see deeper into the flower, so I bought a 18mp ...
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Analysis of a macro shot with very fast shutter speed

Recently I came across a macro photo here, with this properties: Focal Length: 105mm Shutter Speed: 1/3200 sec Aperture: f/4 ISO/Film: 200 So I am looking for possible reasons as to why ...
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Pentax-K 50mm lens, thread of 49mm or 50mm?

I really want to do some monkey macro photography. I am a student with almost no time and money, and want to take some hobby pictures in my spare time. I have the Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi/Kiss X2). ...
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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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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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How to take Nice Macro Photos with a Nikon CoolPix L26 16mp?

I am an OOAK Doll artist, and I sell my work through Ebay. I need to be able to take nice looking macro pictures of my dolls so they will sell. I use a Macro Photo Box, and I have 2 cameras an old ...
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How do I use a manual ring flash?

I have just purchased (impulse) a Viltrox JY-670 - Its a Hong Kong import - built well but its not TTL so its 100% manual ! yay fun ! What on earth do I do with the numbers on the back - already ...
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Will manual focus be available when reverse mounting a lens?

If I reverse mount a Canon 50mm F1.4 prime lens on Canon Rebel T3i/600d can I still use manual focus for macro?
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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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Macro mode: Should I make sure the lens is all zoomed out?

It appears that on most compact digital cameras, the macro mode (flower symbol) works best (or only) when the zoom lens is at the widest setting (comparable to e.g. 35 mm). What is the reason? ...