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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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Can my Nikkor 35mm f1.8 be used as a macro lens, with reversing ring?

Can the Nikkor 35mm 1.8G be used as a macro lens, if I use it with a reversing ring ?
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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 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 do I manually focus my macro in poor lighting conditions?

I'm using my Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro handheld all the time together with a flash rig and it works wonders. Most of the time I have an Eg-S focusing screen installed as well which makes it even easier ...
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Need a list of good Macro/Super Macro digital cameras [closed]

I'm looking for a good Macro/Super macro digital camera for taking pictures of small objects like stamps,coins, and jewelry. I will be using it for selling items on Ebay. I'm looking for a camera that ...
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What does the 'macro' mode on my camera actually do?

Background I have a Panasonic DMC-FZ20, however I would imagine this question applies to most point-and-shoot cameras with a built-in macro mode. I accidentally left my camera in macro mode while ...
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How did Suren Manvelyan create the macro pictures of eyes?

I came across some really cool macro photos of eyes today. How did he manage to get these photos? I couldn't find any EXIF information anywhere, and I don't have enough experience with macro to figure ...
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Macro Photography - Monopod or Tripod?

I recently got a new macro lens and after a couple of outings I noticed it would be very beneficial to use monopod or a tripod (or some kind of support). I would prefer a monopod because it seems ...
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What type of flash/diffuser was used in this picture?

What type of flash/diffuser was used in this picture ? I am amazed of the by level of diffused light. I am sure there is a lot of post processing but i believe the lighting is the most important ...
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Home-made snoot for macro photography. What shall I put inside?

Recently, I've developed a taste for macro photography and have a question concerning the light. I'm currently shooting with a Sigma 105mm Macro + Kenko extension tubes. I have an older model of the ...
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DIY Lighting for Macro Photography

I am using a simple reversal ring to mess around with macro photography at my home. My question is this what is the best way to light shots for macro photography? A Few Notes: I am photographing ...
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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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What is the significance of the typical extension tube lengths?

I've been recently looking into getting an extension tube set for some macro photograpy. I've noticed that a lot of these 3 tube sets (for Canon EOS) have the same, very specific lengths: 13mm, 21mm, ...
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How do I get adequate depth of field in macro photography?

I have been messing around with some Macro Photography using the techniques (and a reversal ring) described in a blog post by @ElendilTheTall My main issue is that I am having a hard time getting the ...
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Panasonic GF3 with 14mm pancake lens - which macro lens will fit?

I wonder if anyone can advise me? I have the panasonic gf3 with a 14mm lens. Is there a macro conversion lens I can buy (apart from the new panasonic one) - haven't had one before and so wanted ...
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For food photography with a Macro lens do I have to get a particular size of dishes?

From Rfusca's comment here: Why isn't the background towel visible in this still life? She might have used a macro lens, but this definitely isn't a macro shot. Its not nearly 1:1 unless those ...
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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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Ideas for Macro Photography [closed]

I would like to know just what kind of pictures I can take with macro. I'm looking for some out-of-the-box ideas. I have plenty close-ups of flowers, insects, grass, wood, and other objects. I would ...
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Why is the Canon MP-E 65mm F/2.8 Macro Lens not called a zoom?

The Canon MP-E 65mm works differently than my other macro lenses. Compare: With a standard 35mm macro, I can frame first and then adjust focus which only changes framing very slightly with. With the ...
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How much does extending affect range of focusing distances?

It's well known that moving a lens away from imaging surface will decrease both minimum and maximum focusing distance. There are times when it would be good to know how much those distances will ...
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How to light macro subjects with an off-camera solution?

With very high magnification (2X - 5X) it has been troublesome to light the subjects since the lens shadow often gets into the photo. If it does not, then the subjects end up poorly lit or backlit. ...
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How Much Can Lens Magnification Be Improved Without Significantly Lowering Image Quality?

Currently I own only a 1X magnification macro lens (35mm F/2.8) but I am playing with a rented Canon MP-E 65mm lens which can go to 5X. The photography at that magnification is a world apart! The ...
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Is the Olympus EP3L a good choice for 3D Macro?

I'm interested in getting an Olympus EPL3 for amateur use. In order of importance I'd like to be able to do the following: Macro 3D General purpose; portraits and panoramas Time-lapse Is this a ...
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How do you take pictures of creatures which may move away when you get close to them?

How do macro pros shoot animals, even flies or dragonflies since they can fly away forever at any moment? I sometimes suspect they have some trick to stun or immobilize them. Just as an example look ...
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Are there any techniques to aid/improve reverse macro photography

I recently started playing with reverse macro with my canon 50mm f1.8. A couple things I noticed immediately is: Shallow depth of field No control over aperture difficult to shoot handheld I ...
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What is the effective aperture of two stacked lenses for macro?

Is there a way to calculate the aperture of two lenses stacked together for macro? In my specific case, I have 90mm f/2.8 and 18mm 1/3.5 lenses.
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Why does my camera show “f00” when using extension tubes for shooting close ups?

As a beginner in close up photography, I am using extension tubes with my Canon 550D and standard 18-55mm lens. I noticed that when I use this, the f-stop meter in the camera does not work and always ...
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Why does the max aperture change when use Nikon 60mm AF-D Micro on D90 camera?

I have found that my Nikon 60mm Micro AF-D changes aperture from 2.8 to 3.2 when used with a D90. I have tried both A and M mode. Is it by design? Why? I intend to buy Nikon 50mm 1.4 AF-D, but it ...
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Is Flash a Must-Have For Macro Photography?

I want to start into macro photography this year so I've chose the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens to start with (I still haven't bought it since I'll do it next week, which I'll be in the ...
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How important is auto focus and aperture control in a macro setup?

I'm thinking of starting some amateur macro photography, and I'm not sure I want to go with macro lenses, due to their price. I currently have the following lenses: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Canon EF ...
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What are the best techniques for photographing butterflies in a glasshouse?

I will be going to a glasshouse where there will be butterflies as part of a special exhibition / attraction. What are the best techniques for taking good shots, assuming that using a tripod might ...
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What reverse connector do I need for Nikon?

I have 2 lenses for my Nikon D7000. First is 18-55mm and 18-200mm. I saw some pictures on internet are done using some reverse connector to get macro effect. What exactly I need to buy and how exactly ...
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How to set up a diamond for photography?

I'm trying to take a photo of a small, princess cut (square), 0.5 carat diamond . I have hard time placing it on a surface as I would like to one of the diamonds sides to be flat on the table. The ...
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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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When should I prefer 2-way or 4-way macro focusing rails?

I've been struggling with positioning camera in macro photography and have been thinking of getting a macro focusing rail. It seems there are at least two kinds, 2-way and 4-way adjustable. When ...
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How useful is image stabilization in a macro lens?

When looking at the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM and the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM the biggest differentiation is the included image stabilization(also the MTF chart, and "L" designation). How useful ...
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What is a good starter macro book?

Are there are good starter books for macro photography? There's a few really popular books in other areas of photography that seem to come highly recommended like 'Understanding Exposure',' The ...
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Can adapters convert between different thread sizes for reverse mounting a lens?

Can adapters be used to convert between different lens filter thread sizes when used to reverse mount a lens for macro, and is there any disadvantage in doing so? Split from this question: Does the ...
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Is there a Point and Shoot camera with a Macro function or ability?

I am looking for a simple point and shoot camera with a macro function to be able to take photographs for eBay auctions. Are there any P&S cameras with this function?
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Does the lens mount matter when reverse mounting for macro?

When using a reverse mount adapter ring to reverse mount a lens for macro photography, is it possible to use a lens designed for a different camera system so long as it has the same filter threading? ...
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How can I calculate magnification ratio I get by reversing a lens?

I am looking for a way to mathematically determine the maximum magnification ratio that is possible/practical to achieve by reverse mounting a non-macro lens, prior to purchasing the lens. See ...
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Are there macro focusing techniques for handheld shots?

I know that when doing much macro work that the autofocus system is nearly useless. When hand holding and trying to manually focus, I find myself continually going a little too far or just not far ...
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Does Nikon or anybody else have an equivalent on the Canon MP-E 65?

The Canon MP-E 65 can do macro shots up to 5:1. I've not been able to find anything like this for my Nikon system and you can't mount a Canon on a Nikon at all. Do Nikon or any third party make a ...
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What determines the reproduction ratio when lens stacking for macro shots?

When stacking one lens on another for macro shots (often a normal or wide angle on a telephoto ), what determines the maximum reproduction ratio that the combination can do?
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What software is available for macro focus stacking?

What software is available and widely used for macro focus stacking? In other areas photoshop, lightroom, aperture, etc are kind of industry standard options. Is there such a thing for focus ...
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Do normal macro lenses suffer the same light reduction as tubes?

When stacking tubes to make a normal lens a macro lens, you have significant light lost due to the increased distance. Do normal macro lenses suffer the same fate? Why or why not?
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What are options for macro lighting?

What options are there for additional lighting with macro subjects? The subjects are often so close to the lens that leaving the flash in the hot shoe or just ambient light often gets blocked. ...
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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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Can a fast prime lens simulate a macro lens for food photography?

I read in this thread that macro lenses are considered good for food photography. AFAIK, macro lenses are also used to photograph insects. The lens makes them look giant, and shows up all their ...
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Will the Raynox DCR 250 Macro + GF3 kit lens provide good results?

I have a Panasonic Lumix GF3 with the stock 14-42 lens. I've been away from photography for some time now. I bought a Raynox DRC 250 macro and was wondering if I would achieve pretty good results with ...