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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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After considering crop factor on Nikon D90, which macro lens should I get?

I am thinking of getting Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D. I'm not a stamp collector so what I am looking for is characteristics of 100mm macro lens for Full Frame camera. Should I get 100mm macro ...
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What's the difference between a regular lens and a macro lens? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a 100mm lens and 100mm macro, or 50mm and 50mm macro? Can we use a macro lens to shot portraits? If yes, what focal length is the best? Please suggest a Canon macro ...
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How to reverse the canon 18-55 kit lens to use it as macro?

I have been trying to use my 18-55 kit lens as a macro but have no idea how to go about it. Do I need an adapter to mount the lens reversed on the camera? Also, is it possible to use canon 50mm f/1.8 ...
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Are there any inexpensive 2x AF macro lenses for Canon?

I want to be able to take pictures like this: This was taken at 2×, but the lens costs over 1000 and has no autofocus. Is there a lens that can take pictures like this for less money, preferably ...
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How can I calculate the change an extension tube makes to the maximum magnification of a lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I calculate what the effect of an extension tube will be? My understanding is that extension tubes increase the magnification of lenses by reducing their minimum ...
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Macro Lens comparison : Nikon 85mm DX vs Nikon 60mm (FX)

What is the point of buying the 85mm DX AF-S f/3.5G for 476$ versus the 60mm AF-S f/2.8G for 540$. It's 64$ to get f/2.8G over f/3.5G, it's close to be the same focal on a DX 85 vs 90 (1.5 X 60) and ...
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What macro techniques offer an alternative to expensive optics?

I was wondering what are the alternative macro techniques people use instead of buying expensive macro optics. I know about single lens reverse macro technique; what other alternative techniques allow ...
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What am I losing when using extension tubes instead of a macro lens?

After playing around with macro photography on-the-cheap (read: reversed lens, rev. lens mounted on a straight lens, passive extension tubes), I would like to get further with this. The problems with ...
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Does a camera's crop factor apply to the magnification of macro shots?

If I have a lenses (or in my case extension tubes) that would allow the lens to magnify 1:1, does a 1.5x crop factor body make it really 1.5:1 ?
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What aperture settings should I use for taking macro photos of artwork?

So I'm using the macro to photograph artwork with a T2i. I'm still just testing right now without studio lighting, but when I tried to zoom in (digitally) and focus with the camera display it seems to ...
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Upgrade from a 5D to shoot video

I want to be able to shoot video footage in the best quality I can of vibrating grains on membranes (cymatics). I'm wondering if I should I swap my Canon 5D for a 5DmkII, buy the cheaper 7D, buy a ...
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Macro vs Compact Macro,

So I decided on the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM for shooting the artwork. It is really nice and takes great shots with little distortion if any (haven't test it much yet). But I'm surprised how ...
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True Macro Zooming Lens? + zooming and manual focus while tethered?

This is a follow up to a few other recent questions about shooting artwork including: macro lens for artwork with the T2i I just received my T2i and tethered it to my laptop. With the stock lens it ...
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Taking photos of computer screens - reducing glare with S95

I am using my S95 to take photographs of LCD computer screens which are used to display Microfilm images related to my research. Unfortunately they aren't running a normal OS, so it's not an option to ...
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Any suggestions on a ringlight flash for my new Canon 100mm 2.8 macro?

Just to let it be known, I want the following: ETTL Support The lens has a 58mm thread. I don't care alot about extra features, and for the flash, I don't mind getting any kind of an off brand. I ...
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Can you recommend a macro lens for a micro 4/3 camera?

I've recently purchased a micro 4/3 camera (Panasonic GF1), and I'm aware that with an appropriate adapter, I can use a large variety of third-party lenses. I'm interested in experimenting with macro ...
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How do I reduce noise, given that I have complete control over everything else?

I want to take some pictures of some crystals. Being crystals, they don't move around much so I can set up my camera and lighting as I like. I have a high-powered halogen light shining on them, and ...
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Am I making a good camera/lens purchasing decision?

I'm about to purchase: Canon T2i with included EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Canon Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens This is for photography 2D artwork of different media and I've made this ...
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Why is 1:1 desirable for a macro lens?

Why is 1:1 desirable for a macro lens? I know it means that you can print a picture of something and it will be the same size on paper as it is in real life, but why is this such a desirable feature ...
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What methods do macro photographers use to get so close to butterflies, bees, insects and the like?

I have seen some super macro photos of things like butterflies and bees that left me wondering how the photographer is able to get so close to the subject long enough to take a photo. Most of the ...
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What should I do to avoid switching lenses?

I'm thinking of buying a telephoto lens for my Canon 550D (3x zoom isn't very helpful), but I won't be able to do very good macro shots with it. Since I do a lot of both, I would be switching lenses ...
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wide angle and macro lens converter or adapter

I'm new to the world of photography and also have a pretty tight budget, so I'm interested if anyone has tried using a wide angle + macro lens converter/adaptor such as this (Forum discussion about ...
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Is AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G lens good for both macro and portrait photography?

I'm thinking of buying a macro lens am considering the Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR. Is this lens really good for portraits? Where can I find sample pictures taken with this lens? Is ...
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How can I get an advertisement-like photo of a pint of Guinness?

I'm a massive Guinness fan and want to take a close up of the dark cloudy texture you get when you pour a glass. I've seen it in the adverts and just want to experiment. I have a limited-edition pint ...
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How close can a lens focus?

From my understanding, if you want to do some macro photography it is better to have a lens that can focus when it is really close to the subject. Sometimes people buy extension tubes to help them ...
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How can I calculate what the effect of an extension tube will be?

There must be a mathematical description of the difference that an extension tube makes to a lens -- is it something that can be easily described? (For example, with teleconverters you can say things ...
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How to micro-adjust distance for focusing in macro photography?

I'd like to take macro photos, but I have a problem with the focus. I put the object on a (light) table, I put my camera on my tripod and take a few shots. Since the depth of field is very small ...
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Good point and shoot for jewelry photography?

I have a friend/client (a jeweler) who needs to purchase a new camera. He has a nice lightbox setup (I think something specifically intended for jewelry use - he mentioned "full spectrum lights", ...
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How can I take a macro shot without a macro lens?

I am a photography newbie and have only a 18 - 135mm canon kit lens at my disposal. I wanted to take macro shots but can't really afford a macro lens right now. One very optimistic goal of mine is to ...
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What Pentax macro lens do you recommend for outdoor activities?

I am a Pentax K20D owner, and now I'd like to buy my first macro lens. Candidates I consider are: Pentax-D FA 100 mm F2.8 Macro 365 g, 560 €. Pentax-D FA 100 mm F2.8 Macro WR weather-resistant, 340 ...
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How to avoid glare in macro photography?

I am attempting to take pictures of antique pocket watches, when I use my flash, even with a diffuser or farther away, I get glare from the curved elements within the watch. Are there any sites with ...
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How do cheap macro ring flashes perform?

When I last checked years ago, the price of a typical Ring flash unit was approximately $500. Nowadays there are still ring flashes for approx. $500 like Pentax AF160FC, Pentax AF-140C, Canon MR-14EX, ...
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Which Nikon-mount Sigma macro zoom lens for a beginner?

I am a photography beginner. I have a Nikon D90 with the kit lens. I am planning to buy an additional lens. I started with a Canon S3IS, and shot some macro photos, which I think are good. I want ...
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Is Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 stabilized, can it be used for handheld shots?

Has a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 got an Image Stabiliser? Following an answer to a previous question re my wifes Canon EOS 450D in which Jrista suggested the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 lens rather than the ...
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Can I use a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 450D?

My wife has a Canon EOS 450D and, after following a few threads and questions and answers, a Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens seems to be popular for insect photography. I am considering buying one for ...
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What are Extension Tubes?

What are Extension Tubes?
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Examples from the Nikkor Micro 105mm f/2.8 on a full frame camera

This is more of a request than a question. I'm considering getting the aforementioned lens but I'm a bit afraid that it may not allow me to produce as much magnification as I would hope for. That's ...
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Wider angle lens for indoor photography?

I'm an amateur photographer and only just picked up my first DSLR (went for a 50D with a basic 18-55mm Canon IS lens) and was considering purchasing a wider angle lens such as the Sigma 28mm f/1.8-22 ...
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Which lenses are best for macro and for birdwatching (both Canon and Nikon)?

Now I have old Sony A100 DSLR + Minolta AF 24-50/4, Minolta AF 50/1.6, Tokina ATX 80-400/4.5-5.6, ... My camera is old. In near future I am going to buy new DSLR. I think it will be Canon or Nikon. I ...
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What is a macro lens?

I've read a few threads on here that mention some elementary descriptions of macro lenses and found some marketing fluff in the box for my Canon about them as well, but being a complete novice I was ...
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How do I choose a macro lens for a Canon APS-C camera?

I have a Canon 40D and like taking macro shots sometimes, so I'm thinking of buying a macro lens. I'd also like the lens to double up as a portrait lens. I'm not a super serious photographer, so my ...
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Macro differences between Canon S90 and G11

Why the Canon S90 does not handle macros as well as the Canon G11? I understand the S90 has a minimum focus distance of 5cm, while the G11 can focus at 1cm, but why there is this difference since they ...
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Are there any downsides to buying a third party extension tubes for Canon?

I would like to get a little higher magnification out of my Canon 100mm Macro, so I am looking at extension tubes. I know Canon makes the EF25, but it seems pretty expensive considering there isn't ...
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What is a focusing rail?

In What are the best practices for DOF stacking? I noticed a mention of a "focusing rail". I've never heard of such device. What is it, and in what circumstances is it useful?
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What are the best practices for DOF stacking?

What are the best practices for DOF stacking? How do you get the frames with focus just right amount apart? How do you stack them in post processing?
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How can I reverse-mount a Canon F/1.4 50 mm for macro photography?

I'd like to experiment with mounting my Canon F/1.4 50 mm lens backwards to experiment with macro photography (on a Rebel Xti). What kind of gear do I need, and how do I go about it?
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Which suits better for hobby usage: extension tubes vs. close-up filter?

I am looking to do a little macro work, but am not ready to invest in a macro lens. For hobby work like photographing flowers and such would it be better to invest in a set of extension tubes or in a ...
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Which macro lens would you recommend for a full frame Nikon camera?

I use a full frame Nikon camera and would love to play with macro photography. Is the Nikon 105 macro strong enough or would you rather recommend some bigger third party lens?
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How do I create “Rim Lighting” in macro photography?

I enjoy macro photography and have heard of using "Rim Lighting" for higher contrast. How do I achieve this effect?
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What should I consider when purchasing a macro lens?

What should I be aware of when buying a macro lens (other than that it will fit my camera)? What features should I look for? What specs should I pay close attention to? What factors affect macro ...