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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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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's the best budget macro lens option for micro 4/3 Panasonic Lumix gf3?

I would like to get into macro photography.. Just wondering what the best macro lens would be in the $150-200 price range? I would like to get the Panasonic/Leica macro lens but not in the budget. Btw ...
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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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Invariants in subject size and depth of field? [duplicate]

I was curious if I could cheat my way around having to focus stack an object by using different lenses. Playing with the Depth of Field calculator I noticed something interesting: No matter what ...
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Recommended way to do photomicography outdoors?

The first part of the question is, what is the best microscope to use that you can attach to a DSLR camera (I have a Canon 7D), that's reasonably priced (not like $20k or whatever, ideally less than ...
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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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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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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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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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working distance in macro photography

I have Sigma 70-300mm and tamron 24-70mm lens. I want to capture dragonfly and butterflies. I am thinking to get either close-up lens (Raynox DCR 250) or extension tube (XIT Pro Series). But my ...
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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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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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Why can't I get a sharp macro image when shooting handheld, even with IS?

These days I shoot macro handheld, using the focus and recompose technique. I used AF-one shot. I used a Canon 100mm 2.8 on my Canon 550D. My shutter speed was 1/100s, but it was quite frustrating ...
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canon 6d or 5d II for macro?

At the mo I have a 550d and a 60d. my lenses are 17-35 2,8L, 24-80 2,8L, 70-200 2,8L, 100-400 4,5-5,4L sigma 150 2,8 and looking for the canon 50 1,2. The obvious next step is a FF Body. My main ...
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How do i choose a camera for macro photography without considering special lens?

For macro photography, how do I choose between a compact camera or a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (without considering a lens)? What indicator(s) should I look for when making the choice?
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Options for close-up shots [duplicate]

I'm rather new to photography, having come from an amateur hobbyist video background. I recently purchased a Sony Alpha A58, and I want to take high quality close up shots. As I understand it, I need ...
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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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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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Should Minimum Focus Distance be high or low for better macro photography?

What is best for macro photography high or low minimum focus distance (MFD) ? where to find this information on a lens/camera and how should i read it ?
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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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What did the “macro” switch/mode do on older zoom lenses?

I remember that a number of older (80s to maybe mid 90s) zooms had a "macro" mode where you would throw a switch that allowed the lens to focus closer. What was that? was it just a built in extension ...
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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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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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Are there any official flash extenders for macro work?

I'm regularly doing macro work using a Nikon D800, typically with its internal flash, and when possibly using the SB700 speedlight. In both cases, the flash is directly head-on, which has several ...
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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 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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Will these two accesories work together for a “Macro” photography experience?

I am trying to to get a Christmas gift for my wife. She has a Cannon Rebel T1i and two lenses that came with it (nothing else). She has shown some interest in Macro photography with the lenses she ...
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Can I make a 1:2 macro lens into 1:1 true macro using only bellows?

I have a Tamron 90mm with a 1:2 magnification. If I use a bellows will that make it 1:1? I know I can buy an extension but I also what to know if I can get 1:1 magnification with only the bellows ...
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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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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 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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How does sensor size impact depth of field and diffraction for macro photography?

Macro photographers often stop down to very small apertures to maximize the razor thin depth of field when operating at such close focus distances. Smaller sensors have greater depth of field than ...
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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? ...
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What old wide angle lens should I use for reverse macro?

I want to expirement with a reversed wide angle lens for high magnification photography. I would prefer an older lens where I can set the F-Stop manually on the lens itself. I use a Canon 5D Mark ...
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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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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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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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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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Most effective way to get detailed photo of a dog's eyes

I am not familiar with photography and have a question regarding the most effective way to get a close up photograph of just a dog's eyes. I would like the photo to have great detail, such as being ...
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Chromatic abberation or surface effect? (macro of dime)

I took the linked photo of a dime with a D5100 and a reversed lens combination lit by a table lamp. It is at 100 ISO where the D5100 shows no chroma noise. The burnished metal surface shows a weird ...
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Combinig external flash with ring flash - viable?

I have a Nikon SB900 which I use exclusively for macro photograhpy. Would it be a good idea to combine in with a ring light/flash for some extra fill light? Or would it be better to buy another ...
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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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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 ...
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How to take pictures of plankton? [duplicate]

I've been wondering how people take pictures of plankton. I have no idea what kind of lens, setup and adaptors are needed to take shots of plankton? I guess you need a microscope of sorts but after ...
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Macro shots using Nikon AF-S 55-300mm [duplicate]

I know, it's not a macro (or, in Nikon terms, Micro) lens. But, want to use it that way sometimes. Though, for budget's sake, i was considering a Tamron AF 70-300mm(F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro), but, ended ...
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Can a Macro lens be considered useful for shooting other than Macro scenes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a macro lens suitable for distant subjects - wildlife, sports, portraiture? For scenes like Portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, food photography etc, can Macro lens be ...
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How does focal length relate to macro magnification? [duplicate]

I'm new to photography and would like to know a little more about zoom lens, The main thing I wonder about is this, I have a Fujifilm S4000 camera that claims to have 30x magnification. The new ...
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Canon 18-135mm macro capability vs 100mm macro lens

I have a Canon 550d, and intend to take insect/flower closeup/macro shots. But I am not sure what the difference is between the Canon 18-135 lens vs a Canon 100mm Macro lens in terms of their macro ...