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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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1/250 flash sync useful with a 180 mm lens?

Right now I'm using a Canon 5D mark II camera with 180mm macro lens, and I am hand-holding the camera. My flash is the MT-24 twin flash. Some of my photos aren't razor sharp and I'm thinking about ...
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How can I take wide angle macro photos with a Nikon APS-C camera?

I am looking for wide angle macro solutions for Nikon APS-C cameras to create images similar to these. By "wide angle" I mean 20 mm (30 mm equiv.) or wider, and by "macro" I'm hoping to get close to ...
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What should I look for in lenses for long range and close up animal and natural shots?

I am looking at trying to buy a long range lens for shooting animals and nature. I'm kinda new to photography and am not sure which brand or size I should be looking for. What features are important ...
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How to estimate the minimum magnification to capture features of a certain size?

What is the correct way to estimate the minimum magnification (maximum subject distance) at which features of a certain size are resolved? My thinking is that given a system capable of resolving a ...
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closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens [duplicate]

I want to click macro pictures, so was wondering closeup filter for my 18-55mm and 50-200mm as a cheap macro solution. Lately I've been doing more macro work, so I've been thinking about cheap ...
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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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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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Should I use a 100mm Macro lens as a portrait lens?

I am specifically considering using the Canon 100mm Macro as a portrait lens. If I want to have a macro in my bag, but not carry around a 70-200 2.8 due to weight, size, white color, or price if it ...
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What is the difference between Reversing Ring and Reverse Protect Ring? [duplicate]

I want buy a Macro Reversing Ring for Macro shot but then I can't protect the lens with a filter. Can I use Reverse Protect Ring for lens filter (like UV filer) or lens Cap?
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How to take unreal looking flower shots?

I'm trying to take a shot like this: Here is my attempt. I have used a 100mm macro lens, with a ring flash. I've tried different lighting settings and manual control but they are not close to what ...
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How do zoom, magnification, and focal length relate?

Zoom lenses and cameras with superzooms are often sold with a times ("×") zoom number — like a 12x zoom or 30x zoom. The question How do I convert lens focal length (mm) to x-times optical zoom? ...
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Are there super-macro lenses for getting “inside”?

As a follow-on to the question How can one capture gun bore shots? I'm wondering how we can get a wide perspective inside a very small space. For example, I like this shot of a .45" barrel with a ...
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How can one capture gun bore shots?

How can one capture shots like this where a long, small tube like a gun bore is evenly illuminated along its length? In this sample the harsh reflections off the breach suggest it was illuminated ...
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Can I combine extension tubes and macro filters at once to give better macros? [duplicate]

I don't have a dSLR at the moment but am planning to buy one. Wanted to know the cheaper methods to shoot in macro. Will using macro filters and extension tubes concurrently increase the efficiency of ...
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What are those little hooks on extension tubes for?

Almost every extension tube with electronics has them. What are they for?
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How do I do macro photography with a Tamron 18-270 VC macro lens?

I have just bought this lens for my Canon EOS 700D camera. How do I activate the macro facility on this lens?
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What's a fairly simple way of taking a photo through a microscope?

I have a simple microscope, with only one lens (though two eyepieces). Is there any way to do this, without too much money and modification?
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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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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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Why can lenses only focus from so close? [duplicate]

I have always wondered, why is it that a lens can only focus from so far away from the subject? I know some lenses have a kind of macro switch which basically allows them to focus closer but why are ...
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Panorama macro possible?

I have never really tried to do much stitching. Is there any software to create a panorama for a macro pic? Could very well be a pipe dream, but worth asking!
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What lens should I use to be able to fill the frame with a mounted 35mm slide at 12 inches?

Objective: Digitize thousands (~7500) mounted 35mm slides as quickly as possible (without using a paid service), about 1,000 before Father's Day. Equipment: Kodak Carousel 750H Projector Nikon ...
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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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What are the benefits of using a dedicated macro lens over a zoom with macro abilities [duplicate]

I'm interested to know what benefits there are from using a dedicated macro lens as opposed to a zoom lens with macro ability. Will a zoom lens be capable of close focus when zoomed in fully? Will a ...
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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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Closeup lenses: do size affect their performance? and how?

A friend is willing to give me (as a gift) a set of close-up lenses (A.K.A diopters or macro filters) and he has two such sets, One is 58mm and the other is 72mm, which coincidentally are the ones ...
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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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Setup for macro photos of flat surface with macro lens and led ring

I need to take photographs of a close flat surface with controlled lighting. I have an idea to do this, which is to use a dslr with a macro lens. Use a LED ring (which I see are usually used for ...
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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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What does the magnification ratio number mean on a macro lens?

I'm looking for a macro lens. I have 28-105mm Nikkor which gives me "1:2 Magnification Ratio" (whatever that means). I found another lens, Tamron 90mm Macro, which has magnification ratio of 1:1. ...
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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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Low light when using Macro Reversing Ring

I just purchased Macro Reversing Ring for my Nikon d5100(18-55lens), but I observed that whenevever I try to use it I am getting very dark images, They are so dark that I cannot capture them without ...
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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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Macro Extension Rings

Hi Folks I have a Olympus E410. I recently purchased Macro extension rings, but they do not seem to work. When I fitted them to my camera everything was blurred, whether one inch away or two feet ...
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Macro lens for Nikon D90

I'm an eye surgeon and take photos for patients with squint (crossed eyes) showing the eyes only. I also need to take photos to lid lesions which may be 3-10mm only. I already have the 18-105 lens. ...
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What do I need to know to select a Nikon-fit macro lens?

I've recently found a passion for macro photography and have purchased a Nikon D3200 which is a great starter DSLR. I have a macro setting on my DSLR and am currently using a VR lens. Will i ...
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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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How to do jewellery photography with a telephoto lens?

A local jeweller has a Canon EOS 550D with a telephoto lens model 'Canon EF 75-300mm (f/4-56 III USM)' which she's using to photograph her work for sale. The lens will zoom enough to get large ...
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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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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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How do I calculate what the working distance will be with a macro reversed lens setup?

Once I got hooked up on macro photography and bought a 105mm 1:1 macro lens. I really like the lens and it also gives me a decent working distance. However, I started being obsessed with getting ...
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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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What camera features do I look for if I want to shoot miniatures? [closed]

I want to buy a camera for taking pictures of small models. I have been looking at the Fujifilm Finepix HS25 EXR and Canon Powershot SX510 HS, however I don't know which one will be better for my ...
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Variable focal length for macro lenses?

True macro lenses come in fixed focal length. Are there any macro lensens which have variable focal lengths? And please explain why yes or why not?
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How to take a photo of defects on a mirror?

Taking a picture of a reflected image of object is depicted in this image. Camera focus is on the image of a piece of paper. Besides the depth of field (cheap Panasonic DMC-FX8 in makro mode, ...
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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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Is there a cheaper alternative to Novoflex' Macro Reversal Adapter for controlling a reversed lens?

Novoflex makes the EOS-RETRO lens reversal adapter that, unlike other adapters, has a second ring that is attached to the EF mount side of the reversed lens, and electrically connects it to the body's ...
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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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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 ...