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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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Why did Nikon stop producing the T series close up lenses?

About 10 years ago I seem to remember buying a Nikon T series close up lens for roughly £25. I was happy with it but when I no longer needed it I sold it on. Today I would like to get another one, but ...
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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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How do zoom, magnification, and focal length relate?

Zoom lenses and cameras with superzooms are often sold with an × zoom number — like a 12x zoom or 30x zoom. The question How do I convert lens focal length (mm) to x-times optical zoom? explains how ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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Can I combine extension tubes and macro filters at once to give better macros?

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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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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What are the pros and cons of different lenses on the end of a long macro bellows

I just picked up a vintage 300mm bellows with a 50mm lens on the M42 screw mount, but the lens is kinda foggy and scratched. What would I gain or lose with different focal lengths for a replacement ...
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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 ...
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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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How to photograph glitter and holographic glitter?

I need to take pictures of glittery items, and some of the items also have glitter that gives a rainbow holographic effect. When I take pictures using my DSLR the glitter always looks really flat and ...
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What is the rule for shutter speed in macro photography?

The common rule of thumb is that for handheld photography, shutter speed needs to be the inverse of focal length or shorter to avoid blur caused by camera shake; image stabilization gives you a factor ...
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What is the name for the type of photography where the subject is close-up?

I believe there is a name for this particular type of photography where the subject is close-up such as the below examples:- I'm trying to search for photography like this on the web but unsure ...
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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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Is it possible to get a lens that will capture both far away and very close-by objects?

I have Sony A58 with 18-55mm standard lens. It's been almost 6 months that I have been using it and now I have started to feel that I can't either far away objects or very close-by objects with crisp ...
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Why doesn't my Sigma lens autofocus if the subject is initially way out-of-focus?

I have a Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro lens mounted on my Canon 6D. Even if AF mode is set to minimum-to-infinity range, if my subject is way out of focus (too far or too near), like, say, ...
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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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Does extension tubes enhance magnification on a 105mm macro lens?

I have a Nikon 105mm macro VR lens and I am quite happy with it. This is a true macro and gives me 1:1 magnification. If I put an extension tube with this macro lens, will the image magnification ...