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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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What type of lens can I add to my webcam for closeups 5-20cm away?

I have a somewhat unusual need - I've got a webcam with a fixed, plastic lens that's focused on anything >40cm away. I need to be able to focus on things that are 5-20cm away. I'm not worried about ...
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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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Can I take macro photo with a mirrorless camera as easily as with a compact camera (even without a macro lens)?

I wish to change my Canon G15 camera for an M2 or M3 (when available) mirrorless one. With G15 it is rather easy to shoot macro photos — this is included in the features of the camera and lens. Will ...
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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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What camera can I use as a high-resolution macro video recorder? [closed]

I'm looking for a consumer camera (or "pro"...as opposed to an industrial camera) to use in a computer vision/animal tracking experiment. Basically I want images with as high of a resolution as ...
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Where is my DOF button in 550D?

While going through many of the "reverse lens for macro shooting" tutorials I found that I should hold my DOF preview button and then detach the lens and reverse. This would ensure the aperture lock. ...
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How to make a microscope with a 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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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 extension tube options are there for the Pentax system?

From the reading I have done on extension tubes, I understand that some are just 'dumb' tubes while others have electronics that may allow for metering and autofocus to still work. Further, from this ...
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What is the best lens for shooting flat surfaces?

For a long time, I was making closeup photographs of flat surfaces using my cropped DLSR and Canon EF 50/1.4 lens. The scene was illuminated by an external flash. The focusing distance was the closest ...
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Why do I need an add-on lens to take smartphone macro photos?

Why do you need an external macro lens for a smartphone to take macro photos. Why can't the smartphone lens itself take macro photos?
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Can smartphone applications allow you to take macro photos? [duplicate]

Are there any smartphone applications that will allow you to take macro photos? If not, why aren't there?
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How do add on macro smartphone lenses allow you to take macro photos?

It may sound obvious, but how exactly does an add on macro lens allow you to take close up photos? Can someone give technical reasons? I'd like to know the physics behind add on macro lenses and how ...
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How can I calculate the effect of a supplementary close-up lens (a.k.a macro filter)?

If I have a +1, +2, +4, or +10 close-up lens which attaches to the front of my regular lens, how can I calculate its effect on close focusing distance, figure out how much magnification I can get from ...
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How does the Nikkor 35mm prime compare to the Nikkor 40mm Micro for portraits?

I have a D5200. I'm planning on to buy a prime lens and I'm also interested in macro photography. I had chosen to buy the Nikkor 35mm prime lens. But, I came across the 40mm Nikkor Macro lens. Now I ...
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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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How to capture snow flake?

Can someone explain how to capture a snow flake as a subject? I would like to know the settings and info for both DSLRs and camera phones like the Lumia 1020. (I would prefer Lumia settings; there are ...
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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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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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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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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 ...