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I have a consumer camcorder which gives 32X optical zoom and after using it for a year I wanted a DSLR which would do the same thing. For a DSLR lens to offer the same zoom range is unheard of and I was disappointed to learn how the DSLR makers aren't making such lenses. I have a 10X zoom lens for my DSLR which all by itself is larger and heavier than the ...


As others have wrote - it is difficult to make lenses that can focus at very different distances. Designer of the lenses have to choose possible distances because it may affect size, weight, complexity and finally cost of the lenses. In fact there are also lenses than can focus at very close distances but CAN'T at far distances. The example is this: Canon ...


It is very possible, and you can even avoid parallax by using a macro rail shifting it parallel to the subject. In this manner you dont rotate the lens around a nodal point.


I've recently undertaken a similar project and found that the Nikon ES-1 slide copying attachment is a great piece of equipment. It screws on to the front of a lens and holds a slide parallel to the sensor/film plane, and also provides a diffuser to help adequately light the slide. I'm using a D800 (full frame) and 60mm AF-S G lens and mounting the ES-1 to ...


If you can find a way to make your composition work with limited DOF, then that's great, and this is often the key to good macro photography, but if what you have in mind really needs more depth, read on. If you can get enough depth of field with a small aperture, then that's the way to go. If you are buying a macro lens, pay attention to how far you can ...


"Close focus" is very vague, but many zooms can focus close. However, the greatest magnification ratio isn't always at the longest focal length. For almost every zoom, "macro" has been a marketing term. "Real" macro means the ability to get a magnification ratio of at least 1:2. "Macro" zooms get down to ~1:4. The exceptions that I know of are Nikon's ...


I am not a specialist in macro photography, but... I would recommend a macro lens. Try and do it somewhere with bright natural sunlight (outdoors, or by a door or window). Have a low ISO to keep noise to a minimum, the lower the better. If it's sunny, don't do it in harsh sunlight - this will give harsh shadows. I'd recommend late afternoon. If it's cloudy ...

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