Questions tagged [macro]

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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Extreme macro rig

I have read everywhere on the internet how close up filters, extension tubes, and teleconverters can enhance the macro capabilities of a given lens... but how would a crazy rig made of the three of ...
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Why is Canon's 17cm focus distance macro, while 16cm focus distance is not macro?

Canon's 35mm RF f/1.8 STM lens is called a "macro" lens. Its minimum focusing distance is 17 centimeters. Canon's 24mm EF-S f/2.8 STM lens has a minimum focusing distance of 16 centimeters, less than ...
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Is this the limit of the camera image quality or is the subject out of focus?

I'm using the "macro" mode in the Powershot G9X II. The macro mode is simply a shorter focus range, there is no magnification in place, like in aftermarket macro lenses for DSLR's. I've shot many ...
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How to take macro photos of microscopy?

I am new to macro, and will be taking photos of insects under a stereo microscope for taxonomic reasons. I will be setting up the camera so that its lens points down into the eyepiece of a dissection ...
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How will a studio camera with tilt and shift compare to stacking 35mm images?

I use a Nikon d850 with 200mm micro Nikon lens mainly for jewelry photography and stacking is my regular approach. The major problem I have with that is in the shades where definition, detail, etc. ...
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How to support tiny objects like earrings for macro photography from multiple angles?

I am taking photos with macro lens of tiny objects (let's say earrings for the sake of this post) in all angles to stitch together into a 3D model. We place the objects on a black platform and then ...
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Can any MFT lenses be turned into a practical object-space telecentric macro lens by reversing?

The micro four thirds specifications originally want lenses to be image space telecentric if possible. It seems that some MFT lenses actually follow that recommendation. Can reversing such a lens ...
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What would cause macro mode to be locked out on my Panasonic Lumix DMC camera?

I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ55. Suddenly, I can't use the macro on my camera. On the monitor it says "lock" with an arrow under it. How do I unlock it? What is causing the macro to cease working?
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How to get bokeh or macro on E-M10 Mark II with 14-42mm Black EZ Lens? [duplicate]

I got E-M10 Mark II with 14-42mm Black EZ Lens f3.5-5.6 EZ. Is it possible to create nice bokeh and macro pics with this set up? I tried shooting many pics (well mainly on auto), but I never got ...
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Can you turn a 60mm macro lens into a 100mm macro lens?

I have a Canon EF-S 60mm Macro lens. Can I add an extension tube or teleconverter to emulate a 100mm Macro? If not, is there a solution?
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What features to consider when selecting a ring flash?

I have a Nikon d7200 camera and managed to get my hands on Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens. While trying to take some shots at 1:1, I found lighting a big issue if I am stopping my lens down. I was ...
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What kind of bellows should I use for 5x magnification with a 100mm lens?

I have a Canon 1200D and I have a Tokina f2.8 100mm macro lens. I would like to achieve up to 5x magnification. Which bellows should I use?
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Why won't Nikon B700 focus close when fully zoomed?

Hello recently I went to best buy and played with a Nikon B500, it was great. I was able to focus on the smallest things, close or far, zoomed all the way in and all the way out. So I went on the ...
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How to choose between Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM and EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

I'm looking for a macro lens for my Canon 80D. The two crop-specific offerings from Canon are the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM and EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM. They're both on the affordable end of the ...
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Does a telephoto lens with extension tubes or a dedicated macro lens provide more depth of field?

When doing macro photography, is there greater depth of field with a macro lens or a telephoto lens using an adapter?
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Why we can't use telephoto lens for macro objects?

As I know the focal length of macro and tele lenses are the same, which is around 200mm. Now I wonder, why we can not use tele lens for macro photography? P.S: Both macro and tele lenses have a focal ...
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What differences can be expected when using enlarging lenses for general or macro photography?

Enlarging lenses seem to be available for very little cost. What differences can be expected when using enlarger lenses for general or macro photography? When might one prefer to use an enlarging ...
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Thoughts on using Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM for Macro photography

Is the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM a good lens to be used for Macro photography? I mostly try to photograph flowers and also insects sometimes. I will be using it with a Canon EOS 800D and ...
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Canon EOS 800D vs 80D | Which one is better for macro photography?

I am looking to buy a new camera body primarily for Macro photography. I am currently shooting on a 2008 spec Canon EOS 450D, but want to upgrade. I have a budget of AUD$1000 and am looking at either ...
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Focussing 100mm Auto Bellows Minolta lens on Bellows I with slide duplicator

I have a Minolta Auto Bellows 100mm lens (no focussing functionality, just aperture), that I am trying to use to duplicate slides with a A7R III and Minolta bellows I, focussing rail and slide ...
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Why doesn't the EF-S to EF-M converter act as an extension tube? [duplicate]

By adding an extension between the camera and the lens, in this case a converter so I can use EF lenses on my Canon M50, you would think any lens would focus closer but it doesn't. Why is that? :/
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How can the focal length for shake reduction be determined when the lens is mounted using a reverse lens adapter?

My camera (Sony A7RII) offers image stabilisation (SteadyShoot). I shoot macros using a 50mm and a 28mm Olympus lens reverse mounted with anadapter. What values should I enter in the menu to ...
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Nikon 105mm f/2.8D or Nikon AF S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

My lens broke down so I am in a market for a new one. Ideally I would love to purchase one lens for both macro (I photograph jewelry) and portraits (I am an amateur striving for a creamy bokeh). I ...
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Macro button on Nikon L830 does not work

I am fully aware of how to use the macro setting on my CoolPix L830. The button to turn it on does not work at all. Every other function on the camera works. I tried resetting to factory defaults and ...
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Why does this thin plate disappear when changing focus

I am photographing a very thin plate (0.01" thick) that is partially submerged in a tank of water. My goal is to find the angle that the water surface makes with plate. When I focus on the front edge ...
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What can I expect with stacked lenses for extreme macro photography?

I need your opinions on stacked lenses setup for extreme macro photography. I own a Nikon D5600. I bought a Nikon AF-S 40mm f1.8G Micro lens together with the body. Then, Nikon, as a part promotion ...
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What is the Advantage of a macro lens compared to a macro tube? [duplicate]

I want to do some macro photography (plants, insects...) additionally to my landscape photography and now I am looking if it is more useful to just buy a macro tube to convert my existing lenses (a 18-...
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What equipment would be best for a new photographer, interested in macro nature photography?

I recently started a photography class and I really like it, and I want to start taking photos outside of school with my own camera but I don’t know what to get. I love taking close up pictures of ...
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Pentax K-x with kit lenses problem producing sharp photos [duplicate]

Hey guys I have recently dug out old Pentax K-X with kit lenses, but I noticed I struggle with sharpness of the photos. No matter what settings I try I get my photos blurry when I crop it to make ...
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Micro-Nikkor 55mm f3.5 dark corners (vignette) in viewfinder

I bought a Nikkor 55mm f3.5macro lens (non AI version) and when I attached it to my F2S the corners are dark. No lens hood attached. Anyone know if this is normal?
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What focal length for macro shots of small animals behind glass?

I'm heading to the San Diego Zoo next week and will be bringing a Canon 80D and the new Canon 70-200mm F4 IS II. For macro shots such as animals behind glass, such as snakes and bugs, would you ...
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How do extension tubes affect the image circle? [duplicate]

If you abuse your lens by just stacking a bunch of extension rings one on top of the other, will this start to affect your image circle? For instance, you have a lens that can just about cover your ...
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Can I force the aperture to stay open on macro lens?

I have a sigma 180mm f/2.8 lens, which I bought because it was the largest aperture I could find that focuses around 0.5m See this question for why this was important.. Upon arrival, however, the lens ...
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How does blur radius change with distance from the point of focus at macro distances?

In a macro situation, is there a known function that maps the blur radius as a function of the physical distance from the plane of focus? I'd expect this function to give near zero (in pixels) at ...
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700D live view depth of field not accurate

I shoot with a Canon 700D and I've just bought myself a Sigma 105mm 2.8 Macro lens. I've been loving the new lens but one issue I have is that the depth of field in the live view on the camera's ...
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How can I achieve more depth of field on macro shots with a smartphone camera?

How can I get more depth of field for macro photography with a smartphone (Huawei Honor 8) camera? I am trying to do some macro photography work using my smart phone and a custom-made macro lens. My ...
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Can I change the camera aperture value on my Honor 8 phone?

I am planning to do some macro photography with my Honor 8 phone, i got a macro lens to clip over the phone. the problem is, i need more depth of field and hence i need to increase the f-number, the ...
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What are the ways to improve magnification in the reversed lens configuration?

There is a really detailed discussion on achieving microscope-magnification using a small focal length lens in reversed configuration. How to make a microscope with a DSLR camera? I wish to know ...
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Other than camera and lens, what gear do I need for macro photography for stock items?

I just bought a Sony A6000 with Sony SEL30M35 (E 30mm F3.5 Macro). I need to take close up photos of small items (5-20cm, and not reflective or shiny) for stock photos, so I'll be able to set up the ...
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Why doesn't the focus distance at which my lens has magnification 1 match the formula?

From the Magnification Wikipedia page, I have the following equality: M = di/do = f/(do – f) = (di – f)/f with M the magnification, f the focal length, do the distance from the subject to the lens,...
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How can I take macro-style images of butterflies with my superzoom camera?

I have a Nikon P900 that I use mostly for birds. I find the 2000mm equivalent wonderful. At the long end it will only focus from 5 meters to infinity. At the short end (24mm) it will focus very ...
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Does a macro lens have a smaller DOF in 'real-world' distances at the same focal length and aperture as other primes, why?

This question IS about: Does a macro lens have a shallower DOF at the same settings and focal length as another prime? If so, what in the optics is responsible for this? Using a Macro lens as a ...
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How to take a macro photo, but with the subject completely in focus [duplicate]

I love macro photography, it gives an insight in the small world around is. Unfortunately, I'm really not good at it. When I came across an artificial beehive, I took a chance to get into the bees and ...
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How can I shoot good quality macro photos with my fuji finepix S5200

I have a Fuji Finepix S5200 and I really want to shoot sharp macro photos. I've been playing with this setting for several years. My camera has other settings that I have not explored yet. It has a 'P'...
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Layman's guide to making distant things clearer - add on lenses/monoculars for mobile phones

I'm completely at sea with magnification, crop, zoom and telephoto, despite reading various info. I think it's because I'm not terribly scientific! All I would like to know is, if I am shooting ...
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How to improve photographs using nikor 105 mm macro lens?

I am learning to take macro images using Nikor 105 mm macro lens and D750 body. The below images were shot using the same gears. The spider and the fly are about an inch in length. I shot them in the ...
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Turning my DSLR camera & macro lens into a microscope for endodontic treatment

I am a dentist and I have Nikon D5300 camera and a 105 mm macro lens. I tried to use them as a microscope for my work in treating people teeth (to magnify inside tooth pulp canals by more than 25x to ...
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What does “magnification” mean?

When speaking about lenses, especially for macro-photography, I often hear about magnification. Sometimes it appears in the form of a ratio (1:1, 1:2), sometimes as a single number (0.5x). Sometimes ...
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Is crop or full frame sensor best for macro work

I have been asked to recomend a camera to another person and they mentioned that they would like to do macro photography. Assuming the same lens. Is it best to recomend a full frame or a crop sensor ...
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0.2 vs 0.24 which is best for macro [closed]

can you please tell me which magification on lens is best for macro 0.2 or 0.24