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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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120mm with 35cm minimum focus distance for Macro? [closed]

Is 120mm focal length with 35cm minimum focus distance good/close enough for macro insect photography?
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Close up photos obscure the outside edges of vertical objects in the scene. How can I fix this? [duplicate]

I'm shooting laboratory photos of small (60mm) sized objects. It is essential for me to use the entire camera sensor to achieve adequate spatial resolution, so I am putting the camera as close as ...
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What camera and lens can achieve such subject magnification?

I'm still new to the subject and I'm confused by all the offerings on the market. I'm trying to understand if you need expensive equipment to shoot good quality video and stills with such ...
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Calculating lens distances with a magnifying lens [duplicate]

I have a Nikon 4T close up lens to attach to a Nikon 120mm large format macro lens. The 4T is 2.9 diopter / magnification factor 0.11. The usual equation is $${1\over \text{focal length}} = {1\over \...
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Why set lens initially to infinity when doing macro?

Michael C, as well as others, have said when using extension tubes to set your focus ring to infinity (and leave it there), then focus on the subject by moving only the camera (or subject), not the ...
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Do Full Frame cameras have significant advantage over APS-C ones in macro photography?

In this video on 35:52 the author compares two photos made with an APS-C and a Full Frame cameras: https://youtu.be/LMKmCZ6Gktk?t=2152 The difference is overwhelming. I'm evaluating switching to Full ...
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Best options for tilt shift macrophotography

I'm considering few options to do macrophotography with tilt shift possibilities. I'll have a Canon R5C or R3 camera and either: Canon EF 50 and 90 TSE with EF-R adapter and Novoflex R bellow without ...
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What kind of lens, film holder and light should I use to digitize a great many B&W negatives?

I wish to digitize a great number of B&W negatives. I have an older scanner (Epson V600) that works well with VueScan software and has film strip holders but is quite slow. Additionally, many of ...
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Pre microscope lens or Extension tubes , any difference

I am currently using a 200mm F4 lens before my 5x microscope at the end, is this any different than using extension tubes instead of the 200mm lens to eliminate dust ?
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Clarifications about the Reproduction Ratio Formula

The reproduction ratio formula is: ...
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Keep subject size constant when focus stacking with a rail

I'm just starting to experiment with focus stacking using a rail to adjust the camera to subject distance but in my very first test setup I encountered something that made me go D'oh and now I'm not ...
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Are mirrors viable as replacement for light sources?

I'm thinking about making a macro photo setup with many light sources (up to 10). It's not viable to buy 10 flashes, even cheap ones. It's more viable to buy 10 cheap lights, but it would lead to such ...
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What kind of flash should I use for general macro photography?

I want to get started into general macro photography. I have been really stuck on which kind of flash to get because they all seem to come with their own share of pros and cons, and everyone ...
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using smartphone on copy stand

A bit of math: what should the DIY copy stand height, to focus the smartphone camera on the flat A5-size object, that the object is photographed at 1:1 magnification? Smartphone camera - in the ...
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looking for old/used WIDE-ANGLE lenses with macro feature compatible with Nikon F mount

I want to take some "macro-like" photographs using a wide angle. I don't need to reach 1:1 reproduction ratio, but something close to 1:2, less than 1:4 is preferred. Most of the wide angle ...
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Are there any alternatives to the look of the Laowa probe lens?

What I really like about macro photography is that it can be really affordable. Great images can be made with rather low budget gear. Most of the time I use a cheap 90mm macro lens for my images but I ...
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GIMP: How to apply the same processing to multiple photos

In Photoshop, the same sequence of processing on layers of each image in a batch can be applied to those multiple images by using File > Automate > Batch > Action then select the group of ...
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How can I use Qioptiq Mag.x LD Plan Apo 5x / 0.20 objective with Canon EF full frame or Lumix 5?

I would like to make macrophotography with a Qioptiq Mag.x LD Plan Apo 5x / 0.20 objective and a Canon EF full frame or Lumix GH5. Is it possible? How?
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Why can macro lens achieve much higher magnification with similar minimum focusing distance?

It is commonly known that macro lens are capable of focusing very close to the subject, but recently some other lens can also focus comparably close to some macro lenses, but with much lower ...
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How to see/frame macro subject before the flash triggers?

I am dabbling with macro photography using the 7artisans 60mm and Fuji X-T20 and struggling to both properly light my subject and manually focus. In scenarios where you need to use flash for a shot ...
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How to determine via a math formula when a lens is wide angle or macro

Lets say I have a device with 3 separate lenses. One will be the main reference lens, and then the two others may be a wide angle lens or a macro lens, or also even a replica of the main reference ...
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What kind of lens is required for macro jewelry photography to get everything in focus?

I'd like to know if anybody has any tips regarding the lens I should use to get this kind of image. I'm planning on shooting product pictures of jewelry. I know that usually the go-to lens is macro, ...
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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

What are the best techniques to improve the details of my insects macro shots ? I don't want to kill them, and ideally, would like to use some focus stacking. I shoot handheld (with a Laowa 2X), with ...
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Technique for extreme depth of field in macro photography

Over thirty years ago I remember reading an article in a photography magazine which demonstrated a technique for getting extreme depth of field in a macro shot. The results which made such an ...
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What kind of lighting gear should I consider for macro shooting?

Next week I will receive a Canon EOS 6D Mark II. It's my first camera. I have also bought the Canon EF 100 f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. I am very interested in doing macro photography. My question is ...
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Affordable camera for a macro photography

Which cheap camera fits better for taking a macro photos of static objects: PCB boards, electronic chips, various small hardware? Basically, the camera will be fixed on a copy stand. I'm considering ...
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Is DOF in macro dependent on lens setup?

I know that the closer the distance to your subject is, the smaller the DOF is. This is true for macro lenses, diopters, extension tubes, reverse lenses etc. But suppose I have a magnification of 1:1, ...
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What specifications does a macro lens need for a Thermal Seek CompactPro?

I'm getting into repairing electronics and would like to be able to look closer at failing components. The Zink Selenide lenses, that are being sold, are insanely overpriced. I can't find the focal ...
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Picture looking sharp in Live View mode, then losing sharpness after picture has being taken

Since recently I am experiencing an issue with the sharpness of my images. I am using canon 70D with a macro lens for shooting jewellery and I need to have a very clear picture to capture the ...
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Why can I not shoot as sharp as I see on live preview?

I am trying to photograph a piece of jewelry. I have a Canon EO 90D camera with EFS 18-135 lens. I am using a lightbox and a tripod with plenty of light. I zoom to 106mm. I manual focus to get a super ...
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Best way to let people know you aren't dead, just taking pictures?

First of all, sorry if this question is off-topic - I have looked at the help section and I believe this falls into the "techniques and best practices" category, and similar questions have ...
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Is there a way to use an Android Mobile as a focusing screen for Nikon D800?

I want to use Android Mobile as a focusing screen. It is very difficult to focus as I am macro photographer. Please suggest some ideas, solutions, or tips..? I own a Nikon D800 and all lenses and ...
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How to properly focus using a Macro reverse ring?

Fourth question from me about this topic. I'm trying to digitize a large number of family slide films with a modified slide projector by taking photos of the slides (I replaced the original yellow ...
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What are considerations when choosing between flash and LED lighting for macro?

I'd like to build a DIY macro-studio at home for shooting flowers and other objects. I'd like to have an option to shoot with multiple light sources - at least 4. My other priorities are low cost and ...
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I want to take image of a dried droplet 12 mm x12 mm

How do I take the image of a 12 mm x 12 mm area without using expensive lenses and camera? I read a lot on using combination of lenses to get images but was unable to understand properly how it works. ...
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What equipment do I need to take photomicrography pictures?

Just saw many amazing micro(macro?) pictures like this 9x magnification of nylon stockings on the Nikon Small World website. I wonder what equipment do I need (from scratch) in order to take those ...
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Macro photo that I cannot repeat

I have an iPhone SE 2 with pretty standard 12MP camera and as I was sitting on our porch and browsing the web I randomly enabled the main camera and took a shot of my sweatpants fabric (no joke here): ...
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Can I use a combination of extension tubes + 50mm prime + raynox dcr 250, for a high magnification macro setup?

I understand that raynox dcr 250 works mostly on telephoto end of lenses like 100mm. But can I add a set of extension tubes to the 50mm and attach the dcr250 on the front for a better magnification? ...
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How to light up when using 1:1 macro lens?

With my macro lens I can go so close that even ring flash doesn't really work, how can you light up your subject especially if it's small?
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Difference between photo mode vs video mode on iPhone

I take 2 images with the same position. Photo mode: Video mode with the flash is on: Why the image that I get from the video frame is more narrow and not blur than photo mode? And can I take the ...
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How can I achieve 1:1 ratio for macro on my phone with 12 MP camera?

I have been using two lenses of 15× from different brands, to obtain a 30× magnification , but Still for smaller insects I am unable to capture all the details in macro. Is it possible to achieve 1:1 ...
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Which equipment is suitable for close-up photos of electronic circuits?

I want to start a YouTube channel to explain electronics and circuits, ideally with quality like in this video. I've watched over 50 videos on YouTube and tried to understand their setups, but haven't ...
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Focussing with Extension Tubes

I bought a set of extension Tubes to use with my Nikon D5300 and 35mm f/1.8 lens. However, it seems that the only option to focus is to change the distance to the subject. This is very inaccurate and ...
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Is it possible to do macro photography using canon EOS M100? [duplicate]

Can any lens be used along with an adapter to shoot macro using Canon EOS M100 ? Please guide me regarding this.
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Trinocular mount for Sony Alpha cameras

I would be interested about mounting my Sony A7r3 to an Amscope microscope. I don't have a microscope yet, but I would be interested about a trinocular one. I could not find any mounts to allow my ...
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How to take macro shots with extreme magnification?

My current setup for macro shots is a 85mm prime on a fullframe body with 3 extension tubes (about 70mm in total). I do get pretty close but I saw some images of insects that have an EXTREME ...
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macro photography with rings and reverse lens

For macro photos I try to use extension rings or reverse lens with my Panasonic gx9 camera. I have a 12-60 lens. When I try with either method to take a photo I succeed to get focus only when I use ...
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Reverse macro with 2 lenses

I'm wanting to shoot macro using 2 lenses as described various places. My lenses are a 50mm, 30mm and a 75-300mm. Lens sizes are 49mm, 62mm and 55mm. I did think Id just use the 50 and 75-300, but my ...
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Optically reduce chromatic aberration - is it worth trying?

I have been using this Tamron SP 180mm 1:1 Macro - F/32 lens to digitize 35mm slides. Unfortunately, the lens' chromatic aberration is quite noticeable, when used at 1:1. I have plenty of strobe light ...
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Will a Nikon D810 give me more fine detail than a D610 for macro enlarged shots?

I do a lot of photography that focuses on tiny details usually with marine animals such as coral. I am in need of a camera that produces a photo, that even when enlarged from a macro point, it retains ...
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