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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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 lense 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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Canon 100mm f/2.8L with raynox 250 diopter or canon 65mm mp-e?

I am having trouble deciding between these two lenses for insect photography. Please help me decide! Edit: I’ll be taking pictures of live insects using a flash with a soft light diffuser. I probably ...
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Olloclip Macro 21x lens for iPhone able to shoot objects far away?

Can Olloclip Macro 21x lens for iPhone be used for shooting objects far away? (note: amateur in photography and lenses seeking help from experts)
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Can I get good macro-photos with sigma 50mm 1.4 using extension tubes?

I'm interested in trying macro photography, but I don't want to invest into Macro-objectives yet. Can I get satisfying results using Kenko extension tubes in combination with a Sigma 50mm art 1.4? ...
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Olympus OMD EM 5 mark I: camera froze while focusing during macro shot. Wont switch on anymore

I have an old Olympus OMD EM5 5 Mark I that is in perfect condition. I use it to practise my photography and also to look cool. I was attempting to take a macro shot; with the target object a bit too ...
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What affects DOF more…distance to subject or focal length?

Say I want shoot a butterfly. My goal is to make sure the butterfly fills the frame. I can do this in two ways...I can use zoom or I can simply move the camera closer to the subject. Which will ...
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How to capture the texture of 8 mm semi precious stone bead?

What method would you recommend me to use if I wanted to reconstruct in 3d semi precious beads ? Amethist, aghates, aquamarine ect with highly accurate results ? How am I suppose to get the texture ...
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Macro - extension tubes vs reversal - how to choose?

I do a fair bit of macro photography, indoors with good lighting, using either a focus rail or manual focus pull to image-stack. I've always considered that using extension tubes for this gives me ...
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How do I control aperture with lens reversal for macro? [duplicate]

I bought a lens reversal ring to try macro photography on my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. But when I tried it, I couldn't control the aperture as my lens doesn't have manual aperture control. I attached the ...
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Which side of a lens-mount adapter to attach an extension tube?

I have an EF to Canon EOS-M adapter. Now I would also like to buy an extension tube to be able to focus closer. I know that this way I'm loosing a lot of light already, but let's not talk about it. ...
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Macro Extension Tube Sizes [duplicate]

I've been researching extension tubes for macro photography and I can't quite get a handle on how the length of the extension tube, combined with the actual lens (say the standard 18mm-55mm) will work....
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Which kinds of tripod heads are suitable for panoramic photography?

I'm looking to buy a tripod, but unsure which heads fit my usecase and my budget of about €250. Specifically, the usecase split between panoramic, 'regular travel' and macro photography, with ...
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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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