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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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How to adjust blur intense on sony a6000?

How to adjust the level of the background blur on macro shooting? On Sony a6000 with e30mm macro lens, I recall last time I used it there was a button which lead to adjusting the intense of the ...
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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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Does the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L work on the Canon 250D (SL3) camera?

I'm learning the basics of photography and I am wondering if the "Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L" will fit my Canon 250D (SL3) camera? I searched online but was unable to find anything clear. My main ...
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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 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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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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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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Is this lens suitable for photographing negatives? Micro Four Thirds camera

So I am developing some 135 film and hoping to be able to digitize the negatives. I am looking into scanners, though I know many photographers digitize negatives by photographing them with a DSLR or ...
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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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How to take pictures of ice crystals using Macro lens?

I am using AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens (mounted on Nikon D3400) to get some pictures of ice generated on a flat surface with controlled LED lighting . I am trying to take very close up shots 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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How can I tell whether or not a lens has focus breathing?

So recently I got a 90mm macro lens, installed a focus bracketing app onto my camera and let it run. Unfortunately, turned out that this lens has focus breathing which means the actual zoom level in ...
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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 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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Macro lens before or after wide-angle converter?

I would have thought this was easy to find an answer to but wasn't successful. I have a Raynox 6600 0.66x wide angle converter lens which has 58mm threads on the camera side and 72mm threads on the ...
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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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Is a stiff focus ring normal on a new AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G?

So I just got my Nikon D5600 with Nikon 40mm F2.8G macro lens a few days ago. This little lens here The problem is, my focus ring seems quite stiff. When I first tested it out in the store, the ...
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What are some tips for using a macro lens for non-macro photography?

I've seen this: Is a macro lens suitable for distant subjects - wildlife, sports, portraiture?, which says that macro lenses can be used for photography other than macro photography. But what are ...
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What is important for a macro photography lens for a mirrorless camera?

I want to buy a Sony A6000 and a lens for close up photography of small items. I've looked at photos taken with various lenses and 50mm 1.8f seem to give the kind of photo that I want. But they were ...
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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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Using closeup filter together with a macro lens

I am thinking about buying a 3 or 5 diopter closeup filter so as to add on the top of a macro lens. Would you do this or would you advise against it ? Do you think it's good to try, or it is not ...
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Which type of camera body and lenses should I look for to photograph still ticks?

I am intending to take pictures of ticks which should look like the one in this picture or even more detailed if possible. Taking into account that the ticks would be motionless, their size would ...
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Using macro lenses for portrait photography/videography IS

A while ago I was trying to find IS in prime lenses (I have one prime and one zoom, the zoom has IS, making it super awesome for video work and low light and the prime has f1.4 making it super awesome ...
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Do modern IF Macro lenses have true constant apertures?

From my basic understanding f/stop is the ratio between the aperture size and length of the lens. A majority of macro lenses feature an extending barrel. So naturally, a fully-extended f2.8 lens, ...
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Largest physical aperture lens that focuses to 0.5m

I have an application where I need as large a physical aperture as possible. By physical, I mean actual aperture in mm, not as an f-number. I also need this lens to focus to about 0.5m. I have the ...
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What's the technique to take pictures of sea life at the aquarium, while avoiding flash?

I was at the Monterey Bay aquarium, and their exhibits are awesome. However, I found it quite challenging to take pictures with my Olympus EM-10 Mark II. I happened to rent the 60mm macro, which ...
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What is a good Nikon F-mount lens for jewellery photography? [closed]

I am using a Nikon D5300. I am confused by the huge range of macro lenses available. I am looking for a good affordable lens for jewellery photography, preferably under $250 USD. I have searched for ...
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Will a Canon MP-E 65 provide more depth of field than a reversed lens?

I currently do macro photography using a Canon EF-S 18-55 kit lens, setting it to f16, and unscrewing it while hitting depth of field preview to close the aperture and reversing it. (See for example ...
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Macro photography of the human eye [duplicate]

I'm very interested in macrophotography and I'd like to take photos to the human eye. I have the Canon EOS 80D body and I'm also considering buying the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens. I'd ...
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Options for MACRO 1:1 with Built in Motor

I have a D5000 that does not have a built in motor. I am looking for a Macro 1:1 with auto focus as I am just starting in macro and feel that loosing auto focus make the lens less useful. I am ...
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Does the DSLR camera's body (Canon EOS700D and EOS 6D) makes difference in image quality, when using the Canon Macro 100mm f2.8L USM?

Does the DSLR camera's body (Canon EOS700D and EOS 6D) makes difference in image quality, when using the Canon Macro lens 100mm f2.8L USM for the jewelry photography?
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Suitable lens for macro photography with Nikon D90 [duplicate]

I own a Nikon D90 and use 18-105mm kit lens for my photography. I mostly shoot flowers and objects I can get close to. Some sample here: http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/8798926/ http://...
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What is the difference between a 100mm lens and 100mm macro lens? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a 100mm lens and 100mm macro lens? To the best of my understanding, the more mm your lens has, the bigger the zoom is. But some lenses are labeled 100m macro, others ...
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Why there are so few lenses with small minimum focus distance?

My superzoom compact camera Canon Powershot SX60 HS has advertised minimum (closest) focus distance of 0 cm, and many other compacts have this in a couple cm range. But for my micro four thirds ...
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Which DSLR macro setup to buy for scanning negatives?

First some background: I am a photographer who likes to use film negatives, and who mainly shoots 6x6 medium format (Hasselblad 500CM) and some occasional 35mm (Pentax KX). I own an Epson v550 ...
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Can I photograph flowers with macro lenses shorter than 70mm?

I have read (from photography e-articles) that macro lenses shorter than 70 mm give the photographer not so much working distance from its subject, because they block light sources. I am planning to ...
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How do I select a lens to photograph insects?

I would like to photograph small and scared critters, including their eyes and body-parts too. I am considering a Sigma 150mm f2.8 OS macro lens. I have read about working distance and minimum ...
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Tamron or Sigma 70-300mm for Nikon ?

I am looking to buy my first macro lens and I am between two: SIGMA 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 DG or Tamron 70-300mm F4/5.6 DI LD Macro (Nikon AF). Which one is better ?
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Can I use a 105mm macro lens as a tube lens in extreme macro photography?

I want to take my macro photography to the next level and would like to use the Nikon CFI Plan 10x microscope objective. I read that this objective has to be mounted on another lens also called the ...
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Does one get more detail beyond the minimum focus distance of a macro lens?

I've always wondered what happens when one get's closer than the minimum 1:1 distance of a macro lens. I am choosing between a lens with Internal focusing and the other with an extending barrel. The ...
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Macro lens: IF or Extending Barrel?

I'm an aspiring photographer of fish. So the implication is that, I have a segemented working distance: 1st Between me and the aquarium, that I can adjust 2nd The breadth of my aquarium The 2nd is ...
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200mm Macro lens, get a new or old MF-only lens?

Context The Sony E-Mount series only has two official macro lens, the 30mm for APS-C and 90mm for full frame. I'd like to get a macro lens to play with at 200mm but given how Sony doesn't have any I'...
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Taking Pictures of Chrome Objects Straight On

I'm attempting to take pictures of small lapel pins for a company that I work for, but I'm having a few issues. These lapel pins of chrome silver and gold finishes, so they reflect everything very, ...
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Would a dedicated 100mm macro lens give me better results than a 55-200mm + Raynox 250 magnifier?

I have taken this picture with the 55-200mm Pentax DAL lens with a Raynox 250 magnifier lens attached. At very close range, I lose focus on the whole image and find it vary hard to obtain the ...
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How can I know if a lens can handle a camera's resolution?

For a fashion photoshoot (it is just a fun group photoshoot but I like to take it seriously!) I am thinking about getting real close for some shots and to take pictures with maybe one eye with great ...
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General purpose lens with good macro capabilities searched (Canon mount)

Does anyone can give a recommendation for a general purpose lens with good macro capabilities / short minimum distance to the object for Canon mount? 3rd party manufacturers are welcome too. ...
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