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Questions tagged [macro-lenses]

Pertains to questions about lenses that are designed for macro photography.

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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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Does anyone know where to get cheap macro lenses [closed]

i was wondering if anyone knows where to get decent macro lenses cheap, for a Canon EF-S body. If you can help, please do.
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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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What Nikon lenses are recommended for everyday photos and some macro? [closed]

I'm about to buy a Nikon D5300, and I want to buy 2 objectives. My interest are primarily social photo and some macro, not really interested on telephoto at all. The budget is kind of limited. Right ...
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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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how do I get closer than 1:1 macro with my Nikon D7000 and 105mm macro lens w/ external flashes? extension tubes or reversal ring?

I have a Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 105mm macro lens along with 2 external flashes (SBR200). I use all of this to do 1:1 macro photography. I would like to do some even more magnified photography, 2:1 ...
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Can the Canon MP-E 65mm lens be used with a Canon Rebel T3?

Can the Canon MP-E 65mm lens be used with a Canon T3? Is an adapter needed? Is there another lens which might offer the equivalent Macro capabilities?
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What difference is there between the 50mm in a zoom lens, a 50mm prime lens, and a 50mm macro?

I would like to know the differences between: 50mm prime lens 50mm in a zoom lens 50mm macro lens
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How to get rid of halo effect when focus stacking with helicon focus?

I've a Nikon D810 and am using the nikor 105mm f2.8 macro lens. I'm also using helicon focus to focus stack images. Unfortunately the resulting picture has a halo effect on some the boundaries of ...
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What are the pros and cons of using macro rail vs lens focus?

I am interested in doing focus stacking for macro shots and from what I understand there are two techniques for doing this. One is to use a macro rail that adjusts the length to the subject (e.g ...
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Can I take macro photo with a mirrorless camera as easily as with a compact camera (even without a macro lens)?

I wish to change my Canon G15 camera for an M2 or M3 (when available) mirrorless one. With G15 it is rather easy to shoot macro photos — this is included in the features of the camera and lens. Will ...
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Does focal length matter for a macro lense when use for close-up photos [duplicate]

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens is a true macro lens with 1:1 capability. Is the 100mm property relevant when taking close-up photos where the object takes up 1:1 on the sensor, since I ...
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Why isn't the size of an object in macro image exactly proportional to the ratio of the focal length and distance in front of that?

Using a Canon 550D with a EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens, I can make a 1:1 macro photo at shortest film plane to subject distance of 310 mm, thus getting 22 mm of a scale on the APS-C sensor, which is ...
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How do add on macro smartphone lenses allow you to take macro photos?

It may sound obvious, but how exactly does an add on macro lens allow you to take close up photos? Can someone give technical reasons? I'd like to know the physics behind add on macro lenses and how ...
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Can smartphone applications allow you to take macro photos? [duplicate]

Are there any smartphone applications that will allow you to take macro photos? If not, why aren't there?
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Why do I need an add-on lens to take smartphone macro photos?

Why do you need an external macro lens for a smartphone to take macro photos. Why can't the smartphone lens itself take macro photos?
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Can a lens be a zoom lens and a macro lens at the same time?

I am planning to buy an entry level SLR camera, mainly for use capturing macro and portrait photos. However, I'm a bit confused by this lens which is described as "Tamron AF 70 - 300 mm F/4-5.6 Di LD ...
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How do I do macro photography with a Tamron 18-270 VC macro lens?

I have just bought this lens for my Canon EOS 700D camera. How do I activate the macro facility on this lens?
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Why isn't the aperture visibly changing on my lens when it appears like it is changing on my camera?

I own a Nikon d5300 camera and I recently purchased a Nikon 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Micro-Nikkor lens for close-up photography. When I was testing it out today, I was shooting at f22, and my shots looked ...
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Is there a way to overcome focus breathing in deep macro focus stacking?

Following this question I just got a Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro lens to study macro focus stacking. As seen in my attempt to reproduce a 6" depth it seems to work in practice. However then I went ...