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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Do short focal length macro lenses have wider field of view at the same magnification?

I am considering moving to a shorter macro lens for it's better optics- Nikkor 40mm micro. I currently own a 70mm Macro lens. At the same magnification(eg 1:3), does the 40mm grant a greater field of ...
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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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Can my Nikkor 35mm f1.8 be used as a macro lens, with reversing ring?

Can the Nikkor 35mm 1.8G be used as a macro lens, if I use it with a reversing ring ?
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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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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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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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Limit focus range of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330

My Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 has a button on side of the lens that only focuses on close objects for macro photography, or focuses on more distant objects for non-macro photography. Is it possible to ...
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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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Differences between the PB-4 and PB-6 bellows for my Nikon camera?

I'm looking into used PB-4 or PB-6 bellows for my Nikon system that I use to do amateur botanical shots. Currently I use a couple of macro lenses and some extenders. The price of each bellows is ...
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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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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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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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How to make macro photography when the subject is placed in shallow water?

Any tips how to make this kind of photos? I am investigating mussels and photographing them live in small dish of water. This is one of my successes. Generally, I have reflection from water surface. I ...
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How can I calculate the effect of a supplementary close-up lens (a.k.a macro filter)?

If I have a +1, +2, +4, or +10 close-up lens which attaches to the front of my regular lens, how can I calculate its effect on close focusing distance, figure out how much magnification I can get from ...
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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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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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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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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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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 is a macro lens?

I've read a few threads on here that mention some elementary descriptions of macro lenses and found some marketing fluff in the box for my Canon about them as well, but being a complete novice I was ...
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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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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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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 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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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 Flash a Must-Have For Macro Photography?

I want to start into macro photography this year so I've chose the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens to start with (I still haven't bought it since I'll do it next week, which I'll be in the US),...
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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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How can I calculate what the effect of an extension tube will be?

There must be a mathematical description of the difference that an extension tube makes to a lens -- is it something that can be easily described? (For example, with teleconverters you can say things ...
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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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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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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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How to do focus stacking with Sony A7?

It seems that software like helicon remote or EOS utility which allow you to pick focus points remotely make focus stacking so much easier. I couldn't find anything like that with Sony A7. Even's ...
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What software is available for macro focus stacking?

What software is available and widely used for macro focus stacking? In other areas photoshop, lightroom, aperture, etc are kind of industry standard options. Is there such a thing for focus ...
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Which scenarios are better shot with a prime lens versus zoom lens or macro lens?

What scenarios are better shot with a prime lens? A zoom lens? A macro lens?
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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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Is it possible to turn a Nikon 18-200mm lens to a macro lens?

I was wondering if I could turn my Nikon 18-200mm lens into a Macro zoom lens by adding either a teleconverter or a macro-converter?
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What type of flash/diffuser was used in this picture?

What type of flash/diffuser was used in this picture ? I am amazed of the by level of diffused light. I am sure there is a lot of post processing but i believe the lighting is the most important ...

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