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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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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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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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. lense sizes are 49mm, 62mm and 55mm. I did think Id just use the 50 and 75-300, but my ...
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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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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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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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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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Can a fast prime lens simulate a macro lens for food photography?

I read in this thread that macro lenses are considered good for food photography. AFAIK, macro lenses are also used to photograph insects. The lens makes them look giant, and shows up all their ...
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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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Should I use a 100mm Macro lens as a portrait lens?

I am specifically considering using the Canon 100mm Macro as a portrait lens. If I want to have a macro in my bag, but not carry around a 70-200 2.8 due to weight, size, white color, or price if it ...
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What macro techniques offer an alternative to expensive optics?

I was wondering what are the alternative macro techniques people use instead of buying expensive macro optics. I know about single lens reverse macro technique; what other alternative techniques allow ...
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Why is the Rule of Thirds rarely followed in macro?

I've never (or rarely at least) seen a macro photo which follows the rule of thirds. Is it hard to compose macro photographs using the rule of thirds?
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How do I reduce noise, given that I have complete control over everything else?

I want to take some pictures of some crystals. Being crystals, they don't move around much so I can set up my camera and lighting as I like. I have a high-powered halogen light shining on them, and ...
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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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What equipment would be best for a new photographer, interested in macro nature photography?

I recently started a photography class and I really like it, and I want to start taking photos outside of school with my own camera but I don’t know what to get. I love taking close up pictures of ...
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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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What methods do macro photographers use to get so close to butterflies, bees, insects and the like?

I have seen some super macro photos of things like butterflies and bees that left me wondering how the photographer is able to get so close to the subject long enough to take a photo. Most of the ...
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Will manual focus be available when reverse mounting a lens?

If I reverse mount a Canon 50mm F1.4 prime lens on Canon Rebel T3i/600d can I still use manual focus for macro?
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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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Why is my reversal ring not working with the lens's aperture? [duplicate]

Recently I bought a reversal ring for my Canon 700D, to take macro photography. I reversed an 18-55mm kit lens. When I tried to take photos, the aperture went to f00. What can I do to set the aperture?...
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Why is the Tamron 90mm 2.8 marketed as Macro and not as a “portrait” lens?

My question is if a lens like a Tamron 90mm 2.8 could be used also for portrait. If not, why ? What are the difference between a specific portrait lens (like any 85mm 1.4) and a 90mm 2.8 ? Only 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 doesn't the focus distance at which my lens has magnification 1 match the formula?

From the Magnification Wikipedia page, I have the following equality: M = di/do = f/(do – f) = (di – f)/f with M the magnification, f the focal length, do the distance from the subject to the lens,...
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What is the relationship between focal length and minimum focus distance?

If I know the focal length of a lens, how can I know the minimum focus distance? I know there is mark in the lens, but if I don't have the lens how can I know the MFD? I have checked several webpage, ...
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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 useful is image stabilization in a macro lens?

When looking at the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM and the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM the biggest differentiation is the included image stabilization(also the MTF chart, and "L" designation). How useful ...
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Macro Photography - Monopod or Tripod?

I recently got a new macro lens and after a couple of outings I noticed it would be very beneficial to use monopod or a tripod (or some kind of support). I would prefer a monopod because it seems ...

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