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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
98 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
74 views

Extreme macro rig

I have read everywhere on the internet how close up filters, extension tubes, and teleconverters can enhance the macro capabilities of a given lens... but how would a crazy rig made of the three of ...
7
votes
5answers
1k views

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,...
1
vote
3answers
975 views

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, ...
0
votes
2answers
111 views

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. ...
2
votes
3answers
602 views

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 ...
8
votes
4answers
9k views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
95 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
133 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
108 views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
1k views

Variable focal length for macro lenses?

True macro lenses come in fixed focal length. Are there any macro lensens which have variable focal lengths? And please explain why yes or why not?
7
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I get more of this macro photo in focus?

I want to make a full focus on the body, for example: I need to have a clear focus on the each balls in the photo. I used just single point focus. In this picture I used: shutter speed: 8 aperture: ...
1
vote
0answers
54 views

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?
11
votes
4answers
16k views

How do zoom, magnification, and focal length relate?

Zoom lenses and cameras with superzooms are often sold with a times ("×") zoom number — like a 12x zoom or 30x zoom. The question How do I convert lens focal length (mm) to x-times optical zoom? ...
1
vote
0answers
69 views

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 ...
24
votes
2answers
9k views

What are the biggest differences between Reversal Rings, Extension Tubes and Macro Lenses?

As far as I understand all three options help you do macro photography but are their other reasons for having the three different items? I figured reversal rings and extension tubes were just for the ...
15
votes
3answers
885 views

Why does a reverse lens act like a macro lens?

When reverse mounting a lens, it can be used to shoot macro photography, even though the only thing that has changed is the mounting direction. Why does this occur? An 'add-on' to the question that ...
1
vote
2answers
168 views

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?
4
votes
4answers
529 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
100 views

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?
17
votes
11answers
40k views

Which prime lens for Pentax APS-C?

My girlfriend is buying a Pentax K-5 (I already have a Pentax DSLR so we thought it made sense for us to be able to share lenses), and she's not sure about which lens to get with it, so I've been ...
7
votes
1answer
194 views

Is a fixed length macro lens better at some tasks than a non-macro lens of the same focal length?

I'm considering getting a 35mm prime lens to augment my current lenses. I'm not looking for a zoom. I can get an f2.8 macro, now, or special order an f2 non-macro lens. Both are roughly the same ...
8
votes
3answers
5k views

What extension tube options are there for the Pentax system?

From the reading I have done on extension tubes, I understand that some are just 'dumb' tubes while others have electronics that may allow for metering and autofocus to still work. Further, from this ...
9
votes
3answers
903 views

Why is the Canon MP-E 65mm F/2.8 Macro Lens not called a zoom?

The Canon MP-E 65mm works differently than my other macro lenses. Compare: With a standard 35mm macro, I can frame first and then adjust focus which only changes framing very slightly with. With the ...
4
votes
3answers
179 views

What differences can be expected when using enlarging lenses for general or macro photography?

Enlarging lenses seem to be available for very little cost. What differences can be expected when using enlarger lenses for general or macro photography? When might one prefer to use an enlarging ...
0
votes
3answers
215 views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

What are the constructional differences between a macro and a regular lens?

I understand that to reduce minimum focusing distances, macro lens design must focus on maintaining certain distances between the lens and the sensor. However, is the placement of the lens and its ...
1
vote
1answer
390 views

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 ...
14
votes
8answers
7k views

Macro photography with an ultra-wide lens and extension tubes?

While reading some reviews of Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, I was a bit surprised to notice that the lens is supposed to be compatible with 12mm and 25mm extension tubes, and with those one should ...
3
votes
4answers
3k views

Can screw-on macro lenses produce decent results?

I was browsing Amazon looking at a few items and came across this: 4-piece Close-Up Macro Lens Kit - Included are +1, +2, +4 and +10 Close- Up Lenses. High-Quality lenses are diopters for close ...
2
votes
2answers
166 views

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?
5
votes
4answers
2k views

Why we can't use telephoto lens for macro objects?

As I know the focal length of macro and tele lenses are the same, which is around 200mm. Now I wonder, why we can not use tele lens for macro photography? P.S: Both macro and tele lenses have a focal ...
33
votes
4answers
21k views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
212 views

Thoughts on using Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM for Macro photography

Is the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM a good lens to be used for Macro photography? I mostly try to photograph flowers and also insects sometimes. I will be using it with a Canon EOS 800D and ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Canon EOS 800D vs 80D | Which one is better for macro photography?

I am looking to buy a new camera body primarily for Macro photography. I am currently shooting on a 2008 spec Canon EOS 450D, but want to upgrade. I have a budget of AUD$1000 and am looking at either ...
22
votes
1answer
1k views

What is a focusing rail?

In What are the best practices for DOF stacking? I noticed a mention of a "focusing rail". I've never heard of such device. What is it, and in what circumstances is it useful?
10
votes
12answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
255 views

What is the best setup to take skulls / bones pictures?

I need to take pictures of bones (about 40cm) for my study in anthropology but I have too much shadows under the bones, what is for you the best way to take this kind of pictures? I have a DSLR ...
2
votes
2answers
70 views

Focussing 100mm Auto Bellows Minolta lens on Bellows I with slide duplicator

I have a Minolta Auto Bellows 100mm lens (no focussing functionality, just aperture), that I am trying to use to duplicate slides with a A7R III and Minolta bellows I, focussing rail and slide ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

Why doesn't the EF-S to EF-M converter act as an extension tube? [duplicate]

By adding an extension between the camera and the lens, in this case a converter so I can use EF lenses on my Canon M50, you would think any lens would focus closer but it doesn't. Why is that? :/
1
vote
2answers
118 views

How can the focal length for shake reduction be determined when the lens is mounted using a reverse lens adapter?

My camera (Sony A7RII) offers image stabilisation (SteadyShoot). I shoot macros using a 50mm and a 28mm Olympus lens reverse mounted with anadapter. What values should I enter in the menu to ...
1
vote
2answers
451 views

Nikon 105mm f/2.8D or Nikon AF S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

My lens broke down so I am in a market for a new one. Ideally I would love to purchase one lens for both macro (I photograph jewelry) and portraits (I am an amateur striving for a creamy bokeh). I ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Macro button on Nikon L830 does not work

I am fully aware of how to use the macro setting on my CoolPix L830. The button to turn it on does not work at all. Every other function on the camera works. I tried resetting to factory defaults and ...
11
votes
6answers
670 views

Low-key photo suggestions for fish?

I would like to ask for some inputs on how I can achieve similar low-key results for a fish: Current setup: Small aquarium 30 x 15 x 15 cms (LBH) The sides and the back of the aquarium are covered ...
6
votes
4answers
197 views

Why does this thin plate disappear when changing focus

I am photographing a very thin plate (0.01" thick) that is partially submerged in a tank of water. My goal is to find the angle that the water surface makes with plate. When I focus on the front edge ...
1
vote
1answer
308 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
268 views

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-...
2
votes
2answers
188 views

What focal length for macro shots of small animals behind glass?

I'm heading to the San Diego Zoo next week and will be bringing a Canon 80D and the new Canon 70-200mm F4 IS II. For macro shots such as animals behind glass, such as snakes and bugs, would you ...
2
votes
3answers
149 views

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 ...