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 do I need for reversed-lens macro photography with an entry-level Nikon DSLR?

I am totally new in the photography field and I need an expert help. I need to take very close-up pictures at school lab (counting the hairs on ant's head, I know its strange) for insect and ants ...
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Where can I find a tiny, clamp-on, battery-powered LED light for taking high magnification macro shots in the field?

None of the standard clamp lights work for this purpose as they are all better suited for reading books in bed, or barbecuing at night. If I want to photograph very small subjects at close range, with ...
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What does it mean when macro focus range and normal focus range are equal?

For an example, G3X's normal FR and macro FR are the same according to DPReview. So, what happens when shooting? Also what does it mean a camera's (FZ2000) normal FR is 30cm? (that means it can ...
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What techniques can I use to take “macro” photographs with a regular telephoto lens and no adapter?

I have a telephoto lens which is not marketed as a macro lens. Right now, I have no budget to buy anything else. Can I use this to take close-up photographs even if they're not "true macro"?
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How should I use close up filters?

I asked one question about macro adapters and one tells me about close up filters and I don't get it. He tells "+1 = 1000mm, +2 = 500mm, +3 = 333mm,..." and when he tells me about how to use them, I ...
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What are these two devices both called “macro adapters”?

I came upon a video and in it there was this what he calls a macro adapter: Raynox DCR-250. And then I searched google 'macro adapter' and saw this video and images of the same device in the first ...
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Best for Macro RX10 ii or FZ1000 - [duplicate]

I cannot carry heavy lens and camera so need to buy bridge type - like Macro photography - trying to decide between Sony RX10 II and Panasonic FZ1000. Cannot find information on which would be best ...
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Can the tilt-shift effect be reversed by a light field camera?

Tilt shift photography makes a real life scene a miniature scene that looks like it is made up with toys, and it is achieved by narrowing the DoF. And, a light field camera captures a scene as ...
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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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Can I control the aperture of my lens off the camera body?

I'd like to try my micro 4/3, 25mm f1.4 Leica lens in the reverse direction for macro photographs. When it's off the body the aperture appears to be wide open. Ideally I'd like to stop it down to say ...
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Could holding my camera lenses backwards (“free-lensing”) for macro photography cause damage?

Recently, I have been experimenting with some macro photography by flipping my camera lenses backwards and then taking pictures ("free-lensing, not using a reversing adapter"). Since this is a non-...
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What equipment is useful for photographing insects/arachnids?

Recently I picked up a super cheap set of extension tubes for my camera and I've been getting into macro photography, especially that of my fine arachnid friends. However, unless I'm just taking ...
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Macro with crop body

Let suppose I have full-frame body and macro lens with magnification 1:1. And I switch to crop body with the same lens. My understanding is because the projection of the lens will be the same, but ...
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canon EOS 70D with 18-200 mm Lens for macro photography

I am a novice in photography and am interested in taking photos of natural scenes as well as physical phenomena (such as turbulence evaporation, ice crystallization and the like). considering my ...
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Live view underexposed at close focus with Canon 100mm f2.8L Macro

I'm using a Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM on a Canon 600D (T3i) with firmware version 1.0.2. Background When using live view, the camera's exposure simulation seems to automatically account for ...
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Tricks to maintain constant range in macro photography panoramas

One of my biggest challenges is maintaining a constant range to the subject when taking a macro panorama. This comes up, for example, when photographing tree stumps for dendrochronology. There is a ...
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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 can't I take close-up and night time pictures with my Nikon D3300? [duplicate]

I'm learning how to properly use my new Nikon D3300, but there's two things that I don't quite understand. First: Whenever I try to take close up pictures (of an eye, for example), the photo won't ...
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How can I make a DIY macro lens for a smartphone?

I'm a new photographer. I like macro photography so much, but I can't buy a DSLR right now. So I'm doing photography using my smart phone. I bought a macro lens for smart phones from eBay but its ...
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Do some Olympus bodies compensate for effective macro aperture differently than others?

UPDATE: In the process of attempting some objective comparison between images from my camera and those helpfully submitted, I found that the exposure relationship between RAW and embedded preview isn'...
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Will a telephoto lens give me better macro results with extension tubes than a 18-55mm kit lens?

I use macro extensions on a daily basis on my 18-55mm standard Canon lens. I tend to take a lot of macro shots, and was wondering whether a telephoto, for example, wouldn't be a better suited lens to ...
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Do I need a macro lens to do macro shots with a bellows unit?

I have a Nikon bellows unit and would like to pair it up with a 50mm adapted lens. Do I need to acquire a macro lens or will a standard lens work? Is a 50mm okay. I just would like to do macro. The ...
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How to improve macro photo sharpness? [duplicate]

I was playing with an old point and shoot camera and I made this close-up photo of a pepper: I took many photos and it seems I can’t get a sharp image across the whole object. Can I make this better ...
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How can I do macro photography with canon 700d kit lens? [duplicate]

I bought my canon 700D a month ago. Now, I want to do some macro photography, but I do not want to purchase any expensive lens for this at least at this stage. I came to know about some accessories ...
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Why does my focus stack result in a blotchy background?

I've recently taken up photography with using a Canon 50D and thought I'd try some macro photography of flowers. Having researched the subject and read about focus stacking to increase the depth of ...
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Macro on a point and shoot

Just wondering are there any point and shoots that can take 1:1 true macro ? Is their performance anywhere comparable to dslrs ? Pls give me some examples.
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Macro photography with a ring flash

Being relatively new to photography I want to try some macro photography of flowers in my garden. I've bought a set of macro extension tubes and a ring flash (both unbranded and cheap to start with). ...
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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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How to shoot a flower sharp in a light breeze?

I want: Blurred background. Sharp flower with some point in focus. I have: Macro lens 60 mm on a tripod. No flash. Situation: Gentle breeze blowing constantly in a garden. Timing is not a ...
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I'm trying to record a water droplet on a glass slide from the side and underneath angles simultaneously. How can this be achieved?

I'm trying to record water droplet impacts with a high speed camera. I would like to record the impact from the side and below (through the glass slide that the droplet hits). Due to lab constraints, ...
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Focusing mode for macro photography

New to macro photography. Shooting Nikon D5000 with 60 mm macro lens. In manual (or any P, A, S) what focusing mode should I use; i.e. Matrix, Spot or what? Are these "live" in Manual mode? I ...
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Different colors of light are disrupting my focus. What lens feature minimizes this?

I took this photo with a Canon 50mm compact macro lens & Canon "life size converter", and it looked somewhat fuzzy. After separating out the RGB channels, it seems evident that the different ...
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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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What is the Nikon D3200's diffraction limit?

I'm new to the world of macro so do bear with me! I shoot pictures of fish through aquariums, so normally this means the lens is always perpendicular to the glass surface to avoid blurring. However ...
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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 ...
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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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tokina at-x pro 100mm f/2.8 macro for Nikon - aperture automatically changes while in manual mode

The max aperture on my Tokina 100mm at-x pro is f/2.8 but when I focus on anything closer than around 9 feet, the aperture automatically starts to close down and get progressively smaller (higher f-...
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What are all the types of lenses? [closed]

I see different types of lens in the market like prime, zoom, telephoto and macro. I'm not sure how many such types really exists and the functions/features of each. Can someone share an explanation ...
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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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Focus-assist light that arthropods will be least alarmed by?

I've been trying to take pictures of spiders and insects at night, with a working distance of 8-10cm, with the actual photo being lit by flash. In order to (manually) focus, I have a single "warm ...
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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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How to improve these macro shots

I recently bought a shiny new dSLR, mainly because my old camera was annoying me so much! Needless to say, the new camera is a massive stride forward in image quality. In particular, my old camera ...
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Chromatic aberration or lighting problem?

Over the weekend I went over to a photography shop, and they let me bolt various lenses to my SLR, including some seriously expensive ones. I took a few pictures, and was impressed. But when I got ...
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What “Reverse Ring” specs (size..etc) for my Canon 600d for Macro Photography?

I have these three lenses, and I wonder which one of them is the best to be used with "reverse ring" for Macro Photography? Camera: Canon EoS 600d Lenses: 18-55mm, 50mm, 50-250mm
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Why my shot in winter has noise as I have an ISO of 200?

The picture below has noise it was a cloudy day, but light was good. And ISO was set to 200. I couldn't find a good reason in my reflection process to know why noise has emerged and what to do in ...
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What exactly does “macro mode” do on a FujifilmX100T?

I know that when I shoot something close (and personal:) I should use the macro mode. But what exactly does the macro mode change on camera and exposure? What is the difference? I own Fuji X100T if ...
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What should I look for in a budget macro lens for a Nikon DX camera?

I'm looking to buy a macro lense for my wife, who is an enthusiast/hobby photographer. Her camera body is a D7000, and she has a full suite of lenses other than a dedicated macro. I know nothing about ...
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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 ...