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Question Any Camera GURU'S oot here.

What in the name of ZEUS is a macro lens?????

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I know precious little about photography, but macro mode on a camera usually allows you to focus on objects that are very close. Try reading here:

What is a macro lens? Magnification and minimum focus distance explained | TechRadar
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I know precious little about photography, but macro mode on a camera usually allows you to focus on objects that are very close. Try reading here:

What is a macro lens? Magnification and minimum focus distance explained | TechRadar


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That flower shows close up. The macro zoom shows up a closeup part of the flower. Macro will allow you to get up close and personal. I just used my macro setting yesterday to photograph a carb. Note the dirt particles on it. .

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I GOT a Nikon D3200 with DX lens. they have separate macro lens for it or can I just use the flower feature I have on it already.

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Yes the flower is the standard icon for macro mode. It should work ok. For sure, a special macro lens might make for better shots but unless you're into fancy photography, macro mode with a regular lens should be just fine. The special lens will allow for less edge distortion (curvature), etc.
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If you're going to get super close, Todd, you may want to invest in a mini tripod.

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All lens have a minimum focusing distance. If the image of the subject is still to small at the minimum focusing distance, you need a macro lens. It allows you to focus on very tiny objects and still fill the frame.

Nikon makes great lenses and with 24 MP you can often digitally zoom in to make the image larger and still get good details. I would experiment with the camera and see how close you can get. If you are unhappy with the results you can put the macro lens on your Christmas wish list

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The flower setting isn't the best but it does optimize the light sensor for being in close. You're still limited by the lenses minimum focus distance. For taking good photos of flowers up close, electronics, anything where you'd want to be within a foot of the subject and the subject is small you really need some sort of dedicated macro lens. That way you can get close enough to fill the frame with your subject.

I haven't tried it out yet but I purchased a cheap set of cheater lenses a few months back since I couldn't shell out the $$$ for a telephoto like I used to have. I have a Tamron 500mm with a 2X converter for my old film SLR Nikormat. Tried to use it with the DSLR but it's not going to work.





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