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t’s been the stuff of fiction since at least the time of Gulliver’s travels; finding ourselves in the land where small is big, we ourselves being curiously shrunken.

I certainly don’t have a shrink-ray (still working on the issue of mass), but I can tell you that small world adventures are available almost everywhere you can look.

Macro photography deals with magnifications from half life-size to about the 10x life size, but most commonly in the 1:1 (life size) ratio (magnifications larger than what the common SLR camera can produce can be made with microscopes and are usually referred to as photomicrography).

If you already have a digital SLR, all you need to get started is a macro lens (a real macro lens - zooms that say “macro” on them are lying to you - the highest magnification most zooms with “macro” will give you is 1:4). Here are a few macro lens recommendations:


Canon

    50mm f2.5 1:2 - for full frame & crop sensor cameras

    60mm f2.8 1:1 - for crop sensor cameras only

    100mm f2.8 1:1 - for full frame & crop sensor cameras*


Nikon

    60mm f2.8 1:1 - for full frame & crop sensor cameras

    85mm f3.5 1:1 - for crop sensor cameras only*

    105mm f2.8 1:1 for full frame & crop sensor cameras*


Sigma

    50mm f2.8 1:1 - for full frame & crop sensor cameras

    70mm f2.8 1:1 - for full frame & crop sensor cameras

    105mm f2.8 1:1 - for full frame & crop sensor cameras

    150mm f2.8 1:1 - for full frame & crop sensor cameras*


Many of the newer models offer optical image stabilization  (those marked with an * - image stabilization is very helpful at high magnifications)


Once you’ve got your macro lens, be sure to sign up for our nature class and nature walks - the word of the small is ready and waiting for you!

 
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  1. Macro Lenses

  2.     -designed for close focusing


  3. short - 20mm, 38mm

  4.       extreme magnification - 2x to 16x life size


normal - 50mm, 60mm

        magnification 1/2 to life size


long - 90 & 100mm, 135mm, 180mm, etc

      -  same magnification as normal, but allows increased working distance.



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