macro lenses

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1518

Chris wants to talk about macro lenses today. Designed to get really up close shots with very shallow depth of field, a Macro lens is a great way to get up close and personal. There are 50-100mm macro lenses, which are designed to get up close without being close. It's called the "flight distance." There's a macro lens on Kickstarter which is also a wide angle lens as well. It's called the Laowa 24mm F/14 probe lens, which lets you get super close without getting the camera in the way. But at $1400, it's a very specialized lens.

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1210

Chris says that you don't need a Macro or Wide Angle lens. There are plenty of ways to turn your current lenses into both.

1) Get an extension ring. It goes between the camera/lens increasing the distance. It reduces the minimum focal distance without affecting quality all that much. And you can get one with contacts to keep automatic functions.

2) You can also get a filter that acts as a magnifying flass. It needs to be "achromatic" to correct for color and distortion. But that's a good option as well.