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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:39 am 
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I'm just a novice photographer and i'm a little confused by some of the designations for lenses. Why is a 40mm prime lense and a 85mm prime lense considered macro lenses but a 50mm is not?


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 Post subject: Re: Macro lenses
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 2:10 pm 
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I can understand the confusion. The term macro has to do with the reproduction ratio, or magnification of a lens. A macro lens typically has a maximum magnification of 1:1, meaning that the subject is as large on the cameras sensor, as it is in real life.

Macro lenses can be very different when it comes to the focal length - 40,60,85,105,150,180 or 200 mm lenses - they can all be macro lenses, the common denominator is the magnification. That is what you should be paying attention to.

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