DSLR accessories

DSLR macro lens

Written by Gail Bjork

A DSLR macro lens allows a photographer hold the camera very close to the subject and photograph it in true-to-life size and detail.

Macro shotOne of the most popular forms of photography is macro photography. It allows the photographer to get very close to a subject, capturing aspects of it in stunning detail.

“Macro” is a term normally referring to the ability of a lens to enlarge the image it creates of an object so that image and object are exactly of the same size. Many lenses are labeled Macro but are, in fact, nothing more than close-focusing lenses.

True macro lens

A true macro lens will allow the photographer to capture the smallest details of an insect, flower, coin or other small object. The lens usually has a ratio of 1:1.

Macro lenses are almost always among the best digital single reflex camera lenses available. They have great contrast, resolution and low distortion.

Macro lenses and focal length

Macro lenses with short focal lengths, such as 50mm, are usually less expensive than macro lenses with a longer focal length. But short focal length macro lenses must be held very close to the subject and sometimes lighting may be inadequate.

Longer focal length macro lenses (eg. 100mm, 150mm) allow for improved lighting since the photographer can keep more distance between the camera and subject without sacrificing detail.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.