9 things you need to know about using macro lenses

9 things you need to know about using macro lenses

Macro badges are often slapped on lenses that offer a magnification factor of 0.5x or less. However, true macro lenses deliver 1.0x, or 1:1, magnification. This means that if you photograph a small object at the lens’ closest focus distance setting, it will be the same size as the image projected onto the camera’s sensor.

This is perhaps the most important thing to know about using macro lenses. Below we’ve compiled a list of 9 other things you need to know when using a macro lens.

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