what is the difference between a micro and a macro lens?

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Blind Bruce, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. Blind Bruce

    Blind Bruce TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2015
    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Winnipeg, Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I have heard that they were the same but I really think that there must be a difference.


     
  2. 480sparky

    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Messages:
    24,673
    Likes Received:
    8,740
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Madison Avenue semantics.

    Generically, they're called Macro lenses. Nikon uses Micro in their marketing.
     
  3. Blind Bruce

    Blind Bruce TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2015
    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Winnipeg, Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    The thought just occured to me that a "micro" lens can magnify but has a very limited DOF (like a microscope) whereas a "macro" lens is able to stop down to a greater extent and give a huge DOF.
    Or am I the one being nit picky now?
     
  4. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    25,265
    Likes Received:
    4,783
    Location:
    UK - England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    There's really no difference, its purely a difference in marketing labels.


    3rd party manufacturers even use the term "macro" on some zoom lenses such as 70-300mm lenses which can, at best, get to half life size (0.5:1) instead of the full life size that most macro lenses achieve (1:1)


    The only macro lens on the current market that does anything different is the Canon MPE 65mm macro which goes from 1:1 to 5:1 in magnification and has no infinity focus. It should also be noted that I believe Nikon made a 2:1 capable lens ,but that its not in current production
     
  5. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2006
    Messages:
    3,695
    Likes Received:
    491
    No you are just being incorrect. The first answer you got was the correct one.
     
  6. Ysarex

    Ysarex Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2011
    Messages:
    6,694
    Likes Received:
    3,171
    Location:
    St. Louis
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
     
  7. zombiesniper

    zombiesniper Furtographer Extraordinaire! Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2015
    Messages:
    8,251
    Likes Received:
    5,993
    Location:
    Angus, Ontario
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    A macro lens takes pictures at very close distances of really small subjects.

    A micro lens is just a really tiny lens.

    At least if you understand english that's what they mean. Guess Nikon missed that day in class.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Winner Winner x 1
  8. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2006
    Messages:
    3,695
    Likes Received:
    491
    By that logic a macro lens is really big one.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  9. Braineack

    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2013
    Messages:
    13,074
    Likes Received:
    5,534
    Location:
    NoVA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I heard micro lenses are: Focal length * crop factor / DOF + ISO = magnifcation
     
  10. 480sparky

    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Messages:
    24,673
    Likes Received:
    8,740
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Since there's no legal or official definition of each, there really isn't any difference. Liberated from such a constraint, one can call a ham sandwich (the actual sandwich, not a photo of it) 'macro' or 'micro' to your heart's content.

    The general unofficial consensus is macro starts at 1:1, or 1x. But I've also heard that micro starts at 10:1 as well.
     
  11. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    25,265
    Likes Received:
    4,783
    Location:
    UK - England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I believe that science has some strict definitions for the terms; however photographically there isn't a unified term, beyond the generally agreed 1:1

    Note that even up to 5:1 you can still see the subject with the naked eye and even up to 20:1 you can still see it. So micro in terms of needing the microscope is likely far beyond what most would ever use a camera and lens for and is more in the realms of microscope photography
     
  12. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    25,265
    Likes Received:
    4,783
    Location:
    UK - England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit


    I believe that science has some strict definitions for the terms; however photographically there isn't a unified term, beyond the generally agreed 1:1

    Note that even up to 5:1 you can still see the subject with the naked eye and even up to 20:1 you can still see it. So micro in terms of needing the microscope is likely far beyond what most would ever use a camera and lens for and is more in the realms of microscope photography
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

difference between macro and micro photography with pics

,

difference between micro and macro film

,

difference between micro lens and macro lens

,

what is the difference between and micro and macro lense