Macro lens?

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Terry K1
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Macro lens?

Hello,

Is the 80mm a true macro lens?

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It's a 1:1 reproduction lens.

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Tim van der Leeuw Contributing Member • Posts: 537
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What do you consider a true macro lens?

It has 1:1 reproduction, does that mean it meets your criteria?

For me it does -- 0.5x reproduction for me is not "true macro" but 1:1 does for me. Although I'd love 2x reproduction but I guess that for that I'll add extension rings at some point.

If 1:1 reproduction rate is not good enough for you then there are manual focus macro lenses from Laowa of course which have 2x reproduction rates or more

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a_c_skinner Forum Pro • Posts: 10,720
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Reproduction ratio as a measure of how close you can get is irrational. For a full plate camera 1:1 will fill the frame with an object about 200mm across. For a smart phone 1:1 will fill the frame with a 7mm object.

For APS-C 1:2 is close to 1:1 on full frame.

Is the 80mm a true macro? Honestly you need to frame your question better to find out about that or any lens. No one has a definition of true macro and the 1:1 so beloved of people on here, who presumably don't do much close up photography or haven't reflected a lot on it, came about when 135 film (36x24mm) was hugely more common than any other frame size so at least then it had some utility as a widely applicable measure of how close.

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Terry K1
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Re: Macro lens?

Thank you very much.

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Terry K1
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Yes. That would be nice.

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Re: Macro lens?

Thank you Andrew.

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a_c_skinner Forum Pro • Posts: 10,720
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I should say of the 9 macro lenses I've used over 40 years the Fuji 80mm has been the best.

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JayPhizzt Senior Member • Posts: 1,929
Re: Macro lens?

Terry K1 wrote:

Hello,

Is the 80mm a true macro lens?

If you by "true macro lens" mean 1:1 magnification then yes. Else I don't know what you mean by "true macro lens".

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