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Looking for an fixed lense camera with macro to take close up shots

How do i know the closest focus distance for any given camera?   it doesnt seem like this is a specified camera characteristic??   Any recommendations for a camera that can take close up shots like in the 3" range??

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Re: Looking for an fixed lense camera with macro to take close up shots

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While I'm sure there are cameras like this available (I'm not familiar with any)...  I would suggest going with a body that accepts different lenses.  This will give you greater flexibility depending on your shooting conditions. 


If this is for scientific purposes...  a microscope might be more in line with what you are trying to do...  But we don't know what you are shooting. 


Minimum focus distance is typically a specification of the lens...  not the camera. 


This might prove helpful (good read),14490...

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Re: Looking for an fixed lense camera with macro to take close up shots

Hi, i probably put this question in the wrong catagory.  Im certainly not a camera guy.  A point and shoot camera was what i was interested in.   my purpose was to take close up images of small objects to post on ebay.   Subjects are sometimes coins, etc.    Any recommendations from that stand point.   

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Re: Looking for an fixed lense camera with macro to take close up shots

Not a Canon, but you might check out the Olympus TG-4/TG-5. It has a super macro mode and microscope mode and is a good ruggedized camera.


Google Ken Rockwell Olympus TG-4 for some examples.

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Re: Looking for an fixed lense camera with macro to take close up shots

You didn't mention which camera body you are using.


Canon makes three different "prime" (prime is a lens that does not "zoom") macro lenses with true 1:1 scale (meaning the image of the object being projected onto the camera's sensor is as large as the object is in real life).  


These are


  1. EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  2. EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  3. EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM 

They also make a specialty extreme macro lenses.  Instead of being limited to merely 1:1 scale... it allows you to get so close that it can provide up to 5:1 scale (object is 5x larger on the sensor than it is in real life) but the "catch" is that this particular lens does not allow you to focus all the way out to "infiinity" (all the other lenses can focus all the way to infinity).  So this specialty lens for extreme macro work is designed for very close-up photography only.


That lens is the

  • MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo

They also have a lens that only does 1/2x scale (1:2 macro) but you can buy an optional doubler that allows it to work at 1:1 scale (life-size).  That lens is the

  • EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

All the lenses listed ABOVE will work on ANY Canon EOS camera body -- regardless of model.


However there are two additional macro lenses and these lenses are only available for use with Canon EOS bodies that have APS-C size image sensors such as all "Rebel" series bodies as well as the mid-range bodies (80D, 70D, 60D, 50D, etc.) as well as the 7D series.  These lense do not work with any camera with larger sensors such as "full frame" bodies or Canon bodies that had APS-H size sensors.  If you had any 1D, 5D, or 6D series bodies (regardless of suffix or revision) then you would not be able to use these lenses.


These include:

  • EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM  (BTW, this lens has a built-in ring-light on the front of the lens).

There are other ways to do close-up photography such as by using close-up diopters.  These screw onto the front of the lens like a filter (they attach to the filter threads) and allow for closer shooting.   Canon sells the 250D and 500D diopters.  The 250D are meant for lenses with shorter focal lengths and the 500D are meant for lenses with longer focal lengths (if you look up the products they'll tell you the range).  


It's also possible to attach something called an "extension tube" -- this is a hollow barrel that goes between the lens and camera body and it's sole purpose to position the lens farther away from the camera body (which shifts the entire focal range closer to the camera).


Close-up diopters are very inexpensive.  

Extension tubes are also reasonably inexpesive.

Dedicated macro lenses are more expensive becuase you're buying a whole lens.


There are also several "zoom" lenses that claim "macro" capabililty but read the specs on these ... I am not aware of any zoom lens that can do 1:1 scale macro... usually it's 1:4 scale and sometimes 1:3 scale... and that's about it.


Most lenses WILL list their closest focusing distance in the lens specifications.   This distance is measured from the FOCUS PLANE MARK on the camera body (not from the front of the lens).  If you look at the top of any camara body... somewhere you'll find a mark that looks like a circle with a straight horizontal line drawn through it.  That mark indicates the precise position of the image sensor inside the camera body.  


The distance from the front of the lens to the subject is sometimes referred to as the "working distance"... but that's not the same as the "focus distance" which is the distance to the image sensor itself (and Canon marks that position on the body in case you ever need to measure it.  But it happens to be 44mm in from the lens-mounting flange on the front of the camera body (for all EOS SLR & DSLR bodies... the EOS Mirrorless cameras have a different distance.)




If you have a EOS "Rebel" series body then the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM is a favorite.

If you have an EOS full-frame body then the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM is a good choice.  



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Re: Looking for an fixed lense camera with macro to take close up shots

As an example, here's a link to a Canon G7 manual.


Go to the appendix section, page 196, and look at the Shooting Range information. I'd guess that most, if not all the manuals will show similar specifications.

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