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07/29/2006 10:35:55 PM · #1
Which lens will provide greater magnification for the subject, a 50mm macro or 100mm macro?
07/29/2006 10:36:56 PM · #2
i believe 100 but i don't know
07/29/2006 11:08:40 PM · #3
bump
07/29/2006 11:15:33 PM · #4
Are you asking which one wil fill the frame to a 1:1 ratio?
07/29/2006 11:26:11 PM · #5
At the risk of hijacking this thread, let me ask a question in another way. Hopefully, it will lead to the answer that the OP was hoping for.

What macro lense (or equipment) will give the greatest magnification of something as small as the hairs on a moths antennae, without post-process cropping?
07/29/2006 11:26:27 PM · #6
I believe it would depend on the specific lenses and the minimum focus distance.
07/29/2006 11:32:18 PM · #7
you can also get extention tubes or other things they turn normal lens pretty much into a macro lens or you can make it so it focuses closer, (for the macro lens)

Message edited by author 2006-07-29 23:33:05.
07/29/2006 11:41:51 PM · #8
Neither lens will give greater magnification. If both lenses are capable of 1:1 macro, the longer lens will just give you a greater working distance between the camera and the subject.
07/29/2006 11:55:16 PM · #9
(What macro lense (or equipment) will give the greatest magnification of something as small as the hairs on a moths antennae, without post-process cropping?)

Yes
Does the 50mm 1: 2.5 macro have the stronger magnification than the 100mm ?
Or does the 100mm ?? have the stronger magnification ?
My friend just got the 100mm macro lens and we were wondering .
07/29/2006 11:56:54 PM · #10
Originally posted by Diana:

(What macro lense (or equipment) will give the greatest magnification of something as small as the hairs on a moths antennae, without post-process cropping?)

Yes
Does the 50mm 1: 2.5 macro have the stronger magnification than the 100mm ?
Or does the 100mm ?? have the stronger magnification ?
My friend just got the 100mm macro lens and we were wondering .


Yes.. the 100mm macro would give greater magnification. It's a 1:1 macro instead of a 1:2.5, so it will give 2.5x greater magnificaiton.
07/30/2006 12:18:50 AM · #11
The Ultimate among Macro lenses, the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 lens, gives up to 5:1 magnification...
07/30/2006 12:44:22 AM · #12
Originally posted by doctornick:

The Ultimate among Macro lenses, the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 lens, gives up to 5:1 magnification...


OMG - added it to my wish list!
07/30/2006 12:51:21 AM · #13
Originally posted by doctornick:

The Ultimate among Macro lenses, the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 lens, gives up to 5:1 magnification...
example pics
08/01/2006 09:05:10 PM · #14
You're not thinking about the 50mm f/2.5 macro are you? Be careful that you aren't misreading the 1:2.5 as the aperture, which is essentially also a ratio=fraction.

I thought that was a 1:1 ratio?

Anyhow, like Jim said, if it is 1:1 ratio, it will have exactly identical magnification regardless of the focal length of the lens.

The 65mm 1-5x macro lens is cool, but is quite tricky to use.

You might want to experiment with reversed lens techniques to get a feel for it first with some cheaper equipment. If you use good zoom lenses, you can get a lot of versatility with no added cost.

Reversed lens stuff with P&S cam:

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Message edited by author 2006-08-01 21:08:42.
08/01/2006 09:15:59 PM · #15
Gosh, those photos are absolutely stunning.
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