Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Micro & Macro, what is the difference?

  1. #1

    Default Micro & Macro, what is the difference?

    Just realised that some lens are micro and some are Macro. For example:

    24-85mm F2.8-4 is Macro and 60mm F2.8 is Micro, what is the difference?

    Would appreciate enlightenment from the experts.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Singapore (SengKang)
    Posts
    2,789

    Default Re: Micro & Macro, what is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by poh6702
    Just realised that some lens are micro and some are Macro. For example:

    24-85mm F2.8-4 is Macro and 60mm F2.8 is Micro, what is the difference?

    Would appreciate enlightenment from the experts.

    Thanks in advance.
    I only knows that the 60mm f2.8 Micro should be a 1:1 macro lens while the 24-85 f2.8-4 is not. Maybe just a naming convention as Canon uses Macro instead of Micro.
    -Express yourself not in words-
    http://www.majere2sg.com

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Tanjong Katong
    Posts
    3,710

    Default Re: Micro & Macro, what is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by majere2sg
    I only knows that the 60mm f2.8 Micro should be a 1:1 macro lens while the 24-85 f2.8-4 is not. Maybe just a naming convention as Canon uses Macro instead of Micro.
    Macro==Micro.

    Nikon use Micro. Macro is common used by others than Nikon.

    Regards,
    Arto.

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    222

    Default Re: Micro & Macro, what is the difference?

    i checked the dictionary
    macro means Very large in scale or scope or capability
    mirco means Extremely small in scale or scope or capability

  5. #5
    Member Andy Ho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Punggol
    Posts
    389

    Default Re: Micro & Macro, what is the difference?

    In photography, micro refers to close up enlargements of 1:1 lifesize reproduction or more, and macro refers to anything less than 1:1 lifesize. The 24-85mm f/2.8-4 lens is only capable of 1/2 lifesize reproduction and is not considered a full micro lens.

  6. #6

    Default Re: Micro & Macro, what is the difference?

    Thanks all for the explanation.

  7. #7

    Default Re: Micro & Macro, what is the difference?

    Hmm... pardon me. Actually, I thought the word "photomacrography" means near 1:1 magnification or more in the photography world. It's just that Nikon uses the word "micro", instead. Their micro-Nikkors are essentially still Macro lenses, capable of 1:1 magnification on its own (except the 70-180mm zoom micro).

    Upon further searching, I found this page which categorizes the different levels of magnification :
    http://photoscience.info/cu_macro_micro/cmm-01.html

    Cheers!

  8. #8

    Default Re: Micro & Macro, what is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by hyperFocal
    Hmm... pardon me. Actually, I thought the word "photomacrography" means near 1:1 magnification or more in the photography world. It's just that Nikon uses the word "micro", instead. Their micro-Nikkors are essentially still Macro lenses, capable of 1:1 magnification on its own (except the 70-180mm zoom micro).

    Upon further searching, I found this page which categorizes the different levels of magnification :
    http://photoscience.info/cu_macro_micro/cmm-01.html

    Cheers!
    its quite a useful site.....
    thanks for all the sharing

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •