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    Default 'MACRO' or 'MICRO' shots???

    Anyone care to lay down the real definition(s) of these two terms and how correctly they should have been used(or I would say should not have been abused)????

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    "the should not been misinformed one".....;>

    well lets talk it out people!

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    You're right in pointing out that this nomenclature can be pretty confusing. This is what I understand the "proper" definition of these terms to mean:

    • Close-up photography - basically taking close-up pictures of small objects. (Exactly what constitutes "small" is debatable.) However, the physical image size is still smaller than the actual object size. For instance, you're taking a close-up photograph if you fill a 35mm frame with a 10cm (10mm) object.
    • Macro photography - one of the worst misnomers in photography. This is taking photographs such that the physical image size on your recording medium (film, sensor, etc) is equal to (1:1) or larger than the actual object size. One example is filling a 35mm frame with a 1cm (10mm) object.
    • Micro photography - taking photographs of objects that are virtually invisible to the unaided eye. This normally requires the use of microscopes.
    To my knowledge, though, these definitions are rather fluid in actual usage, and in fact we tend to use the term "macro photography" for just about any kind of photography involving small objects, which of course only serves to add to the confusion.

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    thanks a lot mate.

    really appreciate it.

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    can share what's the diff between macro lens and close up filters?

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    Midnight is mainly correct. Photomacrography is an image size on film or ccd that is greater than lifesize. Where that ends, or the image ratio stop's, has never been made clear.

    Photomicrography is generally any shot taken through a microscope. This is the tricky one. Different type's of microscope's allow different range's of image ratio. Not all are invisible to the eye. Infact a ratio of only 5:1 is possible with a microscope, while an image ratio of of around 75:1 can be had with a camera and the right equipment that does not use a microscope.

    The term macro used by camera maker's and stamped on a camera or button is really just a term they use for closeup. No camera comes out of the box that has TRUE macro capabilites. It's up to us to add what is needed to get to that stage. Macro is not something we can buy. It's something that is gained and learn't IMHO.

    Danny.

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