Thread: My World: Which lens for Macro?
View Single Post
Old December 9th, 2016, 08:10 AM
Doug Kerr Doug Kerr is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA
Posts: 8,625

I will take this opportunity to remind us that the infamous "1:1" image magnification, often used as the criterion of "real macro performance" for a lens, is not very definitive with regard to our actual photographic needs.

Almost always, what we are really interested in is what sized object (or object field) will fill our frame. At the "1:1" benchmark, that is a field whose size equals the fame size. For a camera with a four-thirds sensor, that would be an object less than 13.5 mm in diameter (about 2/3 the diameter of an American dime coin).

For an 8" 10" format camera, that object might be a ladies' shoe.

Best regards,

Reply With Quote