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    pixclix
    pixclix  7
    8 May 2008 - 6:40 PM

    Hi I ask if anyone can help me to get the greatest depth of field when using a macro lens.

    i know the depth of field is very limited and the idea is to have just a small area in focus with the remaining image drifting out of focus but how do I try to maximise the depth of field to get as much in focus as possible.

    I've read that you need to have the lens in parallel to the object which is great for shooting flat objects but objects with a depth, height and width create the problem.

    Any ideas would be most welcome

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    Simon_P
    Simon_P  8487 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
    8 May 2008 - 6:59 PM

    Smallest aperture (f22 etc and will likely requite a tripod) DOF is also effected by the distance from focal plane to subject, macro lenses are designed for close focusing so a large DOF is difficult unless you move further from the subject, which kind of defeats the object of a macro lens.

    conrad
    conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
    8 May 2008 - 7:01 PM

    You need a combination of a small enough aperture with enough distance to your subject. For instance, when you use a 105mm macro lens, then even if you're using f22 as your aperture, you're hardly going to have any depth of field at all if you're shooting from 10cm, to name an example. That changes when you increase the distance to, say, 100cm.

    Have a play with the depth of field calculator here and you'll see for yourself.

    Last Modified By conrad at 8 May 2008 - 7:02 PM
    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315388 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    8 May 2008 - 7:16 PM

    Have a look at this

    focus stacking

    starliz
    starliz  101594 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
    8 May 2008 - 7:18 PM

    thanks for the link conrad Smile might be a little less confused now.

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