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Nikon D3200 macro advice please

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    Danny1970 e2 Member 1Danny1970 vcard United Kingdom
    20 May 2013 - 10:56 AM

    I have just bought a Nikon D3200, If I set the camera up for macro on the command dial is it then possible to adjust the apeture size as I can't find how to do it.
    I would be grateful for any help on this.

    Thank you


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    20 May 2013 - 6:03 PM

    What lens are you using Danny?

    To change the aperture, select the 'A' on the dial and turn the dial on the back.

    It is also better to use manual focus if your going in really close!


    mikehit  56324 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    20 May 2013 - 6:25 PM

    If you mean the flower symbol on the mode dial, you probably can't - by selecting that mode you are letting the camera do everything for you. As Andy says, you would have to use the aperture priority mode.

    Nigeve1 e2 Member 1698 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom81 Constructive Critique Points
    27 May 2013 - 4:08 PM

    Using the macro symbol on the command dial is a programmed mode so will not allow you to select the apature. Select apature priority or manual mode on the command dial to achieve the control you want. For most macro photography you will want a narrow apature ( larger f number e.g 16/22/32 to maximise depth of field which is very narrow otherwise. If needs be increase your ISO to get an acceptable shutter speed; a slightly grainy image is much better than a blurred or out of focus image due to shake or inadequate DOF. I find manual focus and moving stightly in and out from the subject is the best way to establish a good result. Depth of field preview is also useful but I am not sure if you have it on the D3200. If not, try bracketing your apature on the same subject.

    Danny1970 e2 Member 1Danny1970 vcard United Kingdom
    27 May 2013 - 4:13 PM

    Thank you Nigel

    annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
    29 May 2013 - 11:16 PM

    Use the aperture ring on the lens.
    Must admit I have had Nikon reflexes since the f2 and never have seen a macro button on it ? And I thought I had found most of the buttons on my Nikon nowTongue

    Danny1970 e2 Member 1Danny1970 vcard United Kingdom
    30 May 2013 - 9:03 AM

    Thank you Annette

    LenShepherd e2 Member 62460 forum postsLenShepherd vcard United Kingdom
    1 Jun 2013 - 9:47 AM

    I am guessing from the nature of the question Danny1970 is relatively new to DSLR's.
    The question of how to change the aperture has been answered.
    The camera will only autofocus with an AF-s type lens.
    Lenses like the AF-s 18-200 get as close as a 2.5 inch wide subject - which is useful for many novices macro needs.
    I am not debating that a manual focus macro lens with aperture ring and a flexible column tripod might not be better in some situations. On the other hand this specialist type of photography is usually undertaken only by advanced photographers using a camera with a better viewfinder than available at the D3200 price point.

    Last Modified By LenShepherd at 1 Jun 2013 - 9:48 AM
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