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Nikon D3200 macro advice please

20 May 2013 10:56AM
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

Andy_Cundell 11 1.1k 5 England
20 May 2013 6:03PM
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 13 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
20 May 2013 6:25PM
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 9 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
27 May 2013 4:08PM
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.
27 May 2013 4:13PM
Thank you Nigel
annettep38 11 221 43 Luxembourg
29 May 2013 11:16PM
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
30 May 2013 9:03AM
Thank you Annette
LenShepherd 14 4.5k United Kingdom
1 Jun 2013 9:47AM
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.

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