macro lens


Definition of macro lens

: a camera lens designed to focus at very short distances with up to life-size magnification of the image

Examples of macro lens in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arndt set to work building a four-walled, plywood photographer’s blind up against the 200-pound hunk of wood, complete with lighting and a tiny window, which allowed him to sneak his macro lens through the back of the cavity. National Geographic, "Photos from inside a tree reveal intimate lives of wild honeybees," 8 Feb. 2020 The addition of a macro lens would be nice, but the physical lens requirements of a true macro could make that difficult to achieve. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "Samsung’s Galaxy S20, an electric Hummer, and the rest of the current tech rumors," 14 Jan. 2020 To get really up close and personal, beauty YouTuber Alissa Ashley shared close-ups of the wand, taken with a macro lens, on her Twitter. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "I Tried Fenty Beauty's First Mascara — Here Are My Honest Thoughts," 9 Jan. 2020 That product made more sense for the average consumer, given that a single lens costs less than $17, easily fits on the phone, and functions as more of a macro lens than a microscope. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "If You've Ever Wanted a Smartphone Microscope, Now's Your Chance," 22 Nov. 2019 When installed in a dining room, the Constellation system operates like a macro lens, helping diners and staff focus on the sounds that matter while blurring out competing noises. Soleil Ho,, "Why we need to rethink the concept of noise in restaurants," 13 Sep. 2019 Her macro lens positioned just inches from alluringly worn walls, Gordana Gerskovic photographs accidental patterns and inadvertent abstractions. Washington Post, "In the galleries: The heady works of Soriano at OAS Art Museum of the Americas," 13 Sep. 2019 Filmmakers use high-magnification macro lenses, which focus on objects extremely close to the camera, rather than telephoto lenses, which focus on objects far away. Matt Jancer, Outside Online, "Turn Your Phone into a Pro Adventure Movie Maker," 11 June 2018 This exhibit will look into the history of making the invisible visible, exploring x-rays, macro lenses, microscopes and images such as snowflakes, tiny insects and even spirits. Martina Schimitschek,, "Spring arts 2018: 10 things to watch in visual art this season," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of macro lens

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macro lens

macro-, from the fact that the focal length is greater than normal

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17 Feb 2020

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“Macro lens.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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