macro lens

noun

Definition of macro lens 

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

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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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Spring arts 2018: 10 things to watch in visual art this season," 25 Mar. 2018 The Pixter Pro Pack includes a wide-angle lens; a 238-degree super fisheye lens; a 10X macro lens; and a telephoto lens. Judi Dash, latimes.com, "Gear that improves on what was and changes what might be," 25 Feb. 2018 Brian Waddell used a 200mm macro lens to show us the feather-like features of a fern while Darla Murray zeroed in on a dragonfly with dazzling wings. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Garden photo contest: People's Choice winner is 'Who Really Knows the Magnolia'," 26 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of macro lens

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macro lens

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

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