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

Examples of macro lens in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From a macro lens for pictures of objects up close with tremendous detail, to a super wide lens to capture an entire mountain range, to a super telephoto to zoom in ridiculous distances; all is possible with a DSLR. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best DSLR cameras for beginners, according to professional photographers," 20 Nov. 2020 Just clip on the wide angle or macro lens to your phone to get high-quality photos on your next adventure — no heavy camera equipment required. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Do I Want for Christmas? Take This Quiz to Find Out What You Should Ask For," 15 Sep. 2020 All six phones also have dual, triple- and quad-camera systems with ultra-wide, depth, and macro lenses, big screens, and larger batteries to keep them powered all day. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung's low-cost Galaxy A-Series phones aim to reverse U.S. smartphone slump," 9 Apr. 2020 Students can learn about landscape photography, macro lenses, shooting music videos, and much more. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "These Free Photography Courses Will Help You Perfect Your Skills While You're Bored at Home," 6 Apr. 2020 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

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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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“Macro lens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/macro%20lens. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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