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Your Guide To Shooting With A PENTAX Macro Lens

We’ve all been wowed by those purely magnificent close-up photographs of winter frost on foliage or the almost translucent wings of a dragonfly. Whatever it is you want to capture – be it bug, a dew drop or still life – you’ll need a macro lens. PENTAX lenses have ultra-close focusing capabilities, delivering supreme macro image quality effortlessly.

We have a multitude of great photography tips and guidance on our blog, including a beginner’s guide to PENTAX camera lenses. Keep reading to discover how to capture amazing macro images!

How To Use PENTAX Lenses For Macro Photography

Struggling to achieve intense, clear and focused close-up photos? This guide will help you to achieve stunning results, even when faced with demanding conditions.

  1. Prepare your DSLR – Camera settings are one of the most important aspects of any kind of photography. You may not think that a slightly larger aperture or higher ISO will make much difference to how your shots turn out, but it’s often the tiniest of details that make the most difference (especially with macro photography).
    Depth of field is hugely significant for close-up shots, so therefore once you’ve got your macro PENTAX lens sorted, how you set your aperture should be your next main priority. Aperture Priority mode (shortened to ‘A’ or ‘Av’ on your settings dial) is ideal if you don’t feel so confident fine-tuning your camera’s settings from manual mode (M).
    A smaller aperture of between f/11 and f/8 is the best for macro photography. This will ensure that your subject is in stunning focus whilst softening its surroundings. A slower shutter speed with an ISO of no higher than 200 will give you the best results. A lower ISO would be even better (50-100), but with a slow shutter you’ll have trouble keeping your camera steady…
  2. Keep your camera steady – If you’re committed to getting spectacular results and have set your ISO to 200 or below, you’ll need a sturdy platform from which to shoot. No matter how steady your think your hand is, even pressing the button on your DSLR will result in image blur.
    Keep in mind that it’s not just your camera that must keep still, but also your subject. If you’re shooting something delicate outdoors, a slight breeze can be enough to disturb your image. A remote shutter release and tripod built specifically for macro photography will help you to achieve clear shots with less worry.
  3. Be wary of flash – Many professional photographers find it difficult to go flash-free, but with close-up shots a flash can often result in superficial-looking images. Experiment with natural light before you blind your subject. If you’re adamant about flash, consider using a diffuser which will soften the light.


  • Take lots of images – You may only get one photo you’re happy with out of twenty, so don’t give up after one or two!
  • Extension tube (ring) – By fitting an extension ring to your PENTAX macro lens, you’ll be able to focus-in even more closely.

Visit SRS For PENTAX Lenses

We have a fantastic range of lenses from PENTAX here at SRS, from telephoto to macro and more! Whether it’s our popular PENTAX D-FA 100mm F2.8 WR Macro Lens (rated five stars from our customers), or the intense FA 645 120mm F4 Macro lens, look no further for a brilliant service and products!

If you would like more information about our camera lenses, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can either call us directly on 01923 226602, or email!

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