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Do you need a macro lens to take photographs of brown recluse spiders?

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While a macro lens is not necessary to capture a brown recluse spider on film, using one is likely to result in significantly clearer photographs. However, there are a number of other considerations, such as magnification and focal length, that will dictate the quality of the image.

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Sometimes lenses will be mislabeled as "macro." It is important to look for those with a 1:1 or 1:2 magnification. This information will be in the lens manual, if not on the lens itself.

It is also important to make sure that the lens has a fixed focal length. Zoom lenses, while allowing for a closer image of brown recluse spiders, are not true macro lenses.

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