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Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera
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Taking the Nokia Lumia 1020 to the macro level

We've got an interesting discussion going on over in the Windows Phone Central Forums about adapting the Nokia Lumia 1020 to macro photography.

Macro photography is close-up photography typically captured at life-size resolution and at really close distances. While the Nokia Lumia 1020 may not be able to capture images at life size resolution, WPCentral reader AccentAE86 has found a way to boost the magnification of the 41MP PureView camera by taping a close-up filter to the camera. 

The filter magnifies the image to pull in more detail and coupled with Nokia's zoom feature, the results can be fantastic.  Hit the break to see a few of AccentAE86's macro shots and the macro set-up he's using.

Photo by AccentAE86

Photo by AccentAE86

AccentAE86 does not that in shooting macro with the Lumia 1020, you are challenged with the inability to stop down the lens for greater depth of field. You'll need to be a little patient and may have to choose a better angle to approach things to maximize what depth you have.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Macro Set-up

Now I've shot my fair share of macro photos over the years and while taping a filter to the front of your Lumia 1020's camera may not be the most conventional approach to macro photography, the end product can hold it's own rather nicely. 

You can share your thoughts on using the Nokia Lumia 1020 for macro photos here in this Windows Phone Central Forums discussion.  Just be warned... the spider shot posted is ultra-creepy.

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WinFan1 says:

That's an awesome ladybug pic holy crap. Nokia should send me one of those phones as a gift lol.

stjimmie says:

They should send me one ,just for being in agreement with you! Lol

ladydias says:

Lol, I wish. :-)

Those are really amazing photos... O.O

And... First? Maybe?

aaa6112 says:

You'd definitely be first if you'd stopped typing at "photos"

gamo62 says:

So. Why can't you use code scanning programs with the 1020? You cannot get close enough to get it to focus. Or I should say it won't focus because the code is too close.

CJ Thunder says:

Ditto, same with myfitnesspal scanning upc.

Ed Boland says:

it'll focus on the barcodes / qrcodes, just don't hold it as close. You'll be suprised how far away it can still focus on the codes.

Slater_GS says:

^This
Granted I haven't used the 1020 (damn you Verizon!), but for both my 822 and my wifes 928 we had the same focusing issue until I realized you do not need to be close at all.
In fact you can be quite far away (Just did a 1.5"x1.5" QR code from about 14" and it picked it up right away.)
With my Droid X2, I had to get up really close and fit it within a certain box and hold it for it to register right. Now that I realized how to actually use it on my 822, it is very quick and never fails.

gtbuzz says:

That's one really annoything thing I've noticed with the 1020 - the minimum focus distance is much greater than the 920. Makes scanning QR codes, bar codes and the like kind of a pain. The code scanning feature in the Amazon app has become kind of useless unfortunately. I've found MFD on the 1020 is about 5", whereas it's about 2.5" on the 920. Makes a pretty big difference for the aforementioned applications.

gamo62 says:

It would be nice if the scanning programs allowed you to zoom in on the image.

Rick Smits says:

Those are amazing pictures. I have great pictures of the Adirondack Mountains in NY (includes the Highest peak in NY). It would look great on my hiking ventures. Too bad my upgrade isn't til 2015. My NL920 will do the trick til then.

CJ Thunder says:

This is amazing. Maybe more camera grips with lenses?

flamewave000 says:

A camera grip with a universal camera lens connector for hot swapping different lenses! It could be generic if it had to, but it would be awesome to be able to easily swap lenses.

DJCBS says:

Nokia should take the chance to close some deals with Sony to allow the pairing of their QX lenses to Nokia phones. They pair with NFC. It's stupid that they *could* pair to an iOS device (if Apple had NFC) but not WP.

myjota says:

I cannot believe

DHX says:

Nice DoF on that ladybug pic! I've done some macro shots and video even on my 1020. My technique is to zoom in all the way first, then use Manual Focus to sharpen the capture, then shoot away! The results are usually pretty good.

gevabar says:

Wow nice photos....

Jean80 says:

*greater depth of field. 
facepalm

jaywinjv says:

Didn't he mean shallow depth of field? 

Nakazul says:

I'm no xpert, but can't you zoom afterwards? Isn't that the point with 41mp? Thurrott made some amazing bug pics and said the point of the camera is going backwards. Like take photo first, then process the result. I'm confused.

mrolympia74 says:

Well after you zoom to,a certain extent you lose quality. This is the full rez photo of the lady bug in which you can still zoom.

Los says:

I noticed this even with the 920. You have to choose Close Up in the settings for it to work too

MediaCastleX says:

Let's take this another step further shall we? I wonder if third party solutions for phone cases and attachable lenses could be made for the Lumia 1020...just like how you can attach a tripod to the camera grip Nokia makes? =D

dqgeek says:

Would be nice if Nokia could work a deal with Zeiss Optics for attachable lenses/cases for their phone products. My sis-in-law has a case for her iPhone that has a zoom lens that attaches to it. Maybe they could do something like that for us.

mtiede says:

Hmmm... Count the number of legs. None total up to 8. So I'm not seeing a spider anywhere.

Strangis says:

That's because the spider pic is in the linked thread.

mtiede says:

Ah, I'll have to check it out

mtiede says:

Hmm... Can't view the link on my Nokia Lumia 928.

Interesting, my 521 actually takes really good close ups.

navidee says:

I'm wondering how well those magnetic lenses work that wpc looked at earlier this year. I'm really tempted to buy a set for my 1020.

mados123 says:

Manual review of spellchecking needed. "AccentAE86 does not that in shooting macro with the Lumia 1020..." - note.
Great pics, btw.

colbey427 says:

I'm using a magnetic lens for macro now, the results are quite good. Can't post any pictures here, but they are quite clear and focused.

LadyRocki says:

I've taken some great close ups with my L920 but I am quite intrigued by adding an additional lens for macro. I know what I'll be doing today.

neogodless says:

"does not that in"
The what who forever!

ajftl says:

Im heading to my local camera store

CeeGii says:

now Nokia/MS should make a Camera Grip that has a mount at the front to attatch this Macro Filter and a lot of other attatchments

Arsenic17 says:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/71695177@N07/9639902220/

 

My absolute best macro shot so far with the 1020. No attachments or filters. BTW that is the scaled down version I posted to instagram...

mikeymike74 says:

What lens did he use to get those shots?