Macro photography refers to close-up photography; the classical definition for macro photography that the image projected on the "film plane" is close to the same size as the subject. On 35 mm film , the lens is typically optimized to focus sharply on a small area approaching the size of the film frame. Most 35mm format macro lenses achieve at least 1:2, that is to say, the image on the film is 1/2 the size of the object being photographed. Many 35mm macro lenses are 1:1, meaning the image on the film is the same size as the object being photographed. Another important distinction for macro photography is that lenses designed for macro photography are usually at their sharpest at macro focus distances and are not quite as sharp at other focus distances.