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    Default Nikon Micro and Normal lens

    Let's say I have a 50mm 1.8g lens and another 50mm micro/macro lens.

    Can the macro lens also work normally besides doing close range photography ?
    Or one has to buy both the lens ?

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    Of course you can use the 50mm macro for other stuffs....But the only difference (ignoring IQ factors) will be that your max aperture will be at f2.x instead of f1.8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lotus80
    Let's say I have a 50mm 1.8g lens and another 50mm micro/macro lens.

    Can the macro lens also work normally besides doing close range photography ?
    Or one has to buy both the lens ?
    Yes u can use it for ppl shooting, landscapes etc as long as the focal length fits. One of my favourite landscape lens is a macro lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy
    One of my favourite landscape lens is a macro lens.

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    Which one? Just curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyStrike View Post
    Of course you can use the 50mm macro for other stuffs....But the only difference (ignoring IQ factors) will be that your max aperture will be at f2.x instead of f1.8.
    Focusing speed may also be slower on macro lenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotus80 View Post
    Let's say I have a 50mm 1.8g lens and another 50mm micro/macro lens.

    Can the macro lens also work normally besides doing close range photography ?
    Or one has to buy both the lens ?
    50mm normal lens the closer you can get is about 30cm

    the 50mm macro lens can focus from infinity to 1:1. and off course, it is much sharper.


    the 50mm f1.8 lens is only half of the price a 50mm macro lens.

    if close up is important to you than get macro lens, else normal lens is good enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blur Shadow View Post
    Which one? Just curious.
    An old 85mm PC micro. Covers the longer end of landscape for me. Great for panoramas

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    Okayyy, will the 50mm macro lens also give me good bokeh as that of normal 50mm ?

    Thanks for your inputs, getting to know more things :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotus80 View Post
    Okayyy, will the 50mm macro lens also give me good bokeh as that of normal 50mm ?

    Thanks for your inputs, getting to know more things :-)
    Take note that bokeh is the quality of the out of focus areas. This depends on the construction of the lens, and is not dependent on whether it is a macro lens or a normal lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotus80 View Post
    Okayyy, will the 50mm macro lens also give me good bokeh as that of normal 50mm ?

    Thanks for your inputs, getting to know more things :-)
    If you shoot the same subject from the same distance, with both lenses at f/2.8 you will get an identical amount of blur. As for bokeh, the quality of this will depend on the background, your composition and the construction of the lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lotus80 View Post
    Okayyy, will the 50mm macro lens also give me good bokeh as that of normal 50mm ?

    Thanks for your inputs, getting to know more things :-)
    you want to get narrow depth of field effect, just remember this

    open aperture BIG BIG
    put background FAR FAR
    shoot your subject CLOSE CLOSE
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    I thought 50mm can shoot portraits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MicSanity View Post
    I thought 50mm can shoot portraits?
    Of course it can. Why can't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy

    An old 85mm PC micro. Covers the longer end of landscape for me. Great for panoramas
    Interesting. I have not worked with that lens before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MicSanity
    I thought 50mm can shoot portraits?
    Any lens can also handle portrait photography. Some more useful and versatile than others. That's all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    If you shoot the same subject from the same distance, with both lenses at f/2.8 you will get an identical amount of blur. As for bokeh, the quality of this will depend on the background, your composition and the construction of the lens.
    how doesthe construction of the lens affect the bokeh? number of blades?

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    Quote Originally Posted by playhard View Post
    how doesthe construction of the lens affect the bokeh? number of blades?
    And the number of lens elements, and the presence/lack of APD elements, the optical characteristics of the lens design, etc.

    You could have 2 lenses with 8 curved aperture blades, but one will produce crap bokeh highlights and the other will produce good bokeh highlights.

    But you could have the lens with the best specular highlight rendition in the world, but if your background is a mess then you also have bad bokeh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by playhard View Post
    how doesthe construction of the lens affect the bokeh? number of blades?
    correct. the less blade the least rounded your bokeh is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    correct. the less blade the least rounded your bokeh is.
    Yes, but that's just specific to specular highlights. Bokeh is more than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by playhard View Post
    how doesthe construction of the lens affect the bokeh? number of blades?
    Generally more blades would generate rounder out-of-focus point of light, which generally will result in a more pleasing out of focus area of the image. However to get a rounder out-of-focus point of light, not only more blades help, the shape and construction of those blades help too (note that in some lenses, there are no aperture blades - eg. Mirror lens) thus the 'number' of blades don't work here.

    Note that bokeh are actually the aesthetic quality of the blur, and not just the out-of-focus point of light.
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