Macro Lens VS Normal Lens


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know that macro lens can enable you to take a shot really damn close-up with 1:1.

just curious about can we use macro lens like any macro lens to shoot normal portrait, landscape shots?

for e.g AF 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro
& any other AF 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Non-Macro
 

KY1977

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For the macro lens, you can shoot closer to your object. If you are shooting portrait, you can use it like a normal non macro lens. Deselect the macro range so that the focusing would not go to the macro range.
 

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If you want to, sure you can.

You can even shoot macro with any lens.
 

ijnek

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it depends on the min focusin distance of ur len...

hmmm...say u hv a tele len, u zoom in on a nearby object and snap a close-up pic...is it consider marco?
 

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but i tried using normal lens, i cant get too close to the object. at least footstep away...
You can try getting a Raynox to compliment your 50mm.
Can get quite good macro shots with this combo.
Used to have a Raynox DCR250 with my 50mm prime.
Min focus becomes approx. 12cm.
 

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though not just any macro lens, those specialised ones only can focus in the macro range ie. MP-E 65mm 1-5x
 

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You can try getting a Raynox to compliment your 50mm.
Can get quite good macro shots with this combo.
Used to have a Raynox DCR250 with my 50mm prime.
Min focus becomes approx. 12cm.
any idea how much it costs?
Thanks~!


btw, i saw fellow CSer selling macro filters. are they useful?
 

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.Hack

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any idea how much it costs?
Thanks~!


btw, i saw fellow CSer selling macro filters. are they useful?
The Raynox DCR250 will cost $120 new.
As for macro filters extension tubes etc., i still prefer the Raynox. :D
 

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im also wondering the same thing.. i have identical setup as TS.. and im looking for a longer telephoto zoom lens.. something in the range of 55-250/70-300mm etc.. and im also interested in doing macro photography.. wondering if i should look out for a macro zoom lens, if it can give same quality pics for landscape and other uses etc
 

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macro lenses are great not just for macro but for portraits as well..
i've a canon 100mm f2.8 macro.
damn good portrait lenses. of course the focusing is the best at the macro range.
 

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sorry, noob here.

if i want to shoot some onstage...but i am a distance to the stage, what type of lens to use huh so i can take a close up of the person's face clearly? very noob...heh:sweat:
 

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those that are eg. sigma 70-300 macro, may not be true macro... it may be just 1:3 (object is 1/3 life size). this is normally good enough for normal shots though, unless you like super super macro.

wrt to filters/extention tubes, i personally think they're a good way to start macro. i used to think i liked macro a lot, but after i used my filter a few times i realised that macro shots were getting boring. might be worth considering this, as a 'true' macro lens is very expensive (compared to a cheap filter). i use a fixed 52mm +4 diopter, but the raynox 250 has the benefit of fitting a variety of lens thread sizes.

sleven: you can use any tele lens (eg. 200mm and above) depending on the distance from the stage, preferably with VR/OS/IS, as the lighting is unlikely to be bright enough for good handhelds otherwise
 

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