Do I need a macro lens if I have long zoom?

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gaius
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Do I need a macro lens if I have long zoom?
Mar 8, 2011

For basic macro shots of butterflies and bugs on flower, shots of whole insect, let say I have 45mm-200mm, do I still need macro lens such as 45mm? My guess is with the long zoom I can still zoom in to get good close up of the subject.

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