Close up versus Macro Lens, is there a difference?

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Close up versus Macro Lens, is there a difference?
Jul 21, 2011

Probably a stupid question, Lord knows I'm full of them, but what's the difference between a Close Up lens and a Macro Lens? I'm interested in the Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM Zoom Lens and it states that it is ideal for close ups on B&H's site.

If it's not good for Macro photography are there any low cost macro lenses recommended? It's my birthday next week and I need to give my wife some ideas.

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Peteo

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