Getting into Macro

Started Jul 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
Steve Balcombe
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Re: Start with tubes
In reply to Kevyb, Jul 27, 2012

Kevyb wrote:

Thanks for everyone's replies. Some interesting stuff there. I was surprised that this lens (100 macro) can be used like the 50 mm prime, how does that work if it's a macro lense

Almost all macro lenses focus all the way from infinity down to close enough for 1:1 magnification (how close that is depends on the focal length). For example the 100/2.8 macro behaves just like the 100/2 prime except that it has a closer minimum focusing distance.

The only significant exception is Canon's MP-E 65 which is a specialist lens which takes over where other macros finish. It has a minimum magnification of 1:1 and goes up to 5:1 (5x).

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