What's the difference between a lens labeled "Macro" and one that isn't?

Started Aug 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
Philip Kendall
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Re: What's the difference between a lens labeled "Macro" and one that isn't
In reply to locke42, Aug 3, 2012

locke42 wrote:

I'm just wondering what's the difference between a non-macro prime and a macro prime

Fundamentally, the macro lens will have a minimum focal distance (MFD) which is smaller than the non-macro one. As others have pointed out, this has consequences for size, weight and price, but the lens is still suitable as a general purpose lens.

About the only exception to this is the MP-E 65mm lens, which cannot focus to infinity (and is manual focus only).

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