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

Started Aug 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
Le Kilt
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AF speed can be slower
In reply to locke42, Aug 3, 2012

One effect of enabling a lens to focus closer is that it can be slower hunting for focus. Some lenses, macro and others, have a button to limit the closer focusing range when you don't need it to prevent this slower focusing.

So yes, you can use a macro lens for general shooting, and they often give great quality, but you should check reviews to see if the AF is fast enough in non-macro shooting, particularly if you want to be able to snap moments almost instataneously.

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