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

Started Aug 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
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In some cases very little...
In reply to locke42, Aug 3, 2012

...other than marketing bs!

The Sigma 24 f/1.8 is labelled as a macro but isn't a true macro in the sense that it can't focus down to 1:1, it only manages about 1:2.7

I wouldn't worry about the macro designation at all in this case as this lens was not designed primarily for close up work, it just happens to focus quite close so they called it a macro.

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