Extension Tube or Macro Lens?

Started Apr 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
saintz
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Re: Extension Tube or Macro Lens?
In reply to KM Legacy, Apr 23, 2013

KM Legacy wrote:

Macro lenses are corrected for close-up work, unlike normal 50mm lenses. Also, with a macro you can focus from infinity to 1:2 (1:1 with some lenses), whereas once your extension tube is mounted on a normal lens, you are locked into a specific close range. Macro lenses are excellent general-purpose lenses unless you really need the high speed of "normal" lenses; they are usually among the sharpest lenses in any mfr's line.

Is that sharpness difference typically noticeable when shooting closeups of, say, a baby's fingers or  the peel of an orange sitting on a table? Or more noticeable when trying to get a flat image of a stamp (which would be better done on a scanner anyway)?

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