close-up photography with 70-300 mm lens

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Bernard Delley Senior Member • Posts: 1,698
close-up photography with 70-300 mm lens
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All (?) Nikon 70-300mm zoom lenses have an minimum focus distance allowing about 0.25x close up photography. With a crop sensor camera this results in a field of view as small as about 64 x 96 mm, which is close enough for many types of flowers and critters. And it comes with a very high working distance in front of the lens. Since the 70-300mm lens maybe already, or become, your long lens for travel, you have that along with no extra equipment.

The image below illustrates these facts in a test setup:

the AF-P 70-300 shows 61mm of the ruler vertically in LV on the D7100 with its 15.6mm high sensor. This is an imaging ratio of ~0.25. The image documents minimum focus distance of 1.2m and the large working distance of > 0.9m.

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon D7100
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