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Old Apr 22, 2007, 7:24 AM   #1
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I'm purchasing a new DSLR......looking at lens choices.....some interesting options.....but I am confused by the MACRO tag. On my point and shoot, macro meant close up focus......now I see strong telephoto zooms (18 - 125 and bigger) labeled MACRO. Does this mean I should not use them for regular shooting, or does it mean they are good for both normal and macro work?


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Old Apr 22, 2007, 7:48 AM   #2
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A macro zoom lens has a much closer MFD (minimum focus distance) compared to normal zooms.

It will likely not be as powerful as a conventional macro lens, ie you will not get a magnification of 1:1 , but a macro zoom is still useful as a combination "do it all" lens.
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Hi and welcome to the forums!!

Sintares is right however that is a new acronym to me, everything seems to be getting abbreviated!!

What sort of shooting are you looking at doing as I'm sure there are plenty of people here who will be able to give the advice you need on cameras and lenses.

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Old Apr 27, 2007, 1:49 AM   #4
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Sintares wrote:
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It will likely not be as powerful as a conventional macro lens, ie you will not get a magnification of 1:1 , but a macro zoom is still useful as a combination "do it all" lens.
However many will still do as good as 1:2 which is not bad at all.... 1:1 is really only useful for real tiny things you can climb right on top off, and they don't run away.

While a Macro Tele/zoom you can be like 3 ft away.
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 7:26 PM   #5
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I think any lens that gets to a 1:4 ratio can call itself a macro lens. That seems true for the largish range zoom lenses.
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