macro focus

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  1. zakhopper316

    zakhopper316 TPF Noob!

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    i got a 70-300mm lens for christmas and i dont understand what the macro focus switch is used for.[​IMG][/IMG]
     
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    fokker No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It limits the focus range that the lens can focus on, so that you are always focusing in the macro (close) range rather than letting the autofocus hunt over a large focus range that macro lenses are capable of.
     
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    thanks, does it work better when you are zoomed in on something big thats far away like a boat, or something small thats close like an apple?
     
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    Something close, often times just a few inches from the camera. Usually when taking a macro, you get as close as possible to the object.

    Your lens should have the minimum distance needed to take a macro photo printed on it (or in the manual). Usually it ranges from a few inches to a few feet. Also, consider a tripod and a remote like the Nikon ML-L3 to reduce camera shake and increase sharpness.
     
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