macro vs non-macro

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by just x joey, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. just x joey

    just x joey TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Messages:
    946
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Ocean City, MD
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    can a non-macro lens shoot non-macro images? like can u use a macro lens for portraits and landscapes?
     
  2. woodsac

    woodsac TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2005
    Messages:
    5,712
    Likes Received:
    260
    Location:
    In a black hole
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Yes, you can shoot portraits and lanscapes with a macro.
     
  3. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,500
    Likes Received:
    478
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Macro lenses are great for portriats, but some people don't like them because they're a little too sharp, so you can see anything and everything on people's faces.
     
  4. nakedyak

    nakedyak TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2005
    Messages:
    451
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    as long as it isn't the MP-65mm canon macro lens, that goes from 1-5x. I believe that lens cannot focus to infinity. Other than that, a normal macro lens should be fine, as long as it focuses to infinity. macro lenses are usually very sharp too
     
  5. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2003
    Messages:
    7,021
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    Lawrence, KS
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Macro doesn't have anything to do with sharpness. It's a term that describes a lens that can achieve a magnification ratio of 1:1 or greater.

    Watch out for manufacturers that use the term "macro" to sell lenses. They have dilluted the meaning to be anything that focuses closer than normal (3 feet or so), or can get magnification ratios of 1:4 or better. Real macro = 1:1 or better. This means if you photograph a dime with film, you could lay the dime over the image of the dime on the neg, and it would be the same size. 1:4 means the dime on the neg would be 1/4th life size.

    Macro lenses are usually in the higher end of a manufacturer's lens line, and they are usually prime lenses. These factors could be why they are sharper than some other lenses, but if you compare a macro lens to a high quality prime lens (or even some high end zooms), they should be about the same in terms of sharpness.
     
  6. nakedyak

    nakedyak TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2005
    Messages:
    451
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    my point was the most "real" macro lenses, 1:1 lenses, are inherently sharp lenses.
     
  7. just x joey

    just x joey TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Messages:
    946
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Ocean City, MD
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    so... why wouldnt u buy a macro lens? seems like, just buy a macro incase u need the macro setting...
     
  8. nakedyak

    nakedyak TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2005
    Messages:
    451
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    well, a "real" macro lens is going to be a prime lens. A zoom macro lens will usually only focus to a 1:2 ratio. Usually a 50mm, 60mm, 90 or 100mm, 150mm or 180mm lens will be your good macro lenses. Unfortunately, do to the lens being required to focus very close, the lenses usually do not focus as quickly as other primes, but they can be used for other good things as long as you don't need them to focus closely.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
macro 100mm lens vs a non macro
,
macro lens for non macro photography
,
macro lens vs non macro
,
macro lens vs not macro
,
macro lenses vz non macro
,
macro non macro
,

macro vs non macro

,

macro vs non macro lens

,
macro vs non-macro
,
shooting macro non-macro lens