Question from a newbie, regarding lenses

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    I'm a real newbie, my question may sound stupid but I have to ask, are there lenses that work as macro and normal lenses? If I want to shoot macro do I need a lens exclusively for macros?


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    Most macro lenses are simply prime lenses which will also focus close up. As such they make excellent portarait lenses. I love my 60mm macro for 'regular' shots since it's so much sharper than my kit zoom.

    The main exception to the above I can think of is the Canon MP-E65 which can only be used for macro work.

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    on some lens, you can use a close-up filter. You didn't mention which system you shoot, but for Canon, you could look into the 500D or 250D. Hope that helps

    -Keegan

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    Is there any reason I should consider the 500D or 250D instead of an EF 25 II of EF 12 II extension tube? Other than what I consider a slight difference in cost what are the reasons to choose one over the other? The extension tubes look like they would fit more different lenses. If it makes any difference I have a 5d Mark II.

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    your really going to have to manually focus with a true 1:1 macro anyway, so i would just look for an older manual focus macro lens.
    that way, you get a dedicated 1:1 macro lens instead of just adding thread on lenses or tubes.

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    If you want to do macro shots have you considered a reverse ring?
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    There are so many lenses that can act as both a macro and standard lens. For Nikon, I ADORE my 28-105, which goes into macro from 50-105. I've shot tons of product photography with that lens. I also have an older Sigma 100-200 that has a few different macro positions. What system are you shooting on?


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