Macro Or Not (Getting to know your equipment).
I have two prime micro lenses. With either of these lens I can get really close to the subject. The problem with such close up shooting is the loss of depth of field. No matter how closed down the lens aperture is there is going to be some area of the image that is out of focus. If you have a subject that you are shooting straight on like a painting and you can get your film plane to be parallel with the painting you can get everything in focus and sharp.
If the subject is at an angle to the parallel you will get parts that are out of focus once you get closer than a certain distance. In some cases you can get pretty close to the macro image with a zoom lens or a longer lens without going to macro mode. It pays to know how close you can get with each of your lenses. You need to know your equipment.
In my case I’ve researched all my lens and have put together a list of minimum focus distances. I keep them in Evernote because I can retrieve the information from all of my devices, computers, ipad, phone.
- AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8D 1.5′ (0.48m)
- AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED VR 1.25′ (0.38m)
- AF-SVR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G IF-ED 4.9′ (1.5m)
- AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm F/3.5-4.5D IF ED 1.1′ (0.33m)
- AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F2.8D 0.72′ (0.22m)
- AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G IF-ED 1.0′ (0.314m)
With my 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED VR i can move in as close as 16 inches from the subject. At the 85mm zoom I can get some good detailed shots with a lot of depth of field. I’ve just put my 70-300mm on the endangered list as the 28-300mm now out has a minium focus distance of 18 inches. At 300mm that should get me pretty close.