If the photographer would like to photograph food, flowers, small animals or insects, a macro lens is most suitable. With a magnification of 1:2 or 1:1, fascinating close-up photographs are possible. Even though such macro lenses are comparatively a little heavier, such lenses are recommendable for nature photographers. It is ultimately the case that those who photograph with a macro lens find it difficult to go back to not using one.
For those who seldom have to do with macro photography, it doesn't make any sense for them to invest in expensive extra lenses because with a close-up lens, a reversal ring or an extension tube, standard lenses can be tuned in order to take macro photographs.
Gritt Hiersemann recommends: «If you want to save a little bit of money, but still want to photograph an ant or a bee on a flower, in other words in the macro range, you don't have to spend a lot of money on macro lenses. […] You can buy extension tubes. You can buy a set of three for a relatively low price when compared to the effect achieved. You screw these between your existing lenses and the camera, and this creates the exact same effect as with a macro lens: You can go up close and then have fantastic macro photographs afterwards. »
Due to the fact that the exposure time with macro lenses is longer than is the case with other lenses and small animals tend to run away before you have taken the photograph, it is also possible to choose a tele-macro lens. A further possibility is to choose a lens with a 100mm focal length. This makes a large distance to the motif possible without losing any desired properties of the photograph being lost.
- Focal length: 60-100 mm
- Depth of field: Low in the case of a low f-number
- Suitable for: Nature photographs, plant photographs, insect photographs
- Tips: Maintain a minimum distance between the object and lens
Pros:The best imaging properties in the close-up range, this allows motifs to be better isolated, many manual set-up possibilities
Cons: Sharp pictures are usually only possible at a limited distance to the object being photographed, limited light intensity