We often advise about and supply photographic equipment, and one of the more common queries is, “I want to photograph flowers and so what macro (micro) lens do I need?” Well, you may not actually need one. If you have a telephoto zoom, the chances are that it can easily be used to photograph flowers and other small objects very effectively, and sometimes, even better than a dedicated macro lens. Those long focal length lenses make for wonderful Bokeh and extremely shallow depth of field which results in excellent subject separation.
Look, it’s not going to replace a dedicated macro lens – when you need to go to 1:1 magnification it’s what you need – but you can do some great close-up photography with a long telephoto zoom. Rack it out to it’s maximum setting – 300, 400 or even 500 if you have it, set the focus to its closest and go and play…
Photo details” Nikon D7100 and Nikkor AF-S 80 – 400mm lens. ISO 200, 1/250 at f10.
Roger de la Harpe