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The MACRO aspect of the Canon 24-70 f2.8 ?

 
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Mar 08, 2011 08:45 |  #1

How does the MACRO aspect of this lens do? I like the idea of a general purpose fast zoom lens, but I also would like a Macro too.

I'm not into shooting bugs. But I do like to get reasonaly close to things to capture textures.

Any 24-70 owners, can you chime in please?




  
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Mar 08, 2011 09:55 |  #2

I don't know if I'd really call it 'macro', but it is capable of focusing relatively close (15" or so?), and takes pretty good close ups as far as I'm concerned. (I'm using it on a 20D, so the 1.6x crop factor is part of the reason I'm sure). I take pictures of lampwork beads and jewelry pieces made by my fiancee, and often find myself using the 24-70 over the 100mm macro for finished pieces due to its close focusing abilities and the handy ability to zoom to frame the piece without needing to disturb the tripod position. FWIW.

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Mar 08, 2011 10:05 |  #3

I'm not really sure why they call it "macro," as it's only kind of close. My Tamron 17-50 2.8 can focus a few inches closer at all FLs and it has no mention of "macro" on it :P

No doubt the 24-70 produces great pictures in the "macro" range, but it's not impressively close.


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Mar 08, 2011 10:18 |  #4

For my uses, it gets close enough for some nice detail type shots at the 70mm end. Throw on an extension tube or two and things get even better.


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Mar 08, 2011 10:25 |  #5

The 24-70 does a nice job with close up ( not really macro ) You will get textures and nice details but its not close to what you can do with a macro lens.

This is what you can expect. I shot this with 24-70 at 2.8. Probably not the best example but I shot this when I was testing to see how close I can get.

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Mar 08, 2011 10:36 as a reply to  @ Tommydigi's post |  #6

It isn't Macro in the real sense of the word. I think they call it Macro because it offers slightly better MFD compared to the other lenses in the same range.


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Mar 08, 2011 10:38 as a reply to  @ pixel_junkie's post |  #7

Gotcha. Thanks for the input guys ^




  
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Mar 08, 2011 11:58 |  #8

Here's a few more close up examples...

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Mar 08, 2011 12:22 as a reply to  @ MichSt's post |  #9

my stinkin job has a websense filter so I can't view flickr material, arrrrg.
but thanks for posting the images - i'll take a look at them tonight when I get home

I'm not looking for anything nutz. i'm not a hardcore Macro shooter - so perhaps the 24-70 will be 'good enough'. and i really need a walkaround fast zoom lens too, so this may be ideal.




  
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Mar 08, 2011 12:28 |  #10

I found the 17-40 did a pretty good job at getting close.


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Mar 08, 2011 12:36 |  #11

Tommydigi wrote in post #11980810 (external link)
I found the 17-40 did a pretty good job at getting close.

yeah, its not bad. MFD is 11 inches vs. the 15 inches of the 24-70.

40mm vs. 70mm hmmmmm......




  
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Mar 08, 2011 13:42 |  #12

m.shalaby wrote in post #11980779 (external link)
I'm not looking for anything nutz. i'm not a hardcore Macro shooter - so perhaps the 24-70 will be 'good enough'. and i really need a walkaround fast zoom lens too, so this may be ideal.

24-70mm and some extension tubes. A 25mm and a 12mm should be close enough for goverment work. (/pardonpun) ~.91X at 70mm.


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Mar 08, 2011 14:07 |  #13

m.shalaby wrote in post #11979487 (external link)
How does the MACRO aspect of this lens do? I like the idea of a general purpose fast zoom lens, but I also would like a Macro too.

I'm not into shooting bugs. But I do like to get reasonaly close to things to capture textures.

Any 24-70 owners, can you chime in please?

It goes to .29x, which isn't bad for a general purpose lens, and you can easily do the maths to check how small an object can fill your frame. I always used it for close-ups before getting a real macro lens.




  
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Mar 08, 2011 14:13 |  #14

I don't think (at least in the manual or on the Canon US website) they actually claim it's a macro; even a macro zoom.


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Mar 08, 2011 14:19 |  #15

Jon wrote in post #11981566 (external link)
I don't think (at least in the manual or on the Canon US website) they actually claim it's a macro; even a macro zoom.

Yes, its considered a Macro by Canon. It has "Macro" written right on the lens. Probably due to the 1.25ft MFD...




  
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