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Thread: Macro vs Zoom Lems

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    Body: Canon EOS 20D

    Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM f/4-5.6
    Zoomed to 85mm, and focused as close as possible


    Lens: Canon EF 100mm Macro USM f/2.8
    True macro, 1:1


    The Macro lens can get a lot closer. Notice, though, the top of the quarter in the 100mm photo is out-of-focus compared to the bottom; the camera was at a slight angle to the quarter. Macro lenses have a VERY shallow depth of field.
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    And the camera also needs to be mounted on a very stable tripod and operated with a remote shutter release. With a stable set-up, you can close the aperture way down to give a better depth of field. It isn't so important with something ~flat like a quarter, but it can be critical for a clear picture of something like a flower that has depth. A lot of the art in photography comes from how the depth of field is manipulated.
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    has anyone ever noticed on the state quarters the initials of the person who designed it? on the indiana one its i think JW. its on the lower right underneath the "heel" of the state. its very small
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