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I am confused about macro lenses (or micro as Nikon calls them). Can we shoot normal (Nature) scenes using the macro lens?

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possible duplicate of What's the difference between a regular lens and a macro lens? – mattdm Mar 9 '13 at 13:21

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Macro lenses can be used on subjects at more normal distances. They are not just for close up objects. You can shoot portraits with the 60mm or 105mm Micro for example, as those are good focal lengths for portraits.

Macro lenses are generally very sharp, but bokeh may not be as nice as a standard lens.

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There are, though, a few notable exceptions. Both Canon (the 65mm MP-E f/2.8 macro) and Minolta (AF 3x-1x f/1.7-2.8 Macro, no longer beng produced under Sony) have dedicated macro-only lenses that will not focus further away than 1:1, and most of the bellows macro lenses from the manual focus days are mechanically prevented (by the bellows) from getting close enough to the sensor for infinity focus. But they are exceptions, and their macro only nature is almost always pointed out in catalogs, etc. – user2719 Mar 9 '13 at 15:25
great....this helped indeed – Martha James Aug 28 '14 at 7:45

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