It is commonly known that macro lens are capable of focusing very close to the subject, but recently some other lens can also focus comparably close to some macro lenses, but with much lower magnification.
As a concrete example, the Tamron 28-200mm can achieve a min. focusing distance of 19cm at 28mm, but the maximum magnification is only 0.32x. Where the Laowa 25mm macro has a min. focusing distance of 17cm, but can achieve 5x magnification.
So what am I missing here? If the subject is at the same distance, and the focal length is the same, is it reasonable that one lens will produce a much larger image than the other? This seem contradictory to that focal length dictates the angle of view, so how can it be achieved? I know in my example the distance and focal length are not exactly the same, but they are pretty close, yet the difference in magnification is significant.
The question is not answered here because in my case the focal length of two lenses are much more close, and they are both full-frame lenses. It is not answered here either because the first line of the answer says:
I suppose it might be theoretically possible for a zoom lens design to have a shorter MFD at a shorter focal length, but I've never came across such a lens.
Yet here I am providing one such concrete example very close to matching his criterion.