I'm interested to know what benefits there are from using a dedicated macro lens as opposed to a zoom lens with macro ability.
- Will a zoom lens be capable of close focus when zoomed in fully?
- Will a zoom lens be capable of similar magnification ratios?
- Will a zoom lens be as sharp?
As background information, I am interested in 1:1 magnification ratio and above as I want to be able to capture close-ups of insects etc using a DSLR with a APS-C sensor.