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    somnathchatterjee

    i want to purchase a telephoto lens 70-300 sigma APO DG for wildlife photography and searched through the web but i found that it is macro. i had a conception that a macro lens is different from a telephoto lens and they perform different functions. i am a bit confused about that particular lens. can anybody clear my point and suggest me?

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    31 Jul 2009 - 5:21 PM

    There are a lot of lenses out their that are considered to be macro lenses but the truth is that many of them dont give the real life ratio that dedicated macros do so the lens in question is a telephoto lens that is capable of close up focusing but it is not a true macro so dont let that put you of buying it if wildlife photography is what you want it for.

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    jondf
    jondf  72474 forum posts
    31 Jul 2009 - 6:21 PM

    The Sigma lens you refer to is a telephoto lens but with the added advantage that it also has a macro facility built in to it.

    Switching to and from macro can be a bit fiddly but I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it. For what it costs, you get a lot of lens for the money. Just make sure you get the APO version.

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    mohikan22
    mohikan22  102187 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    31 Jul 2009 - 7:05 PM

    its the same lens i have and although i dont use the macro function (i have a seperate macro lens) its still a good alround lens as stated.

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    somnathchatterjee

    thanks all for your help.

    Graywolf
    Graywolf  7964 forum posts United Kingdom
    1 Aug 2009 - 8:25 PM

    A true macro lens will give you a 1:1 ratio, that is a life size image on the sensor (or film)

    The Sima 70 - 300 is a telephoto lens with a 'macro' facility. What this means is that it has quite a short minimum focus distance but it won't give you a life size image on the sensor.

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