6. Specialty Lenses

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ISO 100 • 1/60 sec. • f/8 • 100mm

Macros and tilt-shifts

I don’t often practice macro photography (which requires a lens that is essentially a low-powered microscope), but for two consecutive weeks each year I lead a photography field course in a diverse area of Texas rich in greenery and natural color. During that time, shooting the expanse of flowers is just not enough. I also need to get low and close to my subject matter—so close that a trusty telephoto lens is useless due to its long minimum focusing distance. To get extremely close, I need a dedicated macro lens, designed to have a short minimum focusing distance, ...

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