Apr. 26 2015
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I'm constantly reminded of this legendary (42 years and counting!) Tower of Power song (and, by the way, Rocco Prestia rules!). In relation to things photographic, that is.
Because I'm going to give another excuse to my friends to point out I'm trying too hard to be hip. Never mind, I've been called a hipster before, as far as photographic gear goes (though I couldn't be mistaken for a hipster even by someone as blind as a bat).
There is no other way around it; if you need a macro lens, you need a macro lens. Though, sometimes, you don't.
Dedicated macro lenses can be expensive and, in many cases, they can end up being a one trick pony. For example, not having especially fast apertures, they might not be extra useful in low light or limited DoF portraiture.
Two things happened recently, which motivated me to write this article. The idea that "Fuji is cheating with ISO" has resurfaced; but this time, a number of interesting observations were made in regards to in camera RAW files. And I also had a look at my (rather limited) photo sales from last year. And was surprised to discover half of them were coming from in-camera JPEGs.