There is a discussion on Photographyfree4all’s blog about macro photography. I just thought I’d throw this image into the mix. I own a Tamron 90mm macro lens. It is an excellent lens. However, sometimes when I am on the trail or in the field, it is inconvenient to carry extra lenses. I hike with what ever I can fit into my pockets.
Such was the case with the following picture. I was really on a nature trail in Big Bend National Park, carrying only my Canon 7D with my Canon 100-400mm lens attached, plus a set of binoculars, as my quest was whatever birds I could see.
I came upon this area where there was a wetlands, with a boardwalk across it. Near the shore, in the reeds, I spotted this Dragonfly. Perhaps my good friend Jim Miller can identify the species for me. But, anyway, I used my fore-mentioned 100-400mm lens set-up. I hand=held and focused as best I could. I then cropped when editing.
The point that I am trying to make, is that you can get macro photos in extenuating circumstances, using other lenses. Click the image for an enlargement.