Here is my answer to this member's question:
A: Dear eBay Member,
To answer your question directly, many EF Series zoom with the "Macro" focusing range do a very credible job with close-ups (for a "zoom" model). However, they do not offer the maximum possible image magnification. The "Closest Focusing Distance" is quite near to the "subject", but not the closest possible. For really close-focus macro pictures you might need a "True Macro Prime" (fixed focal length) model that can get VERY close to your subject (less than 12").
Canon makes two excellent REAL macro lenses that are capable of very high magnification, the EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact-Macro and the EF 100 f/2.8 Macro. There are no "TRUE MACRO" zooms, that capability is reserved for "PRIME" lenses only.
If you want to capture things that the eye does not usually see, you need a real "TRUE MACRO" prime lens. I like the 50mm Compact-Macro because it is affordable and it produces outstanding results. If you need 1:1 "Life-Size" images, you may add the Canon EF Life-Size Adapter that works specifically with this great lens.
I have a review of that model in eBay Reviews & Guides. To find this guide, go to any of my current auction listings and click on ProfAudio1, it will take you to my profile. Click on "View My Reviews & Guides", it will take you to my submissions. Select "Guides" and go to page 2. Find the Buyer's Guide titled "Canon EF 50mm Compact-Macro lens; Details Revealed!" (Guide ID: 10000000003443547). It will give you my personal observations and commentary about the lens, as well as the optional "Life-Size" Converter that is made to compliment this wonderful model. If you want to see some of the photos that I have taken with this model, that could also be arranged. EBay only allows very small images to be posted in their Guides.
I hope that this information will be helpful for you. Please, let me know if you need more assistance.
Introduction To The Q & A Guide Series:
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