Common photography myths (11)

Myth #10: Macro lenses are only sharp at close distances

September 5th, 2009 - 08:44:09 PM:

I don't know if this was ever true, maybe half a century ago. Today's macro lenses are just as sharp at close distances as at infinity focus. You can use a macro lens for general photography just like any other lens.

There are a number of general statements about photography passed off as “the truth”. They are repeated again and again in introductory texts about photography and on the Internet. Repetition, however, doesn't make a false statement true. Here are the most common myths I've encountered: