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30 Days of Batis 2/40 CF
A Batis adventure and a personal photography scratch book with a creative touch.
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Day #20 – close focus

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF – f/11, 1sec, ISO200, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF – f/11, 1sec, ISO200, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

All right, it's time to focus close on Close Focus. As most of you probably already know the Batis 2/40 CF has a Close Focus ability which means that a lens can focus closer than most lenses in a similar category. This means that you can get closer to objects you shoot, they will appear bigger in the frame and you can see smaller details. For Batis 2/40 CF the minimum focusing distance is 24cm (0.78 ft) which gives it a magnification ratio of 1:3.3. This is not a macro level magnification which often means 1:1 or 1:2 ratios with dedicated macro lenses. So you should not expect Batis 2/40 CF to substitute a dedicated macro lens (although there might be certain workarounds for some), but it does offer an ability to have a different point of view into the scene which ultimately adds to the versatility of the lens.

To be honest, when I first read about this feature I thought it would redundant for me. I don't do flower or butterfly pictures and besides that the Close Focus seemed like 'an additional feature' that only made the lens bigger. 'Well, compromises I can probably live with', I thought. But having used the Batis 2/40 CF a bit more I've realized that I had a misconception when I placed Close Focus on a level with usual macro features. Instead I've learned that it's very good for all kinds of close up shots as you can definitely get close enough in most situations. Exploring scene from 'the close up's point of view' usually makes me see it from a different point of view which differs from both normal and macro distances. For example, when I'm done with the standard pictures I can, without changing a lens, turn into details and will often come up with surprising pictures. So much that I've realized that this kind of 'close-up-picture-type' has actually been missing from my repertoire. So, it's not about hairy butterflies and such, but I could guess that it is very useful for wedding photographers, food photographers and so on. Personally, I look forward to see how this new approach will enrich my family photojournalism. For example, throwing some close up shots in between normal shots will surely make photo sequences more interesting as it introduces some visual variation into stories. In other words, I see a lot of potential in Batis 2/40 CF's Close Focus ability that I didn't see there at first – just don't confuse it with macro photography where photographers chase things that are invisible for the naked eye. Instead the Batis 2/40 CF offers a great tool for story telling with close up shots and can enrich your story telling.

Ps. If you want to see some details check out the full size version of today's picture here at my Dropbox-account.