One camera with one lens for general photography, is the macro as good?
Conclusion... Unfortunately for general photography I think the standard 50mm f1.8 lens has a slight edge over the Nikon f2.8 macro lens (but only just). Its also slower and more bulky. What about the difference in the field between a 60mm and 100mm macro? I would go with the longer lens in most situations unless a wider field of view is essential.
Just a very quick lens test (1 hour total) to see how these 3 lenses compare in resolution, contrast and colour at f10. The first set are straight out of the camera. The 3 below the first set are whole images with slight curve adjustment.
Conclusion... They're all good lenses with similar results when used at optimum aperture in flat light.
The Zeiss ( f2 ) may have a slight edge in certain lighting conditions but only goes to half life size.
Slow growing and just out in leaf this week - Nothofagus gunnii - Fuscospora gunnii is very rarely seen in cultivation - It is the only deciduous tree in Tasmania. The name was changed in 2013 by some but not all have accepted it. See link to the plant list where it remains Nothofagus
Ian Watt is a UK Based photographer and horticulturist specialising in garden photography, nature photography and landscapes.