I received this question earlier this week:
Why are my close up shots out of focus?
A question like this is vague, when delving into the technical side of things. I assumed this person wanted to take Macro shots (you know those killer detail shots of a bee’s legs covered in pollen 🙂 ), but they were not getting the results they wanted.
Here is a little tip: Every lens has a minimum working distance (aka minimum focus distance). This means the lens you are using will not perform the way you want it to, if you put it closer to the subject than the minimum working (focus) distance.
Take the AF-S Nikon 24-70 2.8 for instance. The Minimum Focus Distance is 1.2ft. This means that if you are photographing a water bottle, you cannot bring the lens closer than 1.2ft of the water bottle. If you do, you will not get the image in focus.
If you want to take close up shots that show amazing detail, you will need a Close Up Lens. Sometimes they are called Macro Lenses, but Nikon calls them Micro lenses. For instance, the AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 has a minimum focus distance of .6 feet. You can get really close and due to the nature of the lens, capture amazing detail.
Have a great weekend!