Well okay, for boring technical reasons the 100-400mm lens I used for this shot can not actually be said to be doing ‘true’ macro. But seriously, who cares about technicalities when all you want is a picture?
This Monarch butterfly was about 2 metres away when I took this shot. And the telephoto effect helped to make a nice soft background in ways which a regular macro lens couldn’t match and it still managed to capture heaps of sharp detail. So if you have a zoom lens, try zooming in as far as you can and focusing as close as you can, to see how it handles the smaller stuff.