When I was taking pictures the other day I switched from normal mode to macro. I couldn't get it back into normal mode so I pushed as hard as I could on the front of the lens when it was at 300 mm. The thing made a noise and went back in to 70 mm but now I can't zoom in unless I pull the lens out. It is throwing my autofocus off and I can't even manually focus. What do I do?
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The user manuals coming with lenses most of the time have little information about how to use them. The lens will have a MF and AF and perhaps a VR switch. If you want to learn more about macro photography, check this site from Ken Rockwell, where he is explaining how to do so with a Nikon camera.
Be aware the macro lenses are designed to focus close to the camera and will have the sharpest pictures close to the camera. I would not say you can't use a micro as a tele, but the results with a normal 105 could be better.
Still I think you have a great lens with your Sigma. How to Shoot Macro
This lens is not a true macro lens. It provides a magnification of 1:2 only, while true macro lenses provide 1:1 (life-size)magnification. So you won't be able to do very close macros with this lens. This lens has a Macro switch to enable you to switch to the Macro or normal mode.
I will try to help you, but please understand that my experience is with Nikon film cameras. Assuming that the D60 works in a manner similar to a Nikon 35 mm body and that Sigma macro lens work like Nikon macro lens, you should be able to determine the usable subject to lens distance by experimentation. First, make sure the lens is in the macro mode. To do this you must set the auto-focus mode control to the manual focus mode (see your manual). On Nikon lenses, you must first set the focus ring to infinity, then move slider switch, which has two positions marked; "normal" and "macro., to the macro position. You should now be able to rotate the focus ring to the macro range. Use the zoom ring to zoom in and out and focus with the focus ring. The the range over which the lens to subject to lens distance will yield an in focus image will be rather limited and in the range of an inch or so to 6 or 8 inches.
When shooting in macro to get good depth of field you often have to shoot f/22. This does not let much light in. You have to hold the camera and subject tight. Meaning the use of a firm tripod is not optional. In most cases you need a longer exposure so wiggle is very important.
From my experience, many zoom lenses that have a macro feature simply kicks into macro mode when the lens is in fully zoomed position. Remember, macro is used to take pictures of something (usually like a flower, insect, etc.) and to magnify it several or many times larger than it really it is. And as a result the subject is huge and sharply focused with a very blurry background. Another thing to keep in mind is that there is usually a focusing limit for the lens in terms of how close one can focus a subject in MACRO zoom mode. In other words, you (the lens) may have to be at least a foot or more away from the subject in order to automatically focus sharply. On this note, if you have manual focusing capability, you should be able to take pictures in macro zoom mode from even shorter distance from the subject, resulting in more larger than life pictures!
Theres a button on side of the camera that sets it to NORMAL or MACRO mode. Macro mode is the one with a flower symbol. In macro mode you can take sharp pictures from small objects situated very close to the camera lens. Good luck!