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touch of painted curls
art du jour (you have the sun...) 
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15th-Oct-2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Damn it. I want a macro lens. LOVE that first shot.
15th-Oct-2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)

a) Sunflowers are big, so you don't need a macro lens for that.

b) There is an inexpensive alternative to a macro lens. Extension tubes reduce the max and min focus distance of any lens. They aren't as convenient as a macro lens, but if you have the time to put them on, the images are fine.

I have the really cheap http://www.adorama.com/MCAETEOSP.html ... some searching suggests that some of the ones available for Nikon are flakey. This one looks better than some: http://www.amzn.com/dp/B003IVZVDO

etc. :) <3
15th-Oct-2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
I was debating extension tubes, but didn't know anyone who had used them. Thanks! I will try that.
15th-Oct-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
They are fun. The max focusing distance comes down pretty quickly, so you get a pretty narrow range with some combinations. Your 50mm will totally take some nice closeups.

Also, tubes are light! :) I sometimes carry the plastic tubes instead of my 100mm macro for weight reasons.
15th-Oct-2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
What I'm wondering, since I have a D40 (focus is from a motor in the lens instead of one in the camera), is if I'll still be able to auto focus if i want to. Not, mind you, that I expect I'll want to since my interest in macro photography is often picking a narrow focal plane.
15th-Oct-2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, they do support that kind of AF... the tubes have metal pins that carry the connections to the lens. There are extension tubes for <$20 that do not support AF or aperture control... ones that do start around $70. I like to have AF, even for macro work.

Also, since this info isn't terribly obvious... f-numbers (f/1.4, etc.) correlate to light yield at infinity focus only. As you focus closer, the same aperture yields less light. This isn't specific to tubes; it is true in all situations with all lenses, but becomes more dramatic with macro work. You'll usually lose about 2 stops getting to 1:1 macro, so the f/1.4 acts like an f/2.8 or slower when doing serious macro.
15th-Oct-2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
You are my information hero :)
15th-Oct-2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I love that last one so much.
15th-Oct-2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) <3
15th-Oct-2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yep that first one rocks
15th-Oct-2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
*grin* Thanks. :) I wasn't expecting the blue channel to be so pretty. :)
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