Sunday, March 14, 2010

My Desire for a Macro Lens Personified

Oh, boy. I borrowed my dad's 100mm macro lens yesterday, and it reminded my why I love macro so much. With a combination of live view, careful and fine-tuned manual focusing, the amazing macro lens, careful lighting, my tripod, and shooting in RAW, I was able to get this shot:

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Aperture: f/5
Shutter Speed: 6 seconds
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 100 mm

The lens is beautifully sharp. When zoomed in to 100% magnification on the full-res image, I could not detect any blur at all. RAW, as usual, gave me optimal control over my tones in B&W. I kind of wish I had been more creative with the lighting, but oh, well. At least I got some nice depth.

This makes me even more excited to get my own macro lens. The one I'm looking at is the f/2.8 50 mm made by Canon, and I'll probably pick up an extension tube with it to get closer focusing distances.

1 comment:

  1. Nice. A macro lens is on my list as well, but I haven't started looking at them yet. I'm holding off on looking, so that I'm not tempted to purchase it right away.


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