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Damselfly, decided improvement, but I want a longer lens!

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by aspiringphotos, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. aspiringphotos


    Sep 26, 2008
    Okay, I tried the tripod. The dragonflies and damselflies were not impressed with my clumsy attempt to manhandle my equipment, so I changed lenses. These were taken with the D90 kit lens, which has VR. Either I will try a 2X teleconverter or I'm saving my nickels for a 70-300 VR lens because the VR makes a very big difference for macros, IMO. I just wish I could have filled the frame. I ran out of pixels. Still, it was fun and I was excited to see what the kit lens was capable of.

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  2. Looks like 'Familiar Bluet'. I think everything has vanished by me. Remember that the VR isn't really of much use with tripod. Actually most say it should be turned off but I have never found out why. The 70=300 vr is a great lens. You may also like the tamron macro 90 but you have to get pretty close.
  3. aspiringphotos


    Sep 26, 2008

    Yeah, my other macros were shot with a 70-300mm without VR, thus trying the tripod. It's just too cumbersome for me.

    The good news is that the insects and flowers are soon gone, so I'll have a few months to save up for the VR lens. Or the converter. I need to find out if when a teleconverter is used with a VR lens there is still VR....I could get a 2x teleconverter for 1/2 the cost of the 300mm lens, so that may be an option for me.

    Anyway, thanks for looking and helping to ID the little critter. :biggrin:
  4. Remember that with a 2x converter, light reaching your sensor is cut by a factor of 4 so you lose 2 stops on your lens. For example, at f4 with a 2x converter you are actually working at f8 - your shutter speed goes from (for example) 1/500 to 1/125. Meanwhile your focal length has increased by 2x which means you should be increasing the shutter speed by 2 stops - not very useful for hand holding! Image quality is also going to decrease. By how much depends on the lens used.

    A tripod is cumbersome and can be frustrating at times, but I'm happier getting few quality shots than a lot of mediocre ones! YMMV.

    Happy shooting

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