Learning how to use my new gear.

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Nikam, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. Don't really have any have any true macro capability - can we say lens lust setting in already :) :) - so I'm trying out what I have for now for close-ups.

    The first one was taken with my 70-200VR + 1.7 TC at f8. Not very good bokeh. I think this particular shot would have been better without the TC. From my playing around, the bokeh gets better as the lens is opened up.

    The other two are a couple from my garden using the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 AIS. I really like this lens, but I still need a bit of play time with it.




    Feel free to critique. That's how I learn.
  2. I really like the second image. The detail and texture are amazing. The butterfly actually looks like he has fur. The bokeh in the second image is nice too.

    I like the contrasting colors in the third image, but I think I would have liked to have seen some of the stem. I have never seen anything like it. What is it called?
  3. Thanks for the comments Crystall.

    The second one is some kind of moth. I saw it on the lawn while I was getting ready mow it and I moved it into the flower bed. We've had lots of rain the last two days (unusual for us) and it was still drying out or warming up I think. I was careful not to touch its wings. I thought the "fur" was kind of neat too.

    The second one is a type of poppy. You're right, I think the stem might have helped the composition. I took it this way because I'm still waiting for an L-bracket from Kirk so I can mount the camera on my tripod. These were all hand-held, and I had to keep the lens relatively wide open which meant that I pretty much had to shoot staight down on it because of the shallow depth of field. As it is, portions of the petals are out of focus a bit. I sure like that lens though. I picked it up on ebay for about $70 US delivered and with the D2h you can enter in the focal length and minimum aperture and it will meter.

    Thanks for looking. :) :)
  4. Dennis, I'm looking at your list of gear, and wondering why you don't just buy a 60mm micro for $300.
  5. Hi Frank.

    The 60mm micro was on my original list when I was considering buying a D2X, but when I opted for the used D2H, I ordered a 300 f4 instead to give me a little more reach since I wouldn't have the high speed crop. I guess the 60mm micro is still on my wish list but it costs about $430 US here.

    I was also considering the 500D on the 70-200 as a cheap alternative. Not sure which is the best way to go here. I suspect the 60mm micro gives sharper images and it is certainly a lot smaller to use. On the other hand, the the 70-200 + 500D would, I believe, put a little bit more distance between lens and subject and might therefore make insect work a bit easier.

    In any case, I'll probably have to wait a couple of months to let my credit card cool off a bit. :)
  6. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Nothing wrong with your shots at alllll.

    50mm is a great lens and you did a great job.

    I also have a 70-200 VR VR VR and a cannn 500 D and a 50mm 1.8.
  7. Hi Dennis,

    I originally thought that your moth was a furry butterfly! LOL. I think the detail in that image is excellent.

    As far as the 70-200+500D, I am getting used to the combination. I think I picked up the 500D locally for $150.00 or so. It has its own learning curve, and produces macro images with excellent DOF when combined with the 70-200VR. Examples of this lens combination can be found at http://pbase.com/cympearson/yellowjackets.

    I have the 60mm micro lens which produces sharp images. I like the 60mm because it is a f/2.8 and can be hand held. You can also attach close up filters like the 5T or 6T (which also fit the 105 and 70-180). I used the 60mm often for macro images until I acquired the 70-180mm Micro Nikkor.
  8. SSchex


    May 18, 2005
    Louisiana, USA
    Nice shots Nikam. I have a 70-200 and the 1.7 tc. I use it for fast or skittish bugs. I have the 300 f/4 and use the tc and a set of extention tubes. The 300 is good for close up.
  9. Thanks everyone for your kind comments.


    How are you finding your new 70-200 VR?


    Looking at your yellow-jackets makes me think that the 500D is going to be my next lens purchase. As you commented, the depth of field is great.


    I'll have to give the 300f/4 a workout when I get it. It has a 77 mm filter size so I guess the 500D would also go on it. I haven't seen any posts with that combination though.
  10. Micah


    May 8, 2005
    That second one is really nice. I recently bought a D2H and my learning curve is, well...I'm still learning A LOT from all my mistakes.

  11. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Looks like you are a pretty quick study Dennis. These are all pretty good. I like the poppy. Very nice colors and contrast.