Aug 13, 2013

Feeling Buggy

Posted by Knick

I wanted to try some more detailed Macro photography but I am on a tight budget and couldn't afford a new macro lens. I did some reading and I bought some extension tubes on Amazon for 12 bucks and after playing with them for a bit I got some nice results:

I found these tubes on Amazon after doing some surfing and decided for 12 bucks to give them a try:

They are fully manual so I lose all automatic control on the lens but since I was planning on using my Nikor f1.8 50mm AF-D lens which has a manual aperture ring and I planned to manual focus for macro anyway so I didn't think it was that big of a deal.

When the kit arrived I was very excited and threw on the tubes and started looking for something to shoot. I saw my guitar in the corner of the office and thought it could be fun so I set it up on the dining room table, got out my tripod and remote trigger and started snapping shots.

None of the first several hundred pictures turned out. I was very shocked that the working distance was so small and I would lose focus in such a short space. It became very clear that I really had to practice to get the shots I wanted. Once I understood how everything worked a little better I was able to get this shot:

Nikon D5100 and Nikor 50mm f/1.8 prime lens with 50mm extension tubes

It is still not perfect but it was getting better. I had to be so close to the subject that it was getting really hard to capture what I wanted. I did some more reading and decided the next day to head outside (better light) increase my shutter speed and go handheld instead of tripod mounted. This worked much better but the things I wanted to photograph (mostly bugs outside) were scared off by me being 3 inches from them with my camera. I decided to put the tubes on with my Tamron 70-300 zoom/macro lens and try some shots. This worked so much better than I thought it would! Despite the aperture ring being locked wide open (no manual controls on this lens) I was able to capture some good shots of insects at about 13 inches from the lens. This working distance allowed me to stalk my prey more effectively. After I discovered this I was able to get the following 3 images:

Nikon D5100 Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Zoom/Macro lens with 50mm extension tubes

Nikon D5100 Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Zoom/Macro lens with 50mm extension tubes
Nikon D5100 Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Zoom/Macro lens with 50mm extension tubes
Needless to say they are not perfect but they are getting better. I am really enjoying learning as I go, plan to see a lot more in the future!


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