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Old Jan 10, 2011, 2:39 PM   #1
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Since I do not have any experience in clos-up / macro, I started to practise on some flowers in the living-room. After all, I have had this macro-lens for 3 month now, and never in use.



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Not so easy with shallow DOF...


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Maybe not so easy but, for your very first attempt you did a great job. Bravo.
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Much obliged for your encouragement! I dare to post another shot as well.

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A bit on the cold side, I guess - but what can you do, living in Norway?

The flower was in the window (only way to get natural light), outside is winter, winter in Norway means snow, so background is snow - snow is cold!


Arrrgh!
See what I have to struggle with, Gary?






BTW - I softened the flower a bit, bacause this lens is so sharp it shows every vain in the flowers petal - destroying the gentle mood!

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A bit on the cold side, I guess - but what can you do, living in Norway?

The flower was in the window (only way to get natural light), outside is winter, winter in Norway means snow, so background is snow - snow is cold!


Arrrgh!
See what I have to struggle with, Gary?






BTW - I softened the flower a bit, bacause this lens is so sharp it shows every vain in the flowers petal - destroying the gentle mood!
Still, Walter, you have managed to get two very fine images! Well done.
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Real nice Walter.
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BTW - I softened the flower a bit, bacause this lens is so sharp it shows every vain in the flowers petal - destroying the gentle mood!
Interesting tries.
btw: You can soften a sharp pick, but never will get a sharp pick from a soft lens. That's why i love sharp lenses.
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Nice shots Walter. I have a lens for my Nikon which has Macro on it in gold. Dont know how to use it though. Its a Sigma Asperical 28mm 1:1.8D EX DG MACRO. All white type on the barrel but EX and MACRO are in gold. Any ideas?
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Nice shots Walter. I have a lens for my Nikon which has Macro on it in gold. Dont know how to use it though. Its a Sigma Asperical 28mm 1:1.8D EX DG MACRO. All white type on the barrel but EX and MACRO are in gold. Any ideas?
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Asking another novice (me) for advice on a theme I'm not familiary with is quite funny, Bynx! Link: http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/214/cat/30

There seem to be very little info about available about this lens. For instance I have not found it at PhotoZone.de ( http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests ) where I usually get my lens-ifo from. Nevertheless I'v found "your" Sigma (top-link ) but not much really. Personally, I don't know anything about macro-lenses, except for the fact that in order to be calling themselfes "Macro" - a lens must be able to depict an object 1:1. I.o.w. there are many "bogus" macro lenses out there calling themselfe something they are not!

How to use it?

It's usually just a matter of sticking it onto your Nikon and shoot. Some lenses have focus-limiter-switches on the barrel. See to it that the range is right. Thats it.

My own (true) macro lens is the Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 APO EX HSM macro DG D - http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikko...w--test-report - a very big and heavy, but very, very sharp lens. I am going to sell it again as I have no intentions in laying face down in wet grass to get a picture of an creepy insect - In fact, I hate insects and dont want to get near them at all....! Don't know why I bought it in the first place really. It must have been one of those occasions where I was not mentally sane...

Flowers are o.k. but they do not exactly raise my puls or make me breath heavily (!?) or anything like that. They are just plants, really. That is not to say that I am not impressed by some flower-shots presented her at Steve's. I think it was Gary who had a beautiful and breath taking series of flower-shots here last year, right after he got his new HS-10. Really impressive and very delicate framed and presented.



There you go, Bynx - that is me in a nutshell. I was only going to write "sorry, I dont know a thing about your macro-lens" - and instead I end up in writing a whole article about a whole lot of nothing...!


Everyone, have a nice day!




P.S.: I was really only looking through here, as I am already late at writing my weekly e-mail presentation with digital landscape pictures, which I am sending to an ever growing crowd of subscribers here in Norway. If you want to be on this (free, of cours - but it's in Norwegian) subscription-list, just send me a PM with your e-mail adress.

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Old Jan 15, 2011, 7:49 PM   #10
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I'd say thats a really nice lens you have there Walter/ great first! Frank
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