I got a Macro lens for Christmas!

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Posted 12/27/2012 by cindylou62 in General Photography


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Posted: 12/27/2012 7:23:42 PM
I have secretly been wanting one for a couple of years, they cost alot and are a bit of a "toy" so I never could justify buying one.

Well my husband must have been listening as I would talk about the beautiful Macro photos I would see. I lost my mom a few months ago and he said he thought it would help keep my mind "busy". I hugged him big time!

I practiced today for the first time and as I had read, the depth of field is just soooo slim, amazingly slim, I had to clost down my aperature so much, then I needed more light, oy, it sure will keep my mind busy!

So if anyone has any tip or tricks or knows of a good book or website to help me learn, I would love to hear it. I will post a couple of my first attempts, and I also realize now I should practice on still objects first.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 7:36:37 PM
Congratulations on your new lens! What a lovely gift, that is sweet of your dh. I am sure you will have a lot of fun experimenting with and learning to use it.

A tripod can often come in handy when doing macro shots. Because the subject is so enlarged, even a minimal amount of camera shake, that might not be noticeable in a non-macro shot, can cause the image to blur.

Many people also use manual focus for macro shots.


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Posted: 12/27/2012 9:03:18 PM
just because it can go to f/2.8 doesn't mean you need to go to f/2.8. You will find better luck at bigger #f/stop, and play, play, play.



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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:02:50 AM
I love my macro lens, I use it all the time. I love shooting wide open, but that does take practice. So, my best advice is just that, practice, practice and practice. Start around f5 or so and work from there, you'll get the hang of it in no time.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:10:20 AM
My advice is have fun and don't sweat the bad shot. Take advantage of the digital age and don't worry about deleting the oopsies. Just try to remember what you did that made it not work so you can improve as you go alone.
After using your macro for a while you tend to begin seeing things differently and figuring out what would make an interesting shot up close.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 5:48:59 PM
Thanks for the replys, I am anxious to practice again, but I have to wait until the weekend when I am home in the daylight!

I really did learn alot about the aperature and needing it to be in the F5-F10+ range, when I figured that out I was losing daylight and was shooting using only natural light so that cut my practice short. I tryed my flash, but knew that was another lesson I needed to read up on as that didn't go so well.

We had the prettiest snowflakes too, but it was 4 pm, and not enough light to catch any.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:26:45 PM
Congratulations on your new lens! Watch out though--macro shooting can become addictive.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:39:42 PM
I have a macro lens and love it.Practice is a good thing. I see that I think you live in Mn. and if so the conservatory at Como Zoo is a great place to go for flowers in the winter. If you live close enough to it. And yes it is addictive.

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Posted: 12/31/2012 1:24:06 PM
Oooooooh, congratulations!! What a great gift

So sorry to hear about your mom I lost mine last year and I understand how hard it is... big hugs to you ((((cindylou62))))


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Posted: 1/2/2013 8:33:06 PM
Yay for macro lenses! I love mine! I need to use it more though. haha!

I also recommend shooting at a narrow aperture when using a macro lens. Typically I shoot between f/9 and f/11 as long as I have enough light available. When shooting small things that close, your depth of field becomes rrrreeeeeaaaaalllllyyyy narrow.

Keep up the great work and share with us often!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:02:24 AM
I guess everyone is different because I got mine out of the box sat it on a tripod and used 2.8 asap... I took a water droplet then a pine cone and i was amazed!!! maybe because I normally shoot at F 2.8 most of the time.... idk... I LOVE my 105 mm F 2.8 lens it is the bomb!!!

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