The high cost of all this kit I have never been able to justify as a enthusiastic amateur, so I have managed with close up filters as a cheap alternative.
My trusty old Nikon D100 has been replaced by a old but marvellous Fuji S2 Pro so after selling the D100 on a on-line auction site the opportunity to acquire a good but used old model Nikon 60mm D macro lens was too good to pass up, this lens can also double-up as a useful prime lens for other work. It is a genuine 1-1 macro lens but I will probably limit it to 1-2 or half size for most work as the working distance from the subject at 1-1 is only about 75mm really too close for moving subjects. The lens arrived today and the following is a quick first shot on the camera. I will need to experiment with it a little to get the best results, I have already noticed that it is better to use manual focus as the lens hunts a bit on auto-focus.
|Hoverfly on Helianthus Lemon Queen (ISO800 1/200 f29)|