A New Macro/Closeup Lens Combo

I love doing macros – especially flowers. Spring has sprung around here & I was out & about for several hours today with my camera checking out the flora.

My most used lens for this type of shooting is a Nikkor 105mm 2.8 macro although I occasionally use a Canon 500D closeup lens or a 1.4X teleconverter on one of my other lenses. I recently bought a set of extension tubes and last year bought a Tokina 50-135 2.8 lens. I decided to stick a 36mm extension tube on this lens and see what I could see.

Here’s a cherry blossom image (why drive an hour to DC -with no parking – when I can shoot this in my neighbor’s yard). DOF of field was almost non-existent which is fine since that’s the way I prefer shots like this (of course keeping the wind blown blossoms anywhere near in focus was tricky). Gitzo tripod, Nikon D300, Tokina 50-135 lens at 135mm, Kenko 36mm extension tube, and Japanese Cherry Blossoms – 1/40sec at f/2.8, ISO200, EV0.0, Center weighted metering, Aperture priority exposure mode, cloudy warm white balance. Blossoms about 18″ from camera sensor plane. RAW image converted in Nikon Capture NX2.