Haven't had much time to shoot lately. but took the time to do some tidying up and found some old photos that had not been processed, including one of a very nice katydid i found in an abandoned quarry once.
Moral of the story: getting the shot is just half the story - finding the time to organise and process them properly is the more important other half.
After spending a few months lugging a heavy DSLR setup for macro shoots, i got to the point where i wasn;t sure if there was a point to all that weight.
SO enter the new lightweight setup =) the GXR + A12 50mm macro module.
The GXR system needs no introduction to enthusiasts. And oh, about all the terrible things they've said about the A12 AF speed - its mainly true - its terribly slow... but i've never used AF for macro before so it makes no difference to me.
I just set the thing to MF, turn it to the min focusing distance, which gives 1:2 magnification.
My 8-legged friend dropped in to gimme a chance to test out the macro capabilities... some tweaking needed to improve the lighting but seriously, not bad at all...
#1: Common sun skink - sun skinks are most easily found and photographed early in the morning, while they are sunning themselves. They're very shy and skittish so its important to approach gently when attempting to photograph them.
#2: Jumping spider: very common resident of the local nature parks. The "high jumpers" of nature. This one's female, judging by its abdomen.
#3 Orange Fly: I see these flies often, but i don't know much about them other than they're probably Family Lauxaniidae.
#4 Leaf Footed Bug - I nearly mistook this for a assassin bug on account of its needle like mouth-part. But on closer examination (and subsequent research), its actually a leaf-footed bug nymph :)
#5 Brown beetle: a rather unexciting shot of a pretty unexciting brown beetle :)
#6 Black and yellow mud dauber: named for the nests which they build from mud, this attractive specimen landed in front of me just as i was preparing to pack up and leave :)
I love this lens... ok... that felt good... let me say it again... I LOVE THIS LENS! *phew*
I had problems getting used to the minimum focusing distance - 38cm... its pretty long - which makes composition very challenging. Solution: PK-A extension tubes. Shortens the minimum focusing distance to a more manageable distance, magnifies the subject and thanks to the PK-A contacts, passes the aperture information back to the camera so p-ttl still works :)
The challenges of using this lens are:
- Weight: its 600+ grams - double the weight of a D-FA100
- Focal Length: at 125mm, it works out to 35mm equivalent of 180 on an APS-C... its a little long for hand-held and when using it for macro, support is a must for me.
- Reputation: its a sharp lens. anyone who manages to screw up their shots with this lens can only have them-self to blame.