Sunday, December 10, 2006

BR 2A for Macro


A BR 2A reverse ring


Friends have been unboxing new appendanges for their new toys, their cameras. To the front, back, bottom etc. i got my BR 2A about a week ago, trying to find which lens it is most suitable to use with. Writings on the BR 2A with the 50 mm lens can be found in most forum.



Bunga kuning



Bunga putih


I have this relative old 35-70mm from my 'biras' Redza. After trying a few shots, i just know that this the right lens for my new BR 2A. I am now on my way to Macro in style, a cheap way that dith will approve.



Bunga Halia Bara

The best I can do with a 'free' Nikon 35-70 F3.3/4.5 AF with a BR 2A in reverse attachment. I wish I have a dedicated macro lens to have a better results.

It was taken late evening (notice the narrow DOF)

I added 2 pictures taken at my working place today. Actually it is not easy to take macro with the reverse lens. It has lots of limitations. With the 50mm lens the focal point is fixed and have to be set at infernity. One has to move forward and backward to focus. Surprisingly with 35-70 mm lens, manual focusing is able. The DOF is too narrow especially at 35 and 50. The aperture needs to be opened or the ISO increased to get the shutter speed fast especially in limited lighting.

The flower was lighted by late evening sun

With this 1 week experience, i think i should get a macro( ;) ) or invest on a remote shutter release with the camera set on a tripod which is cheaper, use an old flash gun whatever the made and fire manually.

37 comments:

dith said...

Subhanallah!

These flowers are all very very small in sizes. Thus I couldnt recognize them when you have enlarged it that much! The insects sure have a good 'macro' view there! Cant wait for you to show the real sizes of these pretty flowers!

p.s. tak payah lah bazir duit beli macro lens yek?

tramontina said...

welcome to the club.

can we go to FRIM now that finally santa decided about time you're a good boy?

Mama Sarah said...

Enjoying myself looking at the flowers.

mynn said...

dith
tak dipanggil membazir duit if the new macro lens could make you say subhanallah & appreciate more of god's creations :)

ikelah
wow, nice demonstration of what a reverse ring could do, you've even made me consider that option for going macro. i still think a dedicated macro lens (sorry dith!!!) could produce more microscope like pictures but then again, the price for a macro lens is also macroscopic.

ps
1. thanks for recommending me buying the 50mm 1.8, best giler the new lens - even PMS is liking it & she is producing good results:)

2. which is better; to buy a wide angle lens first (for landscapes) or zoom? my friend(s) say tak banyak guna zoom lenses ni (except kalau nak skodeng). betul ke?

3. so, what's all the gear in your photography arsenal now? would love to know:) better yet, take a picture of everything & post in your blog:D

ikelah said...

dith
thanks. nak reverse psy ke? ;)
the whole flower? nanti later. ;)

tramontina
ini bukan macro lens la. reverse ring dengan 50mm and 35-70mm lens.

bertuahnya badan kalau mama santa beri macro.

mama sarah
help yourself. ;)
tapi sekarang dah tambah 2 lagi.

mynn
thanks, bertuah kalau dapat dedicated macro lens.

at the moment i have 18-55mm kit lens, 55-200mm, 50mm, and 35-70mm. BR2A and 3, battered tripod, a small camera bag with its raincoat, a crumpler alike bag, airtight plastic container with silica gel and filters(UV nad C-pola).

tele or wide? as you can see, i chose tele as it is far cheaper, i can bring a distant unreachable subject nearer, wildlife/animals, sports, candid, potraits and lastly skodeng.

dith said...

Mynn,

Wah, orang zikir pakai tasbih, kita zikir pakai macro lens ek! :p

mynn said...

speaking of zooms kan ikelah, i'm looking to buy a zoom lens too. tapi i'm torn between buying one with image stabilisation or one without. two options really:
1. Canon 70-200 L USM F4. excellent quality and relatively fast at fixed F4 aperture. but no Image stabilisation.

2. canon 70-300 USM IS f4/5.6. Slower at 5.6, poorer quality optics but longer zoom and has image stabilisation.

both zooms cost the same, but i'm not sure whether to get image stabilisation or not. how do you cope without VR on your 35-70mm lens?

mynn said...

ps
utk skodeng burung, bukan nya pempuan okay dith & PMS?

dith
hehehe, photography could really make you appreciate the beauty of god's creation, seriously!

ikelah said...

dith
bila nampak keindahan ciptaan Allah yang tak dapat dilihat dengan jelas dengan mata kasar, bertambah kuatlah keImanan seseorang itu.

mynn
i'll go for the white lens, the great L lens even though the othe has IS and relatively faster by 3 stops due to IS and has a longer reach up to 300. the aim to get the shot is not only to catch the subjuct but a quality appreciable image.

for stability esp at the 200 end, my usual lazy practice was the technique supporting the lens by leaning here and there with the elbows close etc. the more appropiate is the use of tripod. i use tripod off and on provided the subject wont go away while i m preparing for the shot.

nikon VR is different. it uses expensive lens with VR. something like L lens with IS. ;) then go for the IS.

mynn said...

i see, appreciate your views. thanks ikelah.

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