It’s been over 6 months since I bought my first macro lens, therefore, I decided to write about my experience with macro photography and share some insights for all of you photographers out there thinking of taking some macro shots in the nearest future.
Inspired by childhood memories of New Year’s Eve and sparklers, this time we decided to give them a try in a slightly different convention. The results can be seen below.
The 055XPROB is Manfrotto’s largest professional ergonomic tripod from the best-selling 055 family, designed for general, outdoor and indoor photography. It features the revolutionary centre column which can be adjusted to achieve several different configurations. The 055XPROB offers exceptional stability even in difficult terrain, therefore, it’s an excellent choice for landscape photographers. It’s available in both aluminum and lighter carbon fibre version, which also reflects on the price. Combined with the 460MG Magnesium Head, it’s by far one of the most versatile professional tripod on the market. For detailed specifications on the 055XPROB and 460MG Magnesium Head please visit Manfrotto’s official website.
You can easily extend the capabilities of your DSLR camera with some of the inexpensive gadgets described below. These are usually available for a variety of brands and formats, do not take up much space in your camera bag and, most of all, are relatively cheap. Search on Amazon or E-bay for great deals on both genuine and generic products. Although the following gadgets are specifically for Nikon cameras, they are usually available for other brands such as Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax and Olympus.
If you are a devoted Macro Photographer and want to get a little closer than Extension Tubes are an ideal and inexpensive solution. These tubes increase the maximum magnification level of your Macro lens by distancing it from the sensor. As there is no glass elements in the tubes, the quality of the picture remains the same.
This overview describes a set of Kenko Extension Tubes which come in 12mm, 20mm and 32mm focal lengths. There is a variety of Extension Tubes for DSLR cameras available on the market, including both generic and brand names such as Nikon and Canon. Remember that the cheaper extension tubes do not transfer any information from the lens to your camera so you will have adjust all the settings manually, including the lens aperture, which can be really annoying.