Yesterday a parcel arrived for me from Nikon Australia and in it was a Micro Nikkor 40mm DX Lens, macro lens. I asked them recently if they would lend me a lens for my Still LIfe/Close Up class that I am running tomorrow. I had intended that the class would be so that you could do them with what you have at home. I did think though, that it would be fun to see if I could get a macro so my students could also experience what it would be like to use one.
So I had a quick play yesterday.
My first impression, not as easy as I thought. The depth of field seems to work very differently to what I am used to. I also realised that the lighting wasn’t very good and I should’ve used my tripod, then again, I was just playing.
I am going out today to take some photos so I will try it out more today and see how I go. It is a DX lens, and I can use it on my D800 but it crops the frame automatically, which is interesting. I was told yesterday by Andrew, a friend, that the depth of field was very shallow, and it is so true.
I need to rethink how I do this, and see what happens. I have a couple of weeks to experiment with the lens before I have to send it back, so it will be nice to see how it works and what I can. I think you will be seeing a lot of my macro attempts over the never couple of weeks. I suspect at the end of the two weeks I will want one very badly. My husband is going to hate me.
That was the other problem I had yesterday too, I couldn’t find anything to photograph. The garden has no flowers as it recovers from summer, though I did buy a bunch of flowers the other day, so I used those. I need to think about some set ups and uses for the lens.
I have the images that worked yesterday and will put them in the gallery now. Before the gallery I would like thank Nikon Australia for loaning me the lens so I can share my experience with you and for my students to try it out.