A few weeks ago you might remember how Nikon lent me a 40mm macro lens. I played with it, enjoyed it, but knew at the time that there was no way I would be able to afford one, too much money for me to have, just play around with. At that time suggestions were made, but Ben from Aperture64 Photography told me about some extension tubes that he has used by Polaroid, not to expensive and a good price for experimenting. I looked them up and they arrived last week.
Again they haven’t been as easy to use, which I expected, but I have been experimenting with them. I didn’t get the ones that would have meant that I could changed the aperture or use autofocus, so if you are contemplating going down this road, I would recommend getting those. I don’t know how you would tell the difference when buying them, but hopefully someone can leave a comment on that. Victor from Victor Rakmil Photography suggested that I see if I had a lens that I could change the aperture on the actual lens. This is where I am so glad I didn’t get rid of my old film photography gear, the lenses I had for my old film Nikon have the aperture on the lens and I can change it there. So I played around with both of the old lenses yesterday.
This was outside in the garden. I was using my old 35-105mm lens, and I set the aperture on f/16. Focusing was difficult because I had to use manual focus which meant moving into it with the camera as close as I could until the image went into focus. There was no control over that. It also meant I had to stay very still to try and get it at that point. That is the part I found the most difficult.
These are the dead Gerberas again, spiders I think are starting to live in them, so it might be time to get rid of them. I put the 70-210mm on the extension tubes, with all the tubes, and just played. I found if I zoomed the lens in and out it was easier to find that point where the images was really sharp. I enjoyed using the zoom a lot, and will try it out with the other lens as well. I am looking forward to getting out on some cold mornings to take photos.
While I was taking photos of the dead flowers, our cat, Tiddles, was asleep in the sun on the floor. I thought it would be good to take some photos of him asleep. Then he rolled onto his back so the sun could warm up his belly. I don’t normally show photos of my cat, but sometimes, well sometimes I just have to. I am sure David from Through the Viewfinder. . . will be able to relate to this.
I haven’t done a very thorough explanation of the Extension tubes, as I really don’t know what I am doing yet, beyond having some fun. I know there are other photographers out there that do know what they are all about. Victor wrote a post on using Extension tubes and I would encourage you to go and take a look. The post and link are Because you can never get enough magnification… (An essay on extension tubes etc.).
One thing I do have to warn you about, if you get the polaroid ones, which is what I got, and you get them for a Nikon, to get the one off your lens, you push the silver screw thing towards the camera body. I have to tell you, I put it on my 50mm lens and I couldn’t get it off. I was so scared, thought I would going to have to chuck the lens, but it did come off and I know what to do now, thanks Ben for your help there too.
I am going to put the images in a gallery now, with a couple more. Enjoy your Friday.