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June 12, 2010

Eye Candy Saturday: macro edition

On this gorgeous Saturday morning, I walked around the house snapping pictures of everything in my sight. You see, I rented a macro lens, the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro and wanted to try it out. Nothing was immune: skeins of yarn randomly strewn about, FOs both blogged and not-yet-blogged, recently started WIPs, and furry things which always seem to be underfoot.








I haven't yet made up my mind about the macro lens, but I'm leaning toward the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro instead: I had one before when I was using a Canon DSLR, and I think I like it more. Plus it's cheaper. I don't know, we'll see :). Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Posted by Kathy on June 12, 2010 10:40 AM

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Goodness, that lens makes things look great! Your kitty is the spitting image of my dear Sadie (may she RIP), right down to the big eyed stare. :-)

absolutely fabulous cat pic!!

That's one cute furry thing! Like the other stuff too.

Amazing how clear things are and the detail shown. Love the photo of your embroidery!

Hahaha, your kitty's eyes look so huge. Love the pictures, so pretty!

Nice job with the macro lens. Macro florals are always wonderful, too. Have fun!

Hi Kathy,

My wife enjoys reading your blog. I'm a photographer and she mentioned you'd tried out the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D macro lens. Renting is always a great idea for trying something out before buying it! You got some great detailed shots with it. :-) Many people have recommended this lens over the newer Nikon 60mm f/2.8G version. They say it has another inch of working distance, less distortion, and more consistent autofocus. What camera body are you using?

What did you like better about the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro? Have you considered the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro lens? It has a longer reach for more working distance (much more room to light your subject) and adds vibration reduction too, which isn't as useful at close range however. The nano crystal coating on Nikon's newer lenses helps reduce flare and reflection too. Also, the 105mm VR has arguably the best bokeh of macro lenses, it's really smooth with near perfect circles. I'd recommend renting it too just to try out.

Have fun!!!

Don't know if it's the camera or the model, but that's one amazing cat you have underfoot. Clearly, lots of character. Enjoy.

Great shots. I love my macro lens and hope you enjoy it if you decide to get one.

What a soulful little face!

Love the cat photo. He looks like he's about to say "Are you okay?" with a very nervous timbre to his voice. It made me smile.

Gorgeous pictures! I think the photograph is good as well!

your cat looks like Totoro. not that there's anything wrong with that.

I have an old point and shoot digital, which makes me wish for a macro lens. Beautiful photos!

Amazing stitch detail in the green piece! And your kitty looks rather concerned...

Bonjour,
Nikon lenses are known to be more better than Sigma ; old Minolta (now Sony) would be better for a lower price than Nikon which is an expansive brand.
Regards.

I had no idea you could "rent" lenses. Wonder if they do that with cameras? I'm in need of a new one but can't decide what I want and it would be so much easier if I could just play before I buy. Your pics are lovely.

The close ups are amazing, showing every detail. How did you get your kitty to sit so still? He(or she?) is adorable!

Your photos are beautiful Kelly. You should post them on Flickr if you don't already. And I'm loving' the cat.

Sorry - I posted on the wrong blog. But your photos and cat are beautiful. Whoops.

I'd say that the lens is good. The photos are great!!! ARe they taken in direct sunlight or artificial light?

Your pix look great!

My husband has the lens that you rented and love it. He also says that Nikon lenses are much better than the Sigma ones, He was curious about where you rented it from. He has used a place called www.borrowlenses.com and has had great results and it's very easy to rent from there. P.S. He said you can rent everything there from cameras to underwater filming stuff. Pretty cool.

Just had to comment on your blog..have read it on and off for many months..maybe years..we have many similarities...I have shortened a sweater in the way you just did and you are quite right it is much easier/though tedious than most alternatives and I love your tiger cat...often shoot with an SLR and have knitted up my stash of the yarn shown at the top! And oh I grew up in Cambridge....

Just had to comment on your blog..have read it on and off for many months..maybe years..we have many similarities...I have shortened a sweater in the way you just did and you are quite right it is much easier/though tedious than most alternatives and I love your tiger cat...often shoot with an SLR and have knitted up my stash of the yarn shown at the top! And oh I grew up in Cambridge....

I love those pictures.

Love the macro lens and the picture of the macro cat.

I have a SIGMA Macro and it's pretty amazing. :)

Super bargain, though not a macro is the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 - http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-50mm-Nikkor-Digital-Cameras/dp/B00005LEN4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1277124738&sr=8-1

I adore it. Especially nice for indoor portraits (shoots like a 75mm on digital).

I tend toward my old Nikkor 28-105 f/3.5-45 for most well lit macro work. Alas, it is quite slow.

Recently purchased a new Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 - http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-18-50mm-Macro-Lens-Nikon/dp/B000UC5YSQ/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1277124894&sr=1-9 for its wider focus and lower light indoor macros.

I can finally admit that I just prefer my Nikkors.

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