Saturday 23 May 2009

Long Lens close ups

Its that time of year when everybody reaches for their macro lenses for butterflies/dragonflies and wildflowers, But unless you want real close ups like a dragonflies head i prefer to shoot with a long lens and extension tubes-why? well firstly with insects it gives more working room so they are less easily spooked and secondly you can throw the background nicely out of focus and get great Bokeh, The 300F4 lenses work really well here as they have a minimum focusing distance of around 1.4m and with an extension tube or 2 they work great for close ups, I have used my old 500F4 many times and with 2 or 3 tubes on give great results


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