My rental macro lens came yesterday! For those who care, it's the Canon 100mm EF Macro f/2.8L IS USM (and that links to where I rented it from--I have used them thrice and they're great). Naturally, I've been taking a lot of pictures, and I want to share them with you in several posts.
Using this lens is definitely harder than I thought. Aside from finding the right subjects (which can be more challenging than it might seem), getting the right things in focus is tricky. I'm not using a tripod, and though this lens has image stabilization, that won't magically put me at exactly the right distance from the subject. It's so easy to sway just a few millimeters and mess up the shot.
Technical jargon ahead: I know that using a higher f-stop would help, but that means slower shutter speeds, so I'm just trying to find a balance. My camera doesn't handle higher ISOs very well, so I like to keep that down to 800 at the most (but I prefer 400).
Okay! Enough talk. Hows about some pictures?
Oh yeah and I should warn you that bugs are going to be a common subject, in case that bothers you. Hopefully ladybugs don't really count. :)
Droplets are a subject I want to focus on a lot more (no pun intended), but it's hard to find good ones. It rained today, and yet there weren't all that many to photograph. I guess the wind dried them up. I may have to create some artificial "after the rain" photos with a spray bottle. :)
Thanks for looking! More to come.