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Most people use a macro lens to take pictures of flowers but on this day I was out in the field with just a 500mm lens as I was photographing birds. What’s a guy to do? Improvise! This shot was taken at 500mm, f/16, ISO 2000 from about 15′ back. The problem with long telephoto lenses such as the 500mm and 600mm is that their MFD [minimum focus distance] is very large. In the case of the Nikon 500mm f/4 VRII it is 13 feet so you have to stand back quite a bit from your subject. For shooting things at a distance this isn’t a problem but it does look funny taking a photo of a flower that is 13 feet away from you! Despite being a long telephoto it doubles as a great flower lens oddly enough. The out of focus areas [bokeh] and sharpness are wonderful.
It’s been awhile since I have posted anything with being out of town and all but fear not, things are slowly returning to usual! I am currently working on editing the photos from my Arkansas Ozarks trip and will be posting them along with a write-up in the coming weeks. I posted a teaser on the Facebook fan page so if you aren’t a “fan” please do go check it out!
Today’s photo is more testing with the Zeiss 50mm Makro-Planar. Enjoy!
Last flower photo for the week I promise! Taken with a Nikon D3s + Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/50 ZF.2 @ f/2.
Building off of yesterday’s post, here is another example. The particular lens in question handles colors and contrast very well and yields almost painterly images as seen below. This is another shot from the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/50 ZF.2 lens. Enjoy!
One of the most important things to do when you get a new lens, camera, or really most any type of photography equipment is to test it! Not only are you doing the cursory tests to make sure it works properly, but you also are spending the time to learn how to use it inside and out. For a lens, you are learning what images look like with this lens. What the focal length looks like, how it renders out of focus areas [bokeh], how it handles colors, contrast, strengths, weaknesses, etc. In this case I am putting my Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar through the paces. I purchased the lens a few months ago and am still getting a good handle on how it does everything listed above. So far, I am very pleased with the results! A full review is on the upcoming content list. ;)