Scottie, I use a D300 & Tamron 60f2 + 68mm Kenko tubes for 95% of my macro work. This setup gives me up to 2.36x life size and allows you capture significant detail in most critters bigger than 2mm in length.
My standard settings for nearly all my shots are 1/200, f16, ISO400 and the only thing that varies is the flash power on my diffused SB800 which is usually between 1/16-1/64 power. The flash is mounted on a bracket and positioned at about 10 o'clock at the front of the lens.
I mostly shoot handheld (#3) or use a monopod if I need to stand (#1 & #2).
Awesome shots!!! I really am growing fond of macro, thanks for the details on your setup. I really want a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8. Do you think that would work well with the spacing tubes for macro, or do I need a macro specific lens??
Thanks Jay. Yes the 50 1.8 makes a good macro with the Kenko tubes. From memory the 36mm tube gives you about 1:1 reproduction but of course working distance is fairly short but still useable for bugs.
>Thanks Jay. Yes the 50 1.8 makes a good macro with the Kenko >tubes. From memory the 36mm tube gives you about 1:1 >reproduction but of course working distance is fairly short >but still useable for bugs. > >Cheers >Leigh
Great, thanks for the feedback Leigh I am looking forward to trying this very soon!! Right now I have a tamron 28-80 and a nikon 70-300, both cheaper consumer lenses. I have been playing around with closeups with what I have, but cant wait to get a new lense and a kenko tube, so it will be great if I can get 50 and use it for multipurpose with addition of the tube!!
Thanks Brian. I think the measly 12mp sensor on my D300 helps a bit with diffraction issues It will be interesting to see how detail is effected shooting at 2x lifesize & f16 with a 24mp DX sensor. I have seen some 100% crops of the D800 at f16 and sharpness does hold up remarkably well.