I recently bought a 60mm micro lens to use wmy D100 and I'm a bit confused about the distance scale on the focusing ring as well as the stated focusing distance in the manual. It says the min distance is 8 3/4", but I'm much closer when doing macro work: more like 2+ inches. At 8 3/4" it's way out of focus.
Can anyone explain this?
Happy with the results though. This lens is really sharp.
Remember that the distance is measured from the "film" plane (in this case, your CCD) not the front element of the lens. I understand that at closest focus point, the front of the lens will be sticking out a fair way from the camera? Not sure that it would be quite 6 inches from the back of the camera - but it would still account for most of the difference that you see...
Ditto..."nice Shot" DLS. Anyone know what type of spider that is? Good thing it didn't jump at it's reflection in the lens thinking it may have been the opposite sex or otherwise...hmmmm !!! I also use the 60 micro with my D1X....great lens. Further, I added a Ring Flash with a 62mm to 52mm step down ring. Works nice when not enough available light. Syl Z.
>I just ordered a 60mm micro for my d1x. Any suggestions or >issues you've found with it on the d1x? > >Tom
Tom, I'm guessing you have a SB Flash for your D1X...if so. In case you haven't purchased one, I would suggest a SC-17, off camera flash cable. They are expensive but come in very handy with the "60mm micro" or other interesting lighting affects with other lenses as well. Syl Z.
>>I just ordered a 60mm micro for my d1x. Any suggestions or >>issues you've found with it on the d1x? >> >>Tom > >Tom, >I'm guessing you have a SB Flash for your D1X...if so. >In case you haven't purchased one, I would suggest a SC-17, >off camera flash cable. They are expensive but come in very >handy with the "60mm micro" or other interesting lighting >affects with other lenses as well. >Syl Z.
Another useful item to carry around with you is one or two reflectors to possibly reflect natural light into shadowed areas whether for closeup shots or H&S shots etc. I carry around (2) square, 14inch, reflectosols. They are also very good to add to the opposite side of your subject with your SC-17 flash assembly coming in from the other side. With the little bit of fill light needed for shadowed areas you'll find this to have surprisingly great results. Syl Z.
I've been trying out the built-in flash on the d100. In fact that's what I used for the first shot as well as this...
It seems to do a pretty decent job for macro (with limitations), and you can't beat the convenience. I'm trying to see what I can get out of it anyway. Has anyone ever tried diffusing a built in flash?
I think if you buy an SU-4 (ie, the TTL wireless base for older TLL flashes, you get a diffuser for built in flashes. I have seen it once on this site (sorry don't recall where). But it would be easy to do with a paper towel...