10 Aug 18 As you are all aware my favorite type of photography is macro and Fridays are dedicated to that area, this Friday being no exception with a photo of a cone flower with, surprise, a bee on it. A few weeks back I was watching a series of videos on macro photography touted as being the cat's meow on the subject put on by a major player in the digital editing software arena. To say I was disappointed would be a gross understatement but in the course of watching them all in hopes that there would be some small kernel of new information I was introduced to a couple of new lenses of which I wasn't aware. So the time spent wasn't a total waste. My current stable of macro lenses, the 55, 60, 105, and 200 mm Micro Nikkor lenses all go to a 1:1 ratio, meaning they can shoot life size, but not beyond. To go further I need to add a bellows, close up rings, extensions tubes, or reverse the lenses. All these approaches work but they require additional time to set up, degrading the glass in the prime lens, or jerry-rigging components together to get the necessary magnification. Here is where those programs fit in. One of the lenses demonstrated is a Chinese macro lens from a company called LAOWA. They offer a 25mm f/2.8 (to 16) ultra macro lens that provides 2.5 to 5.0 X continuous magnification with 0.5 x marked increments. At this point I'm sure you know I had to have one, and order one I did based on the sample images I saw produced with it. It arrived today and so far I've gotten it out of its shipping case, removed it from its vacuum wrapped bag, and read the manual if you can call what comes with it a manual, 15 pages 3.5" x 2.75". Tomorrow it goes on the camera to see how it performs for me. So be on the lookout for something next week in the 2.5 to 5.0 x magnification. I have no idea what it may be, but it will be something.
I've substantially cropped the original but that's all. Ground Zero Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 250; 1/ 250 sec @ f / 8.