The Post TITLE says my feelings. Since Dec 2015, I became very busy in office. Was returning home mostly after 6:30PM ... very tired. I was not allotting time for photography during office days.
I bought "Sony SEL 35mm f/1.8 OSS Prime Lens" last year; my costliest lens. It is a great lens. Low light photgraphy with a shutter speed of 1/6 seconds ? No problem at all with this f/1.8 Lens, due to the Optical Stabilisation. But, I found that I was leaving everything for the Camera to decide. Result ??? My part in Photography was diminishing; I was becoming a point-and-shoot photographer. No fun
. So, I left that Prime at home and was happy to shoot with my other Manual Focus Prime Lenses.
Bought a "Lens Turbo-II" for around USD 80, to go with my Canon Lenses. The LensTurbo got rid of the 1.5 crop factor associated with APS-C sensors. My Canon FD Manual Focus (MF) Lenses with the LensTurbo plus NEX-5R's APS-C sensor became a " Full-Frame Sensor" equivalent. Fun returned. Life with Camera was happy again.
One day I dropped the FD 50mm f/1.4 and broke couple of inner elements. Started looking for a 50mm MF lens. But this time I didn't want to spend more than USD 50 . Getting a good lens at that low price is purely luck, but, this "waiting and buying part" is extremely good. The more you wait, more is the pleasure
One day, eBay sent a notification - "Auction ends in 30 minutes". It was for a 50mm Macro Lens from OM Zuiko; some 20-30 year old MF lens. I was surprised that the bid amount was still at USD 13. WHY ???
The seller mentioned "Fungus on UV Filter" in his listing and bidders were staying away from the auction. I waited for the last 2 minutes and joined the bidding. With 7 seconds remaining, I hiked my max bid amount to USD 20 and banged the "Enter Key". Browser refreshed and eBay declared me the winner. This is the lens:
for info, Sony's own SEL30M35 30mm f/3.5 e-mount Macro Lens would cost around Rs. 15,000/- if lucky. I asked the seller to throw away the "Fungus infected UV Filter"
and send the lens alone. 6 days later it arrived at Kolkata. Customs there took bit extra time and finally the Lens arrived sometime in the 2nd week of Dec 2016.
You feel reluctant to remove some lenses from the Camera. This Macro Lens is one of them; along with my Canon FD 28mm f/3.5 and OM Zuiko 28mm f/2.8 lenses. As of now photography IS FORCING ME TO give time for it, mainly due to this Macro lens. Here it is mounted on my NEX-5R Camera:
Does it look like a 20-30 year old lens ? Last week I was at my home town and noticed a small beehive coming up at 8 feet above, on a small Mango tree. The Bees were less than half the size of normal bees
. I spent considerable time near the beehive, for the bees to get used to me. Then used the Macro as a regular 50mm lens and shot this picture below:
In the above Pic, notice the High ISO and Exposure Bias compensation of 3. Sun was high up in the sky and the hive was in pretty bad shadow.
Then I used the Macro function of lens
(keep rotating the focusing ring on the lens to extend the tip of lens forward --- now I can go within 6 inches of the object). I didn't go THAT up close to the hive (FEAR FEAR FEAR). A 100% crop from the snap shot below:
The Aperture could be either 8 or 11. I don't remember exactly. High ISO and Exposure Bias were used to get a faster shutter speed for a sharper Pic. With the bees constantly moving around, I consider this a decent shot. BTW
, the best method to use a Macro lens for macro photography is "on a tripod plus a remote". I didn't use neither. All shots in this post were taken hand-held.
And yesterday, while on evening walk, a leaf interested me due to its color. Shot it with the Macro Lens but in regular 50mm mode. After cropping out uninteresting portions, the picture is below :
Look at the veins (correct usage ??? ) and the edges. You can spot a spider silk thread on the leaf edges. A prime lens is a prime lens, irrespective of its age. Then I saw my daughter jumping and running ahead of me and clicked the pic below using the Macro as a regular 50mm Lens : Conclusion on the Zuiko
: This 50mm Macro Lens works as a 75mm telephoto lens on APS-C Sensors (50 x 1.5 crop factor). This is true for all the Nikon and Canon APS-C sensor based DSLRs
. It can be used as a good portrait lens. It can also be used as a Landscape Lens but getting the hyper-focal distance setting on the Lens IS TOUGH (as can be seen in the last pic). With my 28mm lens, I would have got the hyper-focal setting spot on. With more usage I might get the hyperfocus in this Macro too. But, as a Macro Lens, it is Great Great Greaaaaaaaat
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