If you have followed my blog, you probably know that I have a great respect and admiration towards photographers. I consider them to be our modern day historians, culture spreaders, artists, scientists, and what have you. Lately I am dedicating a few hours a day studying the techniques and gear of close-up or macro photography. What a macro lens is able to discover is absolutely amazing. Creation is much more than what you can see with your naked eye.
Ideal subjects for photographing with close-up lens include portraits, flowers, and details. I plan to use my close-up lenses for photographing details and flowers. Shooting details offers a great way of capturing the spirit of a place or object. With a close up lens you can get near enough to photograph a particular detail. Life-size (1:1) magnification is not that difficult if you have the right tools and the proper skills to use them. I’m working on both.
Yesterday morning I went out to my wife’s miniscule garden to take a few close-up picture of an Aloe vera plant with two of my cameras, (e.g., a DSLR Canon EOS Rebel T2i and a P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS). My goal was to test a new lens that I recently purchased from Amazon. So far the results have been disappointing, but I’m still testing to see if I’m the problem, or the problem lies in the low quality of the macro lens. I’m referring to the Vivitar 0.43x professional wide-angle lens with macro. Yesterday I worked with the macro part which can be separated from the wide-angle lens.
Below are the results of both devices:
I. DSLR Canon EOS Rebel T2i with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 fixed lens and a Vivitar macro lens screwed on top
II. P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS
If at the end of the day, the Vivitar macro lens doesn’t perform as advertised, no problem. I can always depend on my P&S camera for decent results. Of course I’m anxious to see how the Fujifilm X-30 will behave. That’s another option under my sleeve. Good Day.