I’ve recently acquired this new gadget. It’s a lens that will attach to the front of other lenses and allow to take extreme closeup shots above 1x magnification with almost any lens.
It has a learning curve, though. Using a 125mm lens it’s possible to reach 1x magnification. At 300mm it’s close to 2.7x, and taking pictures handheld becomes a nightmare. Also, depth of field becomes painfully thin. In order to get enough stuff in focus I was forced to shoot at really small apertures, requiring some extra light. Ideally, I’d need a tripod for the camera and a light stand for the flash. My only test subject was my purple flower in the balcony. There was no way to setup all that gear in my tiny balcony, so I placed a small LED light near the flower and used the camera handheld.
In December it’s hard to find flowers around here, and bugs are not very common as well. It’s a good time to get used to this new gadget, though. My plan is to get used to focus stacking and post processing, which is the only part of the macro-workflow I’m not familiar with at all.
Considering how tiny this flower is, and the fact that I was shooting handheld, i’m fairly happy with the results. Still a lot of room for improvement, of course.