Saturday, 4 June 2016
Old camera outing
I have an old DSLR - a Canon 400D - that must be getting on for 12 years old now. At the time of purchase I also obtained a Canon 60mm macro lens - mainly for taking photos of moths at rest. For a while I studiously set the camera up on a tripod, used a remote control thingy and made sure that the depth of field and light was good enough to obtain passable results of the said resting moths. And then I got lazy...
My compact Panasonic camera could take excellent shots with minimal fuss, so I just used that - no setting up, no trial and error, just click and move on. A bit soulless though.
The other day I dusted down the old gear and took it out into the field at Box Hill. Pointed the 60mm at a few plants. Shown here are Sainfoin (top and middle) and Common Milkwort (bottom). Was quite pleased with the results. Of course depth of field is an issue (they were taken with an automatic setting) but in some ways it is quite effective having all but a focus point 'blurry'. I'm trying to convince myself that I really need a 100mm macro. The trouble with the 60mm is that you need to get very close to the subject, which isn't always workable if the subject can fly away (i.e. a butterfly or insect). Can I justify the expense? I already have some relatively expensive lenses that have just gathered dust (not literally!!) in the camera bag over the years, so I do wonder if it might just hide and join them if I did go out and get one.