I have been shooting using my new Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens. Tried using it as a regular lens and so far it works great but since it is also a macro lens, I attempted doing some truly close-up photo shoot. Here’s the result of numerous attempts just to get it right:
All I can say is, wow, it’s hard to compose for macro photos! It looks easy when you look at other’s macro images, but for me, it was not! You really have to be patient when you are focusing with this lens for macro shots as the depth of field is very shallow when you get really close. In order to get more depth of field, you have to work with a much smaller aperture but in doing that your shutter speed goes down (I shoot in Aperture Priority) so you are more prone to camera shake when you are taking the image. Lighting is also important, especially when you have the front of the lens so close to the subject. I don’t have a tripod right now so I had to make do with hand-held shots. I now have a newfound respect for all dedicated Macro photographers.
The more I use this lens, the more I am falling in love with it. It’s not the fastest focusing lens I have; it hunts sometimes and is quite noisy. But when it locks on, the images are very sharp.
Hey, how about that! I was able to go out and shoot! Well then, here’s hoping for more photos from me in the coming days!