View 168: Weekend with Macro

Over the weekend I had the use of a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR macro lens which I rented from LensRentals.com. I will be writing up a review later this week but thought I would share a few teaser photos now.

The Nikon 105mm VR Macro lens is sharp and build quality is tight.  If you own a Nikon dSLR and are in the market for a Macro lens, you would be very happy with the 105mm VR. Sure works well for product photography as these two photos show in a studio setup I did using a Nikon SB-600 Speedlight as an off-camera flash.

Ford Mustang emblem key chain taken with the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro (Macro) lens.

Ford Mustang emblem key chain. Nikon D700/105VR, 1/250s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.7, off-camera flash at -1 Power.

My exercise partner, an Orange Ipod Shuffle taken with a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro (Macro) lens.

My exercise partner, an Orange Ipod Shuffle. Nikon D700/105VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 2800, EV 0, off-camera flash at -1 power.

As fun as it was finding stuff to photograph at home, I wanted to see how the lens would work out in the field.  It’s a bit early for wildflowers around here.  Instead, I went to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.  Their indoor displays have glass enclosures with both small and large animals.  Like this Mojave Black-collared Lizard who posed for this 1:1 Macro portrait.

Mojave Black-collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores) at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

Mojave Black-collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores) at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. Nikon D700/105VR, 1/50s, f/3.3, ISO 3200, EV +0.3.

The Nikon 105mm Macro doubles as an excellent portrait lens.  The ocelot was the most alert I have seen him.  I was shooting with a monopod as it is less bothersome in a busy public location like a zoo. It helped a lot in getting this photo which is cropped from the original.

Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York taken with a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro (Macro) lens.

Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. Nikon D700/105VR, 1/10s, f/2.8, ISO 3200, EV +0.3.

The Nikon 105mm VR macro lens is a very versatile prime lens and I had a hard time sending it back.

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24 Responses to View 168: Weekend with Macro

  1. Gerry says:

    Ocelot must’ve been watching Lizard. I really like the portrait. (Also the orange iPod. Go figure.)

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  2. kanniduba says:

    Love that lizard shot! Very cool Scott!

    Sorry I forgot to send macro shots. 😦 I’ve been a bit distracted lately.

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  3. montucky says:

    I love the lizard shot! That’s some lens!

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  4. Wow, these are all excellent shots, the lighting is great too. I have a 105 lens too and I rarely use it but I should 🙂

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  5. Nye says:

    It would be hard for me to send it back also, I really need to stay away from these lens. 🙂 Love the iPod image and the Lizard looks very cool.

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one taking a closeup image with a high f stop. I discovered that it gives me a sharper overall image when photographing the eggs last Summer.

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    • Even at high f-stops, macro lenses do not have a lot of depth of field when focusing so close. I should have tried some at f/32 when I was using a flash. Next time!

      Don’t forget Karma’s mantra: Big number, big focus area, little number, little focus area.

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  6. Barry Wallis says:

    I participated in a Scott Kelby photo walk at the San Diego Wild Animal Park last summer. The leader arranged for a special showing up close and personal with a trainer and several animals (armadillo, macaw and alligator). I got some amazing macro shots like this close up of a the eye of a blue hyacinth macaw: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barrywallis/4845145883/

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  7. milkayphoto says:

    Doing nice things with that lens there, Scott. The animal shots are superb! The odd lighting on the Ocelot is fantastic and makes it a real standout!

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  8. Anna says:

    Great lizard and Ocelot. I have a fine and dandy Canon macro lens that hasn’t seen much use lately. I hope to shoot a lot more with macro in the coming months. Macro makes for some wonderful and expressive images. 🙂

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  9. Robin says:

    Really nice, Scott. I’m not sure which one I like best… the lizard or the ocelot.

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  10. These are great Scott, I like the Mustang shot a lot, very cool look to it !!

    Personally I use the Sigma 150 doesn’t have the VR but I really have liked the results I have gotten with it.

    You ready for the Tourney..I know I am really hoping for a Big tourney out of the Big East teams especially my Cards 😉

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    • Hi, Bernie!

      I read where if you get a macro lens, you should try and get the longest possible for better working distances. Especially with animals and insects. The Nikon 200mm f/4 macro is VERY expensive. I liked how versatile the 105mm length was on my full frame camera. Lensrentals.com also has the Sigma so I will probably try it out too. Make a good comparison article.

      I am just glad Louisville is not in Syracuse’s bracket. They have had our number the last couple of years. I don’t like it that we could play Marquette in the second game. I thought they were supposed to avoid Big East matchups until the Sweet 16 round.

      Let the madness begin!! I got Louisville and Syracuse in my Final Four. I think the other Big East teams are going to run into match up issues or other Big East teams. We will see just how strong a conference it turns out to be.

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    • Ouch, did not see that coming. That part of my bracket is now trashed. Sorry, Bernie!

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