After posting some of my macro shots of the spider’s and insects, I’ve been asked about what kind of gear I use to create those images. Instead of buying an expensive macro lens, I’ve been able to piece together a rather inexpensive setup that lets me get close to 1 to 1 ratio. Below are some pictures and a list of the gear I use.
After reading some other blogs recently espousing the fun that can be had with some macro photography tools, I jumped on-board and ordered a few cheap accessories to have some fun. With just the basics, wandering around your back yard can open up many new opportunities in photography.
These were the first shots that I’ve taken with my basic setup. I ordered a $30 set of Meike Macro Extension tubes for my X-Pro2 and used with my 56mm f/1.2 or 18-135mm Fuji lenses. On the front the lens, I added a Raynox 150 macro lens that I had from previous dabbles in macro photography. To get the depth of field I needed, I had to stop down the lens to either f/16 or f/18. Due to the extremely small aperture, I attached a flash via a TTL cord to illuminate the subject and keep ISO down. All of these shots were handheld and the working distance was between 2 and 3 inches of the lens. It was challenging and I’m sure there are better setups for this, but for the minimal cost involving, I’m very happy with the results.
Today my family and I explored the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. We had never been there and were pleasantly surprised at the many exhibits and hands on activities for kids. Seeing as there would be brightly colored birds, I had to bring a camera bag.
My X-Pro2 along with the 18-55, 55-200, 12mm and the 56mm came along. I ended up using the 55-200mm for most of the bird shooting, but the other lenses were used for various shots of the family and of the architecture. Thankfully, since the Fuji system is relatively small and light weight, the camera bag wasn’t too heavy at all.