So, I’ve been experimenting with a Raynox 250, as I said in my previous post. This is essentially a lense that clips on to the front of a lense to get you even closer. When combined with a macro lense, you get even closer. This does have it’s problems though, in that even with steady hands there’s still some shake, requiring high shutter speeds and a bit of luck. A tripod would make life easier when it comes to shake, but also makes life more difficult if you want to freely explore an object.
If I was feeling brave, I could even throw in some extension tubes and get closer still, but there’s only so much you can do whilst retaining your sanity!
I will be keeping the Raynox close to hand as it’s useful, but will need more practice using. Here are a few images I’ve made using it, mostly clipped onto my Tamron 90mm.
Just two from today. This snail was very obliging. I almost moved it out of my way and then I thought to go and get my camera to photograph it. Taken with the Tamron 90mm Macro Lense, 12mm Extension Tube and Ring Flash.
I particularly like the ring flash effect on the “eyeball” of the eye stalk. Always fascinating seeing creatures up close.