Like to get in nice and close? The best way is a macro lens unquestionably, but here is a lens that does a pretty darn good job that is just a zoom. Just so happens I am selling it. I lose a lot of images to the net and I can just see the one below off on its travels. It was taken yesterday with this lens.
No special skill, just a lens that is sharp enough to enlarge your images to look like you have a macro lens. Below I really enlarged the image, see the original at the end of the post.
I did a post on macro photography called, Hopping on Board with Macro, Shooting the Critters. In it I used my two macro lenses and also the lens I am selling in this post. In fact, the photos it took were really good and it held its own against the macro lenses.
How about catching the action shots of those moving birds?
Well, there are things a DSLR has to make that easier. With a point and shoot, it is close to pot luck. Sure there are modes you can change, but do you have control over focus and steadiness of hand? With many DSLRs, you can have variable focus options and steady control.
I thought I would do another sales pitch and see if any one of my readers is interested in the camera and lens I have used for much of the images on GWGT.
Perhaps if you want to move up from your point and shoot, this Nikon D80 might be a good next step. The lens the camera comes with is a 18-135mm, 3.5-5.6 G mid-range zoom and they have been a trusty duo for many years. You can see by the photos, the pair are still going strong.
Since the proof is in the pudding, I went out in the backyard to photograph chives, iris and peonies buzzing with diners. It is the perfect time of year to do some closeup photography to demonstrate the quality of the camera and lens.
I bought it new 8-14-2007 with a basic kit cost of $1,299.99, tax excluded. I took it in for service three times for cleaning and tuning up since I had a four-year extended warranty which allowed for cleaning and any repair at no charge.
What I want for the D80 and 18-135mm lens is $240 plus the cost of shipping and insurance, total about $280+ I am guessing. When someone offers to purchase, I will go to UPS to get the actual shipping cost and insurance. Since shipping with UPS, if the package arrives late, is damaged or stolen you have no claim against me. Your claim is against UPS since I will have it insured for your/my protection.
I will accept payment through PayPal where all anyone needs to start buying is a PayPal account and their email address or mobile number. I hope to include the PayPal button in the email I send to the purchaser. I will take a personal check, but you will wait 14 days for the check to clear. A Postal Money Order is OK too through the US Postal Service. You have to provide your correct shipping address and telephone number with your payment.
You can email me (SOLD) if you are interested or want more information. First come, first serve. I may have a buyer already, but have not received payment yet, so it still is up for grabs.
I have the original receipt, box and all the unused CD’s, manual and paperwork.
It is fully automatic if that is your choosing with a macro setting for subjects like the bees. I often use the Sports Mode or Shutter Priority Mode for flying bees, below Shutter Priority 1/800sec.
I also use Continuous Mode which allows three consecutive shots per second to be fired, almost guaranteeing at least one shot of a fast-moving subject will be sharply focused. Above one of the three bee shots was a bit soft, so it really is helpful. Continuous Mode needs to be in Shutter Priority or Manual with a shutter speed of 1/250th or faster. When you shoot wildlife on the move, you need higher than 1/250th of a second shutter speed anyway.
This means nothing to most of you but it is the metadata associated with camera and image. It is to show the D80 as the camera and the 18-135mm as the lens for the flying bee above. The camera settings are 1/800 f5.6 ISO 200.
Another helpful function… auto focus track your moving subject. When you hold the shutter button half way down, the camera will continue to focus and track the subject. It locks the focus on the moving target like when panning a shot. The D80 has tracking but in Sports Mode as an auto setting. Helps to keep flying birds in focus.
Below, you can see the one flying bee is the only one in clear focus, the one the camera tracked. The small insect to the right is in focus, but it is also in the same plane of view.
It is a pretty good camera on non-manual settings too.
They always say it is not the equipment that makes the photograph, but in many ways it is. In fact, most cameras today and most lenses are far better than the photographer operating them. Yes, more expensive lenses have more features and better glass, but again, the photos prove this lens is capable.
The balance and weight of a bigger camera helps the photographer steady the shot for less camera shake when hand holding. Lugging the pro models around is a different story though.
I can put my camera on eBay and may do that if none of you readers are interested. I will only ship in the US or Canada by UPS. I will insure it also.
I sharpened these images a tad since I was enlarging them, you can see some grain, but really this is not bad for a basic entry DSLR.
It has been great as a second camera and I often took it along photographing animals at the zoo with the lens I am including in the kit. I can’t remember which photos it took in that post, but I did use this lens on the snow leopard with this camera.
The D80 is a pretty light weight camera at about 1.7 pounds. The lens adds 13.5 oz. to the body and yet it is still heavy enough to avoid some camera shake.
I am pretty sure anyone purchasing the set would love it. The other lens I recently sold was the 55-300mm and it was mostly used on this camera body too. I took all the images in the post, Buzzing a Crocus Says Spring is Here, with this camera when selling the 300mm lens.
1/800 f10.0 ISO320
Click any image to enlarge. I hope readers enjoyed the bees and their friends. And while bees are still here to photograph…join America’s national effort to save the bees by urging Home Depot and Lowe’s to quit selling neonicotinoid pesticides. It may save us one day too since these are powerful nerve agents with a long half-life. Sign the petition.
It SOLD. Yes folks, I got email confirmation from a reader. Thanks for viewing the bees and friends.