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Lester A. Dine f/2.8 1:1 Macro 105mm Lens for Nikon

Jeannie Keeter , Sep 01, 2006; 05:09 p.m.

I just bought a Lester A. Dine f/2.8 1:1 Macro 105mm Lens for Nikon off of Ebay.

Would anyone be willing to share with me their favorite ideas for photography subjects using this particular lens - having the experience having done so already? Also, I would love to hear any recommendations on handling/set-up/etc. for this type of photography.

I am so excited! My first macro lens and it is the one so many of you have commented on/praised in the past. This is wonderful forum and I am so thankful it exists! Thank you~


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Arnab Pratim Das , Sep 01, 2006; 05:17 p.m.

Congratulations on being proud owner of one of the finest macro lenses ever made.

Photographic ideas ... well, depends on what your favorite subjects are. This lens will do justice for any macro subject. Since this lens can resolve such incredible detail, centers of flowers with stamens would be a great start.

And since this lens produces extremely pleasing background rendition (bokeh), play with background highlights/textures all you like.

Kiron bokeh

Arnab Pratim Das , Sep 01, 2006; 05:41 p.m.

"Do you find you like it more, less, or just in a different way than your 105mm F4 Nikkor?" - Peter P.

I love it as much as the 200/4 AF Micro and more than anything else :)

Also - truly flat filed and amazing corner sharpness, so shoot anything that requires corner-to-corner sharpness.

Go ahead and shoot subjects corner-to-corner!

Damsel at an angle - no cropping

Arnab Pratim Das , Sep 01, 2006; 06:01 p.m.

I don't do much flowers, but this lens will shine there too.

Flower head-on -- Kiron 105/2.8 + D200

Arnab Pratim Das , Sep 01, 2006; 06:04 p.m.

No creature is ugly enough for the Kiron 105/2.8 ..

Spider - Kiron 105/2.8 + D200

Arnab Pratim Das , Sep 01, 2006; 06:18 p.m.

And as magnification gets higher, completely blurred backgrounds are very pleasing.

Leafhopper - D200 + Kiron 105mm/f2.8 1:1 fitted with Vivitar Macro 90mm/f2.5 dedicated life-size adapter, ISO 100 NEF

Arnab Pratim Das , Sep 01, 2006; 06:21 p.m.

Environmental bug portraits work very well too, so you don't always need to get so close.

Gnat on flower in the morning - D200 + Kiron 105mm/f2.8

Jeannie Keeter , Sep 01, 2006; 06:23 p.m.

Thank you so much everyone for the great examples! And tips for set-up - i.e. tripod, lighting, etc.? I love nature photography, so perhaps Mother Nature will have more say over most of the conditions than I will!

Arnab Pratim Das , Sep 01, 2006; 06:45 p.m.

"tripod, lighting, etc"

Use the heaviest tripod you can (I recommend Gitzo Explorer 2220) and use a remote (wired/wiress) release. I do not use flash, so I shoot using available light. Needs a lot of patience, but its worth it.


Dee Warenycia , Sep 01, 2006; 07:13 p.m.

Congrats, Jeannie, on the new lens! I look forward to seeing some great pics....soon.

Arnab...what remote release are you using on your D200? I was perfectly happy with the cable release I had with my D100....but, no such beast is available for the D200 :-(

As always, great pics, Arnab! I find your spiders to be beautiful...not ugly...

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