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In the beginning Pentax created the K-r.

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Posted by: Charlotte on Thu Sep 06, 2012 18:52   (3157 Reads)
I saw that it was good and I bought one.
I thought I'd go back to the beginning of my Macro journey. It'll do me good to recap and it might help others as well. It'll probably bore people to death but might help some avoid the mistakes I made along the way.

I mainly bought the K-r to do Macro photography my Fuji had taken me as far as I could go with a point and shoot. I wanted to get closer and more detailed shots than these.

Fuji finepix s1500 point and shoot bridge camera.

At that stage, with my K-r, I couldn't afford to buy a dedicated Macro lens. As I also wanted to be able to photograph wildlife such as birds and deer as well I needed a multi-purpose lens. After researching (I've done an awful lot of that over this last year) decided that a Sigma 70-300 mm with Macro was just the ticket. It had good reviews for its Macro capabilities and sharpness.

I've since been told several times that you can't get a decent Macro photo with a zoom lens. Well you live and learn, don't you. Wink

I didn't need to use any extra light and eventually learned how to trick the lens into thinking I was further away than I actually was, so that I could get closer to the subject. I soon found that Auto focus was not a good idea for close ups – and with some comments from forum members and scouring the internet discovered that I needed to fine tune the focus adjustment on my camera for this particular lens, if I didn't want soft looking photos.

I then discovered I had more control over the resulting photo if I did everything in Manual mode which in turn gave me more creativity.

Some of my very first macros taken with the Sigma 70-300mm

It might be a relief for some but I appear to have lost (mis-filed) most of my photos taken with the sigma, I might repost another time with some more when I find them.

So as was to become the story of my life so far, I couldn't get close enough or detailed enough so I 'needed' another lens. Little did I know then that I knew absolutely nothing and I had an awful lot more to learn before I would be able to take a half decent Macro photo. Laughing

Next blog will be the arrival of the fantastic Vivitar 55mm manual Macro. I'll bore you all totally with all the technical stuff I learned with that lens and loads of photos. Razz
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