In preparation for my coming Nikon 300mm f/4.5 ED IF AIS review I went out this morning with my PN-11 extension tube attached to take insect pictures. Here’s some of the results as a preview — or should I say pre-review?
This first image really illustrates what’s nice about this combination. I took this photo seconds after putting on the PN-11. It’s certainly possible to get this type of image with a 105mm or 200mm macro lens, but being at 300mm let me be 4 feet away so the moth wasn’t scared in the slightest.
My focus wasn’t perfect for the bee in this second shot, the shutter may not have been quite fast enough either, not sure. In any case, I’m a sucker for pictures with flight like this, so I’m still happy with it.
bee in flight
With the other two, I used my monopod, but this one was just handheld. It was bright enough that they all could have been handheld, but the monopod made focusing much easier.
All images were taken with natural light only at f/5.6 or f/8 on my D200.