Taking closeups, even of everyday things, can make for an interesting experience. Looking "really close" can open up a whole new world. The equipment needed for macro photography can be expensive, but it does not have to be. We managed to put together a lens/bellows macro setup for our Nikon D90 for around $200.
The 50mm Nikkor lens was obtained new from Amazon for $100. We had to search a bit on Craigslist and EBay and was finally successful in getting a used Nikon PB-4 bellows for $109.
We don't have much experience with this macro setup yet but did manage to get some reasonably good images our first time out! The seed pod below was taken using the 50mm without the PB-4 bellows.
However, with the bellows attached, we were able to get MUCH closer. What we gave up was depth of field. There are ways around the DOF problem, but that is a topic for another day.
For now, we just wanted to show some first attempts of our macro efforts with the new 50mm Nikkor and bellows combo. It took a little work to get used to working at this scale, but it was a lot simpler than we had expected. We will be taking the macro rig outside and trying it on everything we can find. Check back in a few weeks to see what we were able to reveal. [Permalink] - Macro Bellows