I noticed yesterday that a few crocus have popped their petals above ground so there was only one thing to do: grab a camera and a bit of gear and head to the blooming flower field. You gear people have, no doubt, begun to wonder about the lens and settings so here they are. Lens: 70-180 macro zoom. It’s been discontinued for some years, but is my macro. While it’s considered to be slow (F4.5-f5.6) heavy and a 2-touch those are no problems.
I consider it to be just the right weight, not toooooo slow, and provides the option of changing the subject size in the frame once I’ve decided on the focus. I’m using a tripod 99% (at least) when shooting macro/closeup images with an f20 aperture so there’s no problem. Get extension tubes for your old lens, then get out and get closer. It’s fun with a built-in challenge.
Camera settings for this shot: 122mm, f20 @ 60th, ISO 125, WB Sun, e/v +1, bounced flash off poster board