Use your DSLR Kit Lens for Macro Shooting

If you have a DSLR camera and you are interested in shooting MACRO, below is a very simple setup that you can try without the need of buying a real macro lens. 

Generally, macro photographers use a real macro lens but these lenses are usually expensive like the Micro-Nikkor 105 mm F2.8G-AF-S-VR- or the Micro-Nikkor-85mm-F3.5-5g-ED-VR , below setup is the best alternative if you have a limited budget and not yet ready to buy a real macro lens.

 You can start shooting macro by using your DSLR camera with the kit lens only by attaching a Raynox macro lens in front of the kit lens.You can easily clip the Raynox in front of lenses with filter diameter of 52 mm to 67 mm.
For me,I use the kit lenses Nikkor 18-55mm & 55-200mm with Raynox macro diopters connected in front of it (I have the Raynox DCR150, DCR250 & MSN202 which I use depending on the size of the insect). 

* Nikon D90 + 55-200mm + Raynox + S400 Flash

- The above photo shows the SB-400 flash connected on top of my camera but you can always use the built-in pop-up flash of your camera.I also bought a Seagull Angle Finder to make it more easier to shoot insects on the ground but this is just optional. You can always use your DSLR camera as it is and only connecting the Raynox diopter in front of the kit lens.
- If you use a Raynox diopter in front of your lens it will confuse auto focusing of your camera so you need to focus manually. This is a little bit inconvenient in the beginning if you are not used to manual focusing but you can easily master the trick if you always remember the approximate focusing distance of the Raynox diopter you are using and simply moving your camera a little bit forward or backward in order to get the correct focus. As a guide, here are the approximate focus distance of the 3 Raynox diopters:
          Raynox DCR150 = 30 cm
          Raynox DCR250= 15 cm
          Raynox MSN202 = 5 cm
-If you own a Nikon D90 or Nikon D7000 with the Nikkor 18-105mm kit lens, you will have vignetting when you use the Raynox diopters so it is more convenient to use the Nikkor 18-55mm or Nikkor 55-200mm.

If you want to know more about the Raynox macro diopters , see the below links:

Check my other posts in this blog to see the insect photos that were  taken using the kit lenses + Raynox diopters:

    Click here: Jumping Spider

    and also here: Damselfly

Insect Macro: Damselfly


     Below are some photos of damselflies that I shot during my vacation in the Philippines.
       Damselflies are almost similar to dragonflies, but they only have their wings parallel to their body most of the time. They are smaller than dragonflies and their eyes are separated. 

My main focus in shooting damselflies are their bulging eyes. They  have compound eyes like the dragonflies, but in most cases the texture is not very visible.
Here is the link from my Flickr account showing a close-up of the damselfly with compound eye  

Note: Click on the photos above to see the details in LARGE (FULLSCREEN) 

1) Camera: Nikon D90
2) Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm

If you are interested to try the Raynox DCR 250, just click on the below links:

Insect Macro: Jumping Spider

This is my favorite macro model : Jumping Spider

     These photos were taken in the Philippines during my vacation last month of August. 
I went to Baluarte in Vigan because I was interested to visit the butterfly garden hoping to shoot some macro of butterflies. Unluckily there were only few butterflies at that time and I wasn´t able to get close enough to take some macro shots... no butterfly macros!
     Before leaving the place I found this very cute jumper and it made my day complete! Usually this type of spider is always moving and jumping that´s why it is called "jumping spider". But this one was quite cooperative and posed for me for a few times that´s why I got some pretty good shots of its "shiny eyes".

  • Click on the links shown below if you want to see more info about the camera,lens, & diffuser that I  used.
1) Camera: Nikon D90
2) Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm
4)  DIY Flash Diffuser

If you are interested to try the Raynox DCR 250, just click on the below links: