Monday, August 1, 2011

Up Close and Personal- what kind of macro lens to buy.


purple coneflower
Sorry I’ve been away from the blog for a few days, I’ve just had a lot going on, but I’m back!  :0)
As you know, I just got a big girl camera a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been trying desperately to learn how to use this thing!
I am getting the hang of some of it, but I wanted to take some really close up pics and you just can’t do that very well on the regular modes of the camera. I decided to get a macro lens…well sort of.  Macro lenses cost a small fortune, so I found a cool little gadget that works beautifully and only cost a FRACTION of what a macro lens cost.

Let me introduce you to the Raynox DCR-250.  It just clips to the front of your regular lens and takes great pics! ($75.00 on amazon)

raynox DCR-250

I took all the photos on this page with the Raynox, and I’m just learning how to use it, so if you REALLY know what you’re doing, your pics would be fabulous! (some day I’ll learn more!)  I did buy the Canon EOS for DUMMIES book, so I’m trying! lol

Anyway, here a few shots I took using the Raynox. Keep in mind, these flowers are teeny tiny, but look like normal size flowers because of the lens. :0)

purple flowers

Yellow Yarrow…..

yellow yarrow...nice

Our birch tree bark…. (I think it kinda looks like shaved white chocolate!)

birch bark

Spider web with dew…..

spider web photo

Butterfly on flower…..

butterfly on flower

Morning Glory leaf against the morning sky

morning glory vine against the morning sky

Pretty in Pink….

pink flower

Miniature rose bud…

rose bud



Purple sage…..

purple sage


Sneak peek of an upcoming project….

waverly Norfolk Rose

Star fish and sea shells….

star fish

sea shells

sea shell

I’m just in love with this little lens!  The Raynox is a super macro conversion lens that works with SLR/Video cameras.  You’ll have to check to make sure it’ll work with yours, but it sure has made me a happy gal!

I have one of my projects that I was telling you about totally finished, so it’ll be coming up this week, so keep an eye out!

Have a great week!


PS..I didn’t get any compensation for telling you about this lens, I just think it’s a great product for the price. :0)


Leave It To Davis said...

Those are beautiful pictures! You were smart to buy the camera you could buy different lenses for! Now, I wish I had spent the extra bucks and bought the same one you did!! Oh, well, live and learn!

A Southern Rose said...

What great picures! I would love a camera like that.

Can't wait to see your next finished project!

Lee Laurie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Missy! You took those pictures?? They are fabulous! You must be thrilled! I didn't mean that the way it sounded like you could not have taken those photos but what a fabulous add on to your camera! I am impressed! (Like I haven't said that to you before!) lol ~Hugs, Patti

Sawdust Girl said...

Wow Missy these are great! I'll have to look into that lens clip. Awesome!

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS! I have a big girl camera and am still learning. I'll have to go check this out! thanks!


Haven said...

Thank you so much! I'm wanting a new camera because I really do believe that beautiful photos just make a blog. I'm just not sure if I will be able to figure out a complicated camera. Anyway, you've spurred me on. Your photos are just stunning!

My Cottage Charm said...

Thanks Haven! Hope you get it figured out and find the camera you're looking for! I tried to comment on your blog, but there's no where to comment yet. :) You gotta put up that first post girlfriend, so I can talk to you. ;) Have a great day!

Marilyn said...

Holey Cow, honey-that is amazing. Think about the pictures you could take of these silly flies that are buzzing around from the dairy next door AND driving me crazy!. Maybe I need the lens so I could hit one of them when I use my fly swatter. Usually I hit AIR!♥♫

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful photos, Missy! Thanks for sharing the info!

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