NX20 with SMC Takumar 100mm f/4 Bellows Macro

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NX20 with SMC Takumar 100mm f/4 Bellows Macro
Jan 5, 2013

I have been going back to some old lenses for a bit that I am planning on reviewing (some 100mm f/4 macro lenses), and found this great old SMC Takumar 100mm f/4 Macro Bellows lens. This is a really neat macro lens as it is designed to only be used on a bellows, and because of this you can get infinity focus on the bellows. This makes using it much easier as it is not limited to macro only. The other interesting thing with this macro is the aperture is designed to be completely round at f/22 for macro photography, this is fine for full frame, not great for APS-C. The blades make a weird star shape at wider apertures.

Here are some shots, all on tripod, and all have some image editing to boost contrast a bit and make the image how I wanted. Some are cropped. I changed the color to be washed out on a couple of them as the red light for the lizard was on and the red and tungsten make for some weird color (see the one with him licking his eye). This is my son's crested gecko, Rhacodactylus ciliatus.

This lizard is pretty slow when he freezes to avoid predators allowing me to use low ISO and long shutter speeds (don't want to use the strobe on him so close), but the tongue licking I had to use a very high ISO to freeze the motion and still have some depth of field. Most of these are at f/5.6-8.

Comments/Critique always welcome



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