drh681: I'm surprised at the negativity being displayed about this lens.
there are plenty of "Sharp and Contrasty" lenses in the market.
If you do not want sharp and not contrasty that's fine.
There is however a segment of wedding shooters and portraitists who go to considerable time and effort to add this effect in post processing.
I probably would not use this lens exclusively in those situations either, but it makes a nice "Change Up" for your lens battery.
I totally agree. There comes a point at which obsessing over microcontrast, resolution, chromic aberrations, and other forms of pixel peeping just becomes tiring. The pursuit of perfection becomes a chore and removes all the fun from shooting photos.
When I reach that point, I grab my lensbaby (tilt transformer), and it lets me focus more on being creative. Shooting becomes about getting a feel or telling a story instead of grabbing a perfectly focused shot. In a way, it's liberating; photography becomes fun again.
So no, it's not a perfect lens, but for me, it was definitely worth the purchase price.
I used to take classes in entomology, so I've picked up a few pointers on finding insects that I thought would be worth sharing here.
1: Life prefers edges. You'll find a much greater variety of insects at the border between a forest and a field than you will in the middle of either. Treelines, pathways, and edges of streams are all excellent places.
2: Dress for the occasion. Wear bright colors and some fragrance, and the bees and butterflies are likely to come to you.
3: If you're looking for the bugs themselves, you'll have a rough time of it. Look instead for evidence of bugs. Chewed leaves, withered plants, dark spots on trees, rolled up leaves; most anything out of place.
4: Patience is key. Sometimes it's best to just sit by some flowers and wait for the bugs to come to you. Try not to panic when a few inevitably use you as a place to rest. Use slow, deliberate movements.
5: For nocturnal insects, light traps will make things really easy.
Good luck, Everyone!
Nice shot, but the Corvette isn't made by Mazda.
From the pictures here, it looks like the hinge on the screen lost the ability to angle downward. It was a feature that I ended up using frequently to record concerts; let me shoot over top of the crowd and still watch the screen with relative ease. The built-in flash is a welcome addition tho.