So today, in preparation for a trip to Butchart Gardens tomorrow, I pulled out my sister's old Canon - the one I bounced on the patio a year or so ago. I removed the extremely versatile but now damaged 18-255 mm lens, replaced it with a non-zooming not-so-versatile basic 50 mm lens that likely came with the camera base, and then remembered I had some extender tubes amongst my sister's stuff.
Extender tubes are a way to distance the lens from the body of the camera in order to take macro shots - that is, shots of little things really, really close up. I'd never tried them out, but thought that might be good for photographing flowers at the gardens. So while my garden is nothing like Butchart Gardens, I took them out back to try them out.
I haven't quite figured out how to use the two largest ones, nor how to do stuff manually, but with the smallest extender attached to the 50 mm lens and set on autofocus, this is what I got:
|Asters, aka Michaelmas daisies|
|Dew drops on a leaf|
|Bee on aster|
|Some kind of seed pod on a plant whose name I forget|
I'm quite pleased with them, though less happy with the basic 50 mm lens as I like having a zoom. Now my dilemma is whether to take all the camera stuff (three extender tubes, two lenses, one camera base, maybe a monopod, as well as my point-and-swear just in case it decides to work) and leave the dog at home, or take the dog and chance having no photos. Maggie is scared of people - and there will be people there. Possibly lots of people. Camera parts that have to be attached and unattached, and switched back and forth for different situations, are prone to accidents when one hand is holding a leash. But we'll be gone about 8 hours which is longer than I've ever left her before.
Dog? Camera? Dog? Camera?
You tell me.