I wanted to test my extension tubes with a couple of my lenses before we go on vacation later this month. So, we headed to Hatcher Gardens again for a few minutes. One of the places we plan on visiting has a butterfly garden. That means that I would need a macro lens of some kind. However, all I have are a set of extension tubes that fit between the lens and camera. I haven't used them in a while, and realized that I needed to use them again to refamiliarize myself with the extension tubes. Hatcher Gardens is a great place for me to try new stuff out and to practice. It is close to the house and always has something to photograph. Due to an approaching thunderstorm, we only had about thirty minutes at the park. It was enough time to test a couple of lenses with the extension tubes though. Now I have a better idea how they will affect the lenses that I will have with me on the trip.
The moral of the story: Never use new equipment for the first time when you are photographing something important. Always try it out first to give yourself some time to understand the equipment.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009