Nikon recently introduced a new
105 F2.8 micro lens with silent focus (AFS), vibration
reduction (VR), low dispersion glass, and some exotic
lens coatings. Most of the photo review sites were not
enthusiastic about this lens so I had to
buy one. (They all missed the point on what this lens is
Having worked with many micro
lenses over the years, sharpness comes with a steady tripod and
critical manual focus. This new lens
makes it possible to take acceptable images without a
tripod while using auto focus. Remember, the depth
of field in the macro range is really narrow resulting in
a large number of mis-focused images. This image would
have been much more difficult to capture with my non AFS,
non VR micro lenses.
Shooting flying bees requires
a little luck and lots of frames, most deleted
immediately. The traditional approach is to set up a
tripod and set the camera to shoot anything that comes
into focus. I used the idiot's approach of
chasing bees from flower to flower. Odd looking but
much more fun.
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