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Last week I made a new purchase. A mailing list I was one had someone advertising a used macro lens. I've wanted one for a while, so I jumped on the chance. Turned out I had emailed with this person before when I was running a photo club.
I've had the lens about a week now and so far I like it a lot. I still need to learn more about macro photography, and to really get a feel for the lens. It also needs a good cleaning. There is something on one of the glass pieces that I am not sure if I want to try and get off myself. I may leave that cleaning to a professional.
Here are some of my first shots. I was suitably amazed by the pictures. I was also very surprised at the low shutter speed needed when close up. A tripod would have been a good idea.
I'd also hear that macro lenses can make good portrait lenses. So far I would agree.