Actually I do not think the Yasuhara Nanoha is not really a macro lens. It is more like the missing link between a macro lens and a microscope.
The lens comes with a 3 LED lighting which is fixed to the lens. A screw driver is included, so you could remove it. There is also a battery box (which is fed by 2 AA batteries) and a USB cable.
The lens has a maximum aperture of 11 and stops down to 32 and the focus works between 11 and 16 millimeters. I do not need to tell you what that means for depth of field.
I started a Flickr group dedicated to the Yasuhara Nanoha. If you want to see some special things nanohified let me know…
A picture consisting of contradictions can be especially nice to look at. But still there is room for improvement. The strange thing is, that the red rule nearly always gives you nice results. If you see something red, pull the trigger.
Sometimes the outcome will be especially nice. I was lucky 🙂
Have you ever asked yourself: Who decides which exposure is the right one for my picture? If you are in green rectangle mode your camera decides. Sometimes this makes things easier, but even when you switch to P, Av, Tv the camera decides what is good for you.
It takes another small step to get to M. The place where you decide how your picture should look like. I played around and wanted to take a picture with a lot of light (often called high key lighting). The focus could be a little bit better but I like it.
Did you ever want to create one of these gigantic macros without cropping your pictures? It is only a question of time until you find mentions of a retro adapter. A retro adapter is a adapter attached to your lens so you can use it the other way around. The adapter fits the end where you use to screw your filters onto. I have a protector for the now open end of the lens.
The principal which comes to use is that… People who know me, expect at least 1460 words of scientific conundrums and several links to wikipedia and wolfram. Not here! It works. This is all that matters. So I started to have a look at the tips of my beloved aquarel pencils. They look like this:
Do you see the problem? The highlights are blown out, because I had the problem with the lighting. You can see the harsh shadows due to the additional light of a fenix LD20 in burst mode. What you also see is the very shallow DOF (see also Two acronyms in photography you should know). So you can imagine the following: Me, trying to focus on the tips of the pencils holding the camera with both hands, trying hard not to breath andgiving instructions to the very patient woman in my life. Please higher my dear, to the right, more, less,…. I bet her secret middle name is patience.
So I searched the web and tried to find the solution for the shallow DOF and here it is:
Do you know what I think is most fun in black and white photography? It is one of the things which has great potential to get lost. It is filters.