Tuesday, June 24, 2014

first shots with the 100mm lens

I recently got an unexpected opportunity to borrow a 100mm macro lens for free for an unspecified period of time. Some of you know that a 100mm is one of my wish list lens. For those who are curious, I'm borrowing the older (and less expensive) version. While there are so many neat possibilities for a macro lens, the biggest reason that I want one at this point is because I'm not satisfied with what either of my current lens can do in terms of product photography. The question is whether or not the 100mm is a better solution and if so, whether or not I can justify the price.

It will take a lot more than a couple days to answer that question, but I wanted to share some of my first shots with the lens. I'll continue to share input on this topic over the next couple months.

I recently got a wholesale order of earring wire that should hold me for the next couple years.

Of course I also had to cut some new earring cards to go with said earring wire and all of the new earrings that I have in the works.

I have been restocking celestial designs the past month. Right now you can purchase bracelets and earrings in four color palettes: blue, purple, purple / pink, and black / silver.

This lovely piece will finally be in the shop very shortly.

 I will take the 100mm on excursions this summer to do more extensive outdoor shooting, but I did a little outdoor shooting with it in my yard over the weekend.

Of course I had to try out the new lens with my kitties. These next two shots are of Apollo who is the only one of the three who will sit still long enough for me to focus manually on his face.

While I was taking the outdoor shots, the next door neighbor white kitty was watching me.

If you have a macro lens, please feel free to share your input on it in the comments!


  1. Wow, that is an incredibly short depth of field! I can see how you could have loads of fun with this - you'll have to let us know what you think after more experimenting.

  2. How exciting!! I love the second shot of Apollo. He's such a handsome boy! The bracelet over your wrist is great, too. I hope you have fun with the lens while you have it!

  3. WOW! Amazing shots! Love the cat eyes -- and your earrings and bracelet just POP with that sharp close-up image!

  4. Looks like this is going to be a nice investment when you get ready to buy. How great to get to borrow one first! I love the little white flowers and of course, Apollo's sweet face :)

  5. Wonderfully short depth of field! WOW!

  6. I've never seen that short depth of field but it sure makes for interesting photos! Love Apollo's adorable face and those flower shots are beautiful!


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