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Product Feature: Lensbaby Macro Kit

200704we_lensbabymacro By Joan Sherwood

One of the best parts of photography is getting to play and explore. I recently took an afternoon to put the Lensbaby G3 on my Nikon D40 (upcoming review in the May issue) and see what I could make happen. The Lensbaby has a knack for making the ordinary look extraordinary (right, Lensbaby image without macro filter), but I got even more excited when I broke out the Lensbaby Macro Kit, which is compatible with any Lensbaby lens.

The kit includes a +4 and a +10 filter that screws onto the lens. The +4 allows you to focus your Lensbaby from 6 to 13 inches away. The +10 allows focus from 3 to 6 inches. You can even stack the +4 and +10 to focus 2 to 3 inches away.

I grabbed a clamp-on lamp with a 75-watt tungsten bulb and a translucent diffuser gel, set up a table and tripod, and started looking around the house for things that would look interesting close up. I had one of the mid- to large-range aperture rings in the lens, but I'm not sure which. The Nikon D40 performed extremely well with the makeshift lighting and slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon D40, 1/4 second, ISO 200, tungsten balance, Lensbaby G3 with +4 macro filter. ©2007 Joan T. Sherwood

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Nikon D40, 1/10 second, ISO 200, tungsten balance, Lensbaby G3 with +4 macro filter. ©2007 Joan T. Sherwood

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Nikon D40, 1/30 second, ISO 200, tungsten balance, Lensbaby G3 with +10 macro filter. ©2007 Joan T. Sherwood

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Nikon D40, 1/20 second, ISO 200, tungsten balance, Lensbaby G3 with +4 macro filter. ©2007 Joan T. Sherwood

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Nikon D40, 1/30 second, ISO 200, tungsten balance, Lensbaby G3 with +10 macro filter. ©2007 Joan T. Sherwood

Now find something in your photo kit to explore and play with, and go have fun.

Joan Sherwood is senior editor of Professional Photographer magazine.