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Macro Musings...and a surprise!

posted Jun 16, 2010, 6:31 PM by Jose Velasquez   [ updated Jun 29, 2010, 7:36 AM ]
Lately I've been wondering what the purpose of macro photography is in relation to nature. The only concrete answer I could come up with is it reveals a part of our natural world that is seldom seen and appreciated. Nantonos recently posted an image on Flickr of a rose that had the most amazing detail I have ever seen of a flower. Granted it was created by stacking 124 different images of the same rose at different focus "points", but it revealed something I had never noticed before about roses...there is an intricacy, a sense of order and purpose, and amazement when it's seen from this view. It got me thinking about my bee pictures. What is it I'm trying to show? I think I try to show them in a light they're not often seen in, perhaps a playful one, but nevertheless a real one. Anyway, enough about my ramblings on this subject, and let me share with you something I tried out: the older K-1 through K5 rings work wonders on supposedly "AI" and above only mounts (AIS, AF, AF-S, AF-I), and I have the pictures to prove it!

Nearly all of the older extension rings can easily be replaced by some of the cheaper Ebay offerings that are "AI" compatible, save one: the K-1. The K-1 has been one ring that no one has replicated, reproduced, or updated for use on modern AF cameras. The good news is the original ring mounts and locks properly in place on a D700. I even managed to get the K-2, which so many people seem to say is a "no-go" on modern DSLRs to mount on my D700. However, I do have to agree with the caution regarding the K-2 ring, as it doesn't "click" in place like the K-1 and the M2 rings. This could cause problems with the camera's mount. Anyway, here are some pictures that prove that the older K1-K5 rings can be mounted on modern DSLRs.


 The thinnest Nikon macro ring: the rare K-1
The impossible! The K-2 mounted on a doesn't click like the K-1 and the it's not as secure on the mount

The K-2 doesn't touch the AF electrical contacts...

If you're going to attempt this, don't blame me if something gets stuck. I am merely showing that the set of rings I own will mount on a D700. They may not mount on other cameras, so test this at your own risk. Again, please read this: do this at your own risk. You can't blame me if you try this out and it doesn't work for you. Also, don't blame me if the prices of these older rings go up...

Till my next rambling or post, this is, hey, hey,