The mamiya/sekor 50mm is a wonderful lens, and it’s great for just about any macro situation, what with its excellent sharpness, luscious bokeh, and general ease of use. But I wanted to try something different for a bit…

Enter the Nikkor 24mm f/2.8, a wonderful lens in its own right, quite a nice angle of view (36mm on the crop sensor), and a great length for a walk-around lens. But how would it do for a walk-around macro lens?

The title of this series says it all…

First up: Hair. I got a few hairs in focus, and the softness is there, but there is a bit of harshness to the bokeh that is far removed from the mamiya/sekor (see this post).

It’s fine for this (and wait till you see Wednesday’s shot…), but still a bit of a bother.

That’s not to say that I’m disappointed with these: I quite like the subtlety of a couple of them, but it was way harder to get from the original RAW file to something worth sharing than it usually is with the mamiya/sekor (or the Zomb-E, or the Vivitar 70-210).

D7000. Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 ai, reversed. ISO400, 1/250th, f/2.8, pop-up flash, popped up at 1/80th, loads of post work (probably 6 or 7 minutes per shot).

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