I was checking out the Sunflowers, and saw the Bumblebees hard at work. I mounted my old SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens (1:2) lens.

IMGP9901 Bumblebee on Sunflower, July 18, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens.

IMGP9903Bumblebee on Sunflower, July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens.

I repeated the shoot the very next day, but I added my Pentax T6-2X Teleconverter to the kit giving me an equivalent to a 100mm f:8 (1:1) lens. I used some fill-flash .

IMGP9936 July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

IMGP9918July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

IMGP9938July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

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July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

One needs patience and luck because at macro ranges the slightest breeze moves the flowers and the bee wanders around. I really should update my Macro lens, as it’s an f:4 and is only a 1:2 macro. A 90 or 100mm f:2.8 would be more useful for this work.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

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