A few more bugs with the 55-200mm

For the last couple of days, I’ve gone out to walk around with only the Nikkor DX 55-200mm kit zoom lens on the Nikon V1. In my fanny pack I have the SB-N7 flash and the Raynox DCR-150 achromat lens. The Nikon 1 crop factor of 2.7 makes this the equivalent of a 150-540mm lens in 35mm terms. If I add the Nikkor 1 10-30mm then I have a very lightweight and convenient kit in terms of portability and flexibility.

In responding to a couple of questions on an internet forum, I decided to try a few closeups using the Raynox Achromat. The Leitz ELPROs that I use with the 30-110mm cause vignetting on the larger lens. These shots are lightly processed closeups from this morning. Nothing more than curve adjustment and a bit of unsharp mask. The image on the left is is uncropped and the one on the right cropped to make a more pleasant image.

Nikon 1 – Nikkor 55-200mm VR – Raynox DCR-150 – Nikon SB-N7 Speedlight
At 55mm

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Nikon 1 – Nikkor 55-200mm VR – Raynox DCR-150 – Nikon SB-N7 Speedlight
At 200mm

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You don’t need the achromat to get good closeups of flowers or larger insects though. The minimum focus distance of the 55-200mm is 3.61 feet or 1.1 meters. That’s pretty close for a 200mm lens and you can really fill the frame with a pretty small subject. To show that, here is a shot of a medium sized dragonfly without the Raynox achromat. Like the others, the left side is uncropped and the right cropped for presentation.
Nikon 1 – Nikkor 55-200mm VR- Nikon SB-N7 Speedlight
At 200mm

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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