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Douglass Moody

Douglass Moody



Nikon owner since 1972: still have my FTn & F2 bodies and six original prime Nikkor pre-Ai lenses. I also still posses a fully geared swing & tilt ToyoView 4x5, and two RB-67 with several lenses. I have taken about 500,000 film images over 12-years as a Medical Diagnostic Technician (previous life), and 100,000 personal film images over 30-years. Now, with my D5200 (sixth Nikon) with Nikkor 105G macro lens, and Nikkor zoom lenses, instant gratification & near-painless editing is a dream come true, especially for my Macro-Photography passion.
  • Nikon D5200 (2013)
  • Nikon D90 (2010)
  • Nikon D5000 (2009)
  • Nikon FTn (1982)
  • Nikkormat FT2 (1976)
  • Nikon F2 (1972)
  • Nikkor (AF-S) 105-mm Micro f/2.8 G (2011)
  • Nikkor (AF-S) 55-200-mm f/4-5.6G (2009)
  • Nikkor (AF-S) 18-55-mm f/3.5-5.6G (2009)
  • Nikkor-C 500-mm Reflex f/8 (1972)
  • Nikkor-H (pre-Ai) 300-mm f/4.5 (1972)
  • Nikkor-Q (pre-Ai) 135-mm f/2.8 (1972)
  • Nikkor-S (pre-Ai) 50-mm f/1.4 (1972)
  • Nikkor-N (pre-Ai) 28-mm f/2 (1972)
  • Nikkor-P.C (pre-Ai) 55-mm Micro f/3.5 (1972)
  • Kenko (A-F) 12-mm, 20-mm, & 36-mm Auto Extension Tubes
  • O-Flash 3/4-circle Fresnel prism attachment
  • Nikon PK-2 (pre-Ai) 14-mm Extension tube
  • Bogen 3040 tripod with 3047 pan head
  • Nikkor SB-600 Speedlight
  • Nikkor E2 (pre-Ai) 12-mm Extension tube with Aperture control

Maximum DOF for Field Macro-Photography

Published August 27th, 2011

As a field macrographer, I value maximum depth-of-field as highly as precise focus and composition.

For decades, the Nikkor 105-mm macro lens has enjoyed an industry-wide, sterling reputation for sharpness and brightness. My own bench-testing proved to me that "small aperture" distortion at f/32 is absolutely minimal. Mounted to my Nikon D90 camera, a Nikkor 105D gives me the DOF and resolution desired for my type of hand-held, field macrography.

I can depend on natural sunlight only to a limited extent for macro subject illumination. Multiple flash setups can be cumbersome, and require balancing for effect. True ringlights provide excellent illumination, but flat lighting, which is not desirable for cylindrical and spherical subjects, such as insects. I have found that an O-Flash 3/4-ringlight attachment to my Nikon SB-600 flash unit, provides both excellent illumination to shoot at f/32, and enough off-set lighting to preserve subject roundness.

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