I haven't been very active here these past couple months. Demands of the day job and other matters have occupied my time and energy. And I suppose I've been less active/interested in actually taking photos in general over the last few months. I must admit that perhaps losing my favorite model, Darci, has had a deeper impact on me than I imagined, including in my desire to shoot photos. And I've also been lacking... creative energy as well. Maybe it's all tied in to the same general malaise. But... I've found a cure of sorts, at least temporarily... a new lens! Or new to me at least. Saw a deal come up on a Minolta MC Macro Celtic 50mm f/3.5. Once I confirmed that the Celtic was every bit as worthy as a regular MC/MD Macro Rokkor (Thanks for the tip Ad!), the nearly half-price sold it. And now I'm delving into the world of true macros lenses. Here's one of my first shots... MD W.Rokkor-X 28/2.8 by SRHawk64, on Flickr Minolta MC Macro Celtic 50mm f/3.5 @ 8, ISO 2000, 1/60. For this macro lens, I decided to try a little "product" photography of sorts. Fashioned myself a homemade DIY light box using a translucent storage crate, one LED lamp above, two Hue Lux LED lights on the sides - one on either side - and some plain white paper as a base/background. I'm not entirely satisfied with the results, but the fault is not in the lens but the person using it. Difficulty picking and setting a focus point and a lack of front lighting probably didn't help.