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Old Sep 7, 2016, 10:26 AM   #1
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Default .....getting familiar with manual focus & the 40-150 f/2.8 PRO lens

.........with the summer seasonal wind-down here in Texas it is time to begin looking for fall color and this year it should be wonderful because the rain we've had since May.

Until the next few weeks for foliage color change I just keep seeing remnants of perennial wild flowers at my favorite site.

Also, I have been doing quite a lot manual focus especially with the 40-150 f/2.8 just for the fun of doing it .. here are some files from last week.

40-150 + MC-14 @ f/2.8, 40mm


40-150 @ f/4, 150mm


40-150 + MC-14 @ f/8, 210mm


40-150 + MC-14 @ f/4 210mm


40-150 + MC-14 @ f/5.6 160mm


40-150 + MC-14 @ f/7 170mm



40-150 + MC-14 @ f/9 210mm


40-150 + MC-14 @ f/5 180mm

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My B&W project (NIK Silver Effex) is still going with these added last week...

40-150 + MC-14 @ f/5 180mm



............this was done with the Oly ZD 70-300 @f/14 70mm

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These images are about as good as it gets. They are razor sharp and the colors are just beautiful.
I don't think that I could trust my eyes to focus as accurately.

I am curious, though, why manual focus? Are you focus stacking?

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Those photos are all top-notch; very impressive. I don't think that I would even attempt many manual focus shots any more.
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These images are about as good as it gets. They are razor sharp and the colors are just beautiful.
I don't think that I could trust my eyes to focus as accurately.

I am curious, though, why manual focus? Are you focus stacking?

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.........manual focus especially with the 40-150 f/2.8 just for the fun of doing it ..
When I first got the lens it seemed I would quite often slide the focus ring by accident, then twist it attempting to set focus length; I saw how easy it was with magnification to move by focus and decided to give 'manual' a try on some closeup.

That was/is so easy that now I do manual focus quite often with the 40-150 and 12-40 .... particularly when the camera sees some difficulty focusing to a subject such as 'grasses seed heads' that I like photographing i.e. the photo above.

I've never attempted focus stacking.
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Those photos are all top-notch; very impressive. I don't think that I would even attempt many manual focus shots any more.
.......thanks Steven, I still do rely on AF, but enjoy using MF often..
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When I first got the lens it seemed I would quite often slide the focus ring by accident, then twist it attempting to set focus length; I saw how easy it was with magnification to move by focus and decided to give 'manual' a try on some closeup.

That was/is so easy that now I do manual focus quite often with the 40-150 and 12-40 .... particularly when the camera sees some difficulty focusing to a subject such as 'grasses seed heads' that I like photographing i.e. the photo above.

I've never attempted focus stacking.
Makes good sense, especially when trying to focus on grass whiskers moving with the breeze. Thanks
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Very nice series Bob, excellent colors and sharpness. Great job with the MF.
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Beautiful shots Bob, those pictures are razor sharp.!!
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