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Old Apr 8, 2012, 2:01 PM   #1
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Today I went out to enjoy this wonderful sunny day and tryed the Sony + Minolta 35-70mm for the first time on close ups.

I'm still learning how much DOF do I get on each "f" and all photos were taken with f8. They did look nice on camera LCD, but now on screen I seen a need to use a much higher "f" number next time... maybe F16?

I didn't got any great photo, but I'm really happy with the colors and sharpness of this little and cheap peace of glass

C&C very welcome, don't be gentle.. I can take it

This first picture is not as good IQ because it is a 100% crop, with this in mind, is not so bad IMO


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Old Apr 8, 2012, 3:02 PM   #2
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100% crop or not is a nice pic, its just a shame about the blown out highlights on the flower.
if your trying to get as much of the subject in focus as possible then you will need to use as high a f number as you can whilst keeping a decent shutter speed.
or use a flash, off camera or ring flash is best for macro
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Old Apr 8, 2012, 3:40 PM   #3
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G'day Rui

There's nothing to be ashamed of in any of the images you have posted - they are all very good

As to 'more' or 'less' DoF may I suggest that -next time you have the tripod in place- you take 3 images of each flower ... 1x f22, 1x f11 and 1x f5,6 - ie- from your minimum aperture [= maximum DoF], then down 2 stops, then down 2 stops again

These 3 images will show you immediately how much DoF you will have using that lens & with 'that' amount of zoom ~ and the amount of zoom will change with different subjects too

Make sense??
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Those are are great looking photos.
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Old Apr 9, 2012, 8:54 AM   #5
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100% crop or not is a nice pic, its just a shame about the blown out highlights on the flower.
if your trying to get as much of the subject in focus as possible then you will need to use as high a f number as you can whilst keeping a decent shutter speed.
or use a flash, off camera or ring flash is best for macro
Thanks fo the comments kazuya.

Indeed, the bright sun on white flower was hard to keep well exposed

The only flash I have is the on camera flash. Sometimes I use it to iluminate stong shadows under direct sun.
This was taken with flash and -0.7EV... I have another photo with much better exposure, but the bee was not in focus


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G'day Rui

There's nothing to be ashamed of in any of the images you have posted - they are all very good

As to 'more' or 'less' DoF may I suggest that -next time you have the tripod in place- you take 3 images of each flower ... 1x f22, 1x f11 and 1x f5,6 - ie- from your minimum aperture [= maximum DoF], then down 2 stops, then down 2 stops again

These 3 images will show you immediately how much DoF you will have using that lens & with 'that' amount of zoom ~ and the amount of zoom will change with different subjects too

Make sense??
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Thanks for the comments Phil.

Yes it makes sense

I will try something like that next time. Looks like a great tip to help us understand the equipment we have


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Those are are great looking photos.
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Old Apr 9, 2012, 9:05 AM   #6
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Great start with the new camera Rui.

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Old Apr 9, 2012, 4:12 PM   #7
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Thank you JJ

I'm still learning... but it's the best part of it... the learning process
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These are delightful images, Rui! Some very good suggestions here also, I like Phil's suggestion of taking same shots with different settings. You never really know is going to work!
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Thank you Saly

I'm waiting for better weather (and some time) to work on those tips... rain is falling around here these days
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 6:15 PM   #10
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Well... got some more shots today... no bugs, only blossoms... but it's Springtime anyway


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All photos taken in RAW and did a bit PP

I think I did a bit better then before

I'm in love with this incredible camera and this Minolta lens (35-70/f4)
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