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fldspringer Feb 14, 2009 6:57 AM

I liked the bird thread. Thought this might be fun too.

E500/50-200/EC14 wide open at 283mm

E500/50f2/EC-14 at f9 (uncropped)

fldspringer Feb 14, 2009 9:03 AM

The 50 f2 macro coupled to the EC-14 is my main macro lens. The 35 macro is a great choice and is every bit as sharp as the 50, and will allow twice the magnification by focusing closer to the lens. I'm tempted to pick one up (the 35) because its quite affordable.

Back to the 50/EC-14 and the E500

The final one of this series is an uncropped photo of a spider at minimum focus in natural light. I had trouble with camera shake and I suppose the one that turned out means more to me than it may to others. I like the natural shadows.

At f10

boBBrennan Feb 14, 2009 10:48 AM


I like the grasshopper & spider very much. I've not been close enough to a spider to attempt making a photo of one, my choice/decision regarding that. I do have an undeveloped 'nature preserve' park within a short walk that I visit one or two times in the later Spring time.

Here are a couple shots I made during one of my hikes at the park.

Thanks for the thread start.

E-300 w/50-200 @ 200mm f/3.5 'Bull Thistle'

E-300 w/50-200 @ 96mm f/4.0 'Prickly Poppy'

E-300 w/50-200 @ 169mm f/5.0 'Moon Flower'

zig-123 Feb 14, 2009 2:22 PM

Hi Greg and Bob,

It's been a little too cold up here to have any opportunity to shoot bees and flora but, here are a few from the summer:

This was taken with an E-510 using a ZD 35mm macro lens.

This is the flower from aphlox plant. It's generally the size of a quarter. No PP other than a levels adjustment.

The next shot is done with a 70-300mm lens. I sold the 35mm lens when I got the70-300mm as the 70-300mm makes a really very good macro lens.

Also done with the 70-300mm lens

At one time or another I've had both the ZD 50mm macro and the ZD 35mmmacro. I much preferred the ZD 50mm 2.0 macro as I used it for portraits as well. Incredibly sharp lens and well worth the money.

A salmon fly I tied and shot with the 50mm 2.0 macro:

As for the 35mm macro, from a price vs performance perspective, it is certainly a great lens. I think KEH.Com has a couple of used ones for sale @ 140.00

BTW guys your photos are wonderful. But then I wouldn't expect anything less:cool:


Greg Chappell Feb 14, 2009 2:27 PM

Very nice, one and all. Nothing here to add. Just enjoying the view.

fldspringer Feb 14, 2009 5:02 PM

I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. I've tried flowers, but I'm not to good at it. You guys dust myresults big time when it comes to floral.

The fly is killer! First time I've seen a photo close up. Nice fly and really nice photo.


fldspringer Feb 14, 2009 5:26 PM

A few more:

Bracket fungi w/ E-3/50 f2 at f5.6

E-3/50 f2/EC-14 at f9

E-3/50 f2/EC-14 at f11

boBBrennan Feb 14, 2009 11:01 PM

........ok, I have one critter photo made last summer in the Penta bed. There were several bees but this one was carrying that big pollen sack attached to its leg.

E-3 70-300 @ 300mm f/9.0 ISO 800
.......hey Zig, if you see this please post the link to your photo galleries that have the flies photos. I've been there but now have lost track of the link.


fldspringer Feb 15, 2009 4:32 AM

pgmCoder wrote:

.......hey Zig, if you see this please post the link to your photo galleries that have the flies photos. I've been there but now have lost track of the link.

Yes,... Please:-)

fldspringer Feb 15, 2009 5:02 AM

You folks are proving something I already knew. Oly is very good at closeups. The colors are wonderful, and the minimum focus of many of the lenses allows closeups of small things. The 70-300 is more than able, the 50-200 is represented here as well. I've also seen good work from the 12-60.

The smaller sensor also makes the most of macro lenses.

I'll push things a bit more with some extreme crops. I like to see things as normally not seen with our normal vision from time to time.

This is a crop from the uncropped bee from the opening post. Holy harry eyeballs, batman!

This mosquito is feeding on the base of my shutter finger. This is close to a 100% crop, and you can see the light diffraction around the individual blood cells in her mouth parts. For the record, this gal died a horrible death and made a mess of my jeans.

And the dragonfly I caught, but dented its eyeball in the process.

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