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Old Dec 20, 2009, 10:48 PM   #11
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Hey all - newbie here

Gary, tell me a little about the "reversing" ring. I looked them up at BH photo. Which one did you buy? Looks like a way to have some macro fun until you can afford a real macro lens.
The one I got was off eBay. I got it from these guys http://tinyurl.com/yelg8ly As you can see, it works quite well.
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Old Dec 20, 2009, 10:51 PM   #12
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Here's one at f5.6 and its about as shallow as I'll shoot macro if I'm really close.



Compare that to this at f16 that also is backed off from the subject a bit.



Its largly a matter of personal preference for the shot your attempting. Usually, more is good, but diffraction will soften the result after about f11 (actually before that, but its hard to see in the f8 area).

How far can you stop down?

This is f20



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Another f20



How about f32???




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I don't have as much experience at macro photography but have fooled a bit with the 35macro, 50mm macro as well as using the 70-300mm lens. Here are a few:

This is one of a phlox flower which is about the size of a dime. Taken with the 35mm macro. The size is as it came out of the camera with no cropping f5.6, 1/20sec, ISO100:
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This is taken with a 70-300mm at 300mm at f11,ISO100,1/50sec:
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This is taken with the 50mm macro at f11, 1/80sec, ISO400.
I applied a little soft focus effect on the outer edges of the flower because I wanted the center of the flower to be the prime area of attention.
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Old Dec 21, 2009, 7:29 AM   #16
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The next 3 shots are of the same flower. with the first taken with a 14-54mm at 54mm, the second with the 50-200mm at 200mm and the last with the 50-200mm using the EX-25 extension tube. As you can see, the depth of field with the tube is quite thin. But it provides an interesting result.
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Great shots guys!

(Somehow I knew when northern Greg started this thread that it was going to have at least a couple of spider shots in it!! FYI, spiders and I do not get along.)
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FYI, spiders and I do not get along.)
Hah! You have a problem in Florida? Try living in Arizona where the Black Widows surprise you when you take a tool out of a cabinet. That's when you really need a change of underwear...

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Great shots guys!

(Somehow I knew when northern Greg started this thread that it was going to have at least a couple of spider shots in it!! FYI, spiders and I do not get along.)
I'm more worried about bees and wasps. I'll be looking through the finder and as I'm about ready to take the shot, one of the dogs will plow into the plant and the bee bounces off my forehead.

Haven't been stung yet, but I have a feeling the day is comming.

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Actually, it's not that we have a lot of spiders, its just that I don't like them. (I think the reason I rarely see spiders at my house is because all the little lizards that I have in my back yard like to eat them!)

But your macro shots are outstanding. I also think you probably have more patience than me to shoot macro. While I like the results of trying macro, it usually takes more time to do the shot than I want to spend.
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