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Old Apr 10, 2010, 1:18 PM   #1
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I took the 35 macro/EC-20 out again. Wind wasn't as strong, but still not easy. Pics follow.
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 1:32 PM   #2
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Full height square crop of developing dandilion seeds.

E-3/35 macro/EC-20/Metz 15 ms-1 and minimum focus.



This one lost its seeds. Same info as above.



Ladybug uncropped. You can see there isn't much DOF at f14.



A crop from the above.



A Midge uncropped.



And cropped.



I'll admit the magnification is a bit of an addiction for me.
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Hi Greg,

I would have never had thought to use the 35macro in combination with the EC-20. The clarity and detail rendered are remarkable.

Did you use natural lighting or a flash?

Well done.


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Hi Greg,

I would have never had thought to use the 35macro in combination with the EC-20. The clarity and detail rendered are remarkable.

Did you use natural lighting or a flash?

Well done.


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Thanks Zig.

About the lighting, I doubt I'd be able to do much without flash.

Introducing my macro flash setup. (and the crummy equipment snaps to boot)

I use the Metz 15 MS-1 macro flash, which is really a twin flash in the form of a ring. Its radio controlled, just like the FL36R and FL50R Olympus flashes, so no wires. It has the ability to vary power from side to side, which is nice, and you don't have to dive into the camera menu to change that. Just a button press on one side or the other accomplishes that. It attaches via adapter that threads on to the lenses filter threads.

The Metz will NOT light the 35 macro at max magnification and I made an adapter out of:

1 reversing ring, 1 step up ring, one step down ring, and a set of cheap closeup lenses with all the glass removed.

Here is a pic of all the flash hardware and the lens/converter I used for the above pics. I left the lens in its 1 to 1 configuration (2 to 1 with the attached EC-20).



Same hardware with the adapter screwed onto the lens.



Lens mounted without the adapter. Notice how far back the front lens element is from the face of the flash.



With the home made adapter. It sets the lens farther into the ring.



I love the littl flash ring. Its not as versatile as the big twin flash macro setups, but way easier to use and much more compact.
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More great stuff to inspire me. I got a 1.4x TC for my tamron so i can now do 1:1 (well 1:1.1 I think to be technical). Magnification is addicting isn't it?

I looked into a Metz but the price is too steep for me. I use a bounce flash for most of the stuff I do, works fine with the distances i have with the tamron though not so well with the TC on. I'll have to use the ring flash more.

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Greg, I always enjoy your macros, but this time you took it to another level. The midge is unreal, especially the crop. Very sharp setup you have there, and nice photos..I await your next installment...
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Greg: as usual, absolutely top notch.
Very interesting photos and setup.
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Hey Greg,

Thanks for a most complete explanation of the equipment used to capture these images.

When I think of just how small a midge is in actual size, the detail and sharpness rendered is fabulous.

You're opening up a whole new area of photography to me, that I haven't really explored.

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Hi Greg

Thats a pretty cool setup up there and esp with the Metz.. I didn;t even kow they made a ring lfash like that.

The pics are just great ... the details in the crops is shocking. Handheld or on a tripod ?

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The pics are just great ... the details in the crops is shocking. Handheld or on a tripod ?

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The only thing I use a tripod for is the 300 f2.8. These are handheld.
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