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boBBrennan Sep 17, 2013 7:04 PM

.....a cicada and the ZD 35mm
Well after seeing the E-P5/60mm dragonfly I hesitate to post this but it is the best I could do with the E-P3/FT 35mm MACRO.

LTZ470 Sep 17, 2013 7:24 PM

Bob these are great, wished I could capture a Cicada this well, details and colors are beautiful, one of the best I have seen...
I wouldn't normally try and get the details so close on a Dragon's eye, but there was some FF guys, talking about how the D800 was the Macro resolving king, they have gone back to their forum now...the Focus Peaking and Spot AF on the Oly's is going to put out some photos that we will be astonish to behold...

boBBrennan Sep 17, 2013 8:07 PM

Thanks... I saw this cicada on my way out to the mailbox, coming back I noticed it had moved so I picked it up and sure enough it moved albeit very slow.

I put it on the rock wall got the camera/lens and made the photos having posed it for all the shots I made.

When I finished I put it on a branch of the oak tree out front...... I won't live long but being live all color and pieces of it made for some very nice images. This is the first time ever I've seen all 5 eyes of the cicada.

Your dragon is just fantastic, so good I would expect any MACRO shooter (any brand name) will wish for the same.

I've pretty much decided on an M1, mostly because I do use my FT lenses and too for the 'most current' of Olympus' technology.

I 'expect' my photos to become better because of it...........yours shows that maybe could happen. I ain't changin but the cameras surely are.

Steven R Sep 17, 2013 10:25 PM

:cool2: Excellent shots Bob!

Greg Chappell Sep 18, 2013 9:48 AM

Those are neat Bob. Having played with Zig's 35 it is quite nice, light and small. Sounds like the E-M1 will treat it right AF-wise too.

MarceloLI Sep 18, 2013 10:17 AM

Fantastic macro shots Bob, the sharpness is great, did you use AF or manual with the E-P3?

JohnG Sep 18, 2013 10:34 AM

I'm torn - love the photos, hate the subjects (ok hate the noise they produce when trying to sleep :) ).

boBBrennan Sep 18, 2013 11:05 AM

Greg .... the 35 is a lot of fun to use & fits the P3 so well it will really be a good tool on an M1. BTW, these shots were done with 'digi-tele' turned on. I had tried the setting with the 70-300 on the tripod then forgot to turn it off. I saw the box on the image viewer, the darn setting works pretty well and I may use it again.

Marcelo, I used manual exposure mode with AF.

John, TOO! However I am quite deaf and without my hearing aids at sleep time I am not bothered by noises. I do hear the cicadas in the early evenings though, so I know the noise they make.

James Emory Sep 18, 2013 12:37 PM

Very sharp Bob, almost looks like a drawing with fine lines.

ramcewan Sep 18, 2013 1:55 PM

no need to hesitate to post, these are great shots, a little scary but cool. and to think some people eat them!

boBBrennan Sep 18, 2013 6:36 PM

....hey James & RA, thanks for the remarks. I intended to send another photo, of the underside showing the feeding tube.

For any who don't know, the cicada has no mouth parts so its food intake consist of what it can get via the straw like feeding tube which for the adult cicada means moisture and watery sap from trees and small plants.

So, this has always had me wondering just what food does the cicada consume while spending all those 13-17-years underground before emerging and going direct to the nearest tree.

Nature is so fascinating, for instance bats, monarch butterflies, newly hatched turtles and the cicada among so many other critters with amazing natural instincts. is the cicada underside from yesterday's 'cicada-shoot" which BTW had gray compound eyes. I believe I've read that the primary eyes are always read as seen above with the compound eyes possibly gray, white, blue or red.

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