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Old May 28, 2014, 7:24 PM   #1
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Default BUGS! ....close up with the m43 40-150 + 10mm ext

I've been wanting to use this combo with the E-M1 (in the wild) for some time now but the bugs have just begun to be seen and today was a plus with the dragonflies looking to mate they are buzzing rather plentiful.

So, question-this, just some day each spring the dragonflies begin to show, where have they been for the past several months? Do dragon flies migrate, they never swarm so migration doesn't seem likely...... I've got to research this.

Anyway there all at once, this week, dragonflies and I couldn't be happier 'cuz I truly love photographing them.
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Today I took the m40-150 backed with a 10mm Meike tube. Earlier this year I used the same when I shot the butterfly exhibit at Ft Worth Botanical where it was an outstanding setup.

With the 10mm tube the 40-150 focuses from just a very few inches to approx 30-40 inches. Then with the M1 I also use the X2 and that makes for a really good close up machine.
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Some bugs & flies from today's hunt.




















..........and wild flowers too



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Old May 28, 2014, 9:14 PM   #2
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Bob: those are all outstanding shots! You really nailed the color and contrast on those photos. All are magazine quality.

I don't know about Texas Dragonflies, but down here in Florida they do not migrate, as the Dragonflies are here year-round. But I don't have any luck in photographing them, as they refuse to land nearby and stay still long enough to me to photograph them.
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Yeah, Bob's either got the knack or has the patience of Jobe. Have a feeling it's a little of both. Any time I try shooting those guys they never sit still for long. The Micro 40-150 weighs nothing, which makes patience easier to have

Excellent set indeed.
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Bob,

Those a fantastic shots! I will not be surprised to see them in National Geographic !!!

Do you think that this setup is better than the 60mm macro ???

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Wow , what a great set of macro shots Bob..!!

Love the colors and compositions but what called my attention is the focus deep, you have plenty of focus area with this combination.

Did you use flash on those?

Thank you for posting.
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WoW, Bob fantastic shots
VERY colorful and SHARP
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Absolutely fantastic and beautiful!
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....I've been out-of-pocket for the past few days.

Thanks for the great comments here, making photos like these is so rewarding, I do enjoy looking at them, recalling the situations and with comments of y'all too enjoying them that then is inspiration I use to do it all again & again.

As for this lens combination being better than the 60mm MACRO; well I really have no guess at that but to say I do use my FT 35mm which is a fantastic lens and given the right subject conditions it will make wonderfully good images.... BUT actually for most of my shooting I prefer the extension tubes on the zooms, I just have more leeway for composition and subject capture in the way I like. So, I would think my liking of a m60MM would be the same as with my FT 35MM........ super nice but for me somewhat limiting for focal distance most of the time, I am certain I would like a 60 but this 40-150 + 10mm will get quite a lot of carry with the 70-300 + 25mm being in the bag.

Marcelo ... no flash, I've only used flash a couple times in the field and never really have learned an appreciation what it can accomplish, the last was for my granddaughter's pre-prom group done late afternoon and shadows were tough.

Thanks again everyone, Bob
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Thank you for the info Bob, I'm going to try one of those extension tubes.

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