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happy_peasant Jun 21, 2008 2:17 AM

A couple dragonflies first. I take these with the Olympus TCON-17 attached, the tele converter setting off or on depending on what works best, and I push the tele macro button as needed. Each shot has different conditons.

Calico Pennant

Species not yet figured out.

Great Blue Skimmer

Above all taken with tele converter on. Butterfly below taken with nothing but camera lens.

Hackberry Emperor

Photos below taken using Nikon 3T and 4T macro lenses, stacked on camera. To use lenses, I have a 55.8 to 55mm step ring from Pemaraal, a one inch 55mm spacer tube from, and a 55 to 52mm step ring. Don't remember where from, both Pemaraal and sell them though. The Nikon filters are from Amazon and were used with my FZ7 until it died. Manual focus and I usually use the flash.

Unknown beetle type.

Don't know what it is, but sure matches perch well.

A small spider. This and shots above all very small creatures.

These macro lens shots were all hand held with zoom at or near full. I need to get used to this camera and figure out optimal settings and zoom, but they are not too bad for starters I think.

mcliu Jun 21, 2008 9:42 PM

Beautiful series.... Each has chramed me all the way..

Thanks for sharing


bayourebel Jun 21, 2008 10:38 PM

Very, very nicely done. You are equally well able in the insect world as in the bird world.

Thanks for sharing.

happy_peasant Jun 21, 2008 11:54 PM

Thanks for looking and commenting Liu and Jerry. Glad you like my little creatures. There certainly are enough of them to choose from as subjects.

Macnite Jun 22, 2008 11:17 AM

You've done well in "macro mode" Steve, nice pictures, well done.

bill2468 Jul 1, 2008 11:03 PM

Since I moved in here I have yet to find my bag of plastic bugs! lol

Just pulling your leg or feeler!

Super sharp and great color!


Raghu Jul 10, 2008 5:09 AM

All are very nice. I have tried several times to catch a dragon in flight, but have not been successful. IMO, the butterfly tops them all. I find (may be my eyes?) the T-Con images are notas sharp as the others.Overall, very good work,Steve.

happy_peasant Jul 10, 2008 12:41 PM

Macnite wrote:

You've done well in "macro mode" Steve, nice pictures, well done.
Thanks. I like this camera for macro.

happy_peasant Jul 10, 2008 12:44 PM

Raghu wrote:

I find (may be my eyes?) the T-Con images are notas sharp as the others.Overall, very good work,Steve.
That may be true. It is sort of a compromise thing in many instances though. The sharpness I may lose with extral glass in front of the lens is probably less then the sharpness I would lose by the extra cropping if the TCON was not there. And then the critters get close enough that I might not need it sometimes, but as soon as I start messing with unscrewing and such they take off.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Macnite Jul 10, 2008 1:45 PM

Hi Steve,

I read above that you use a spacer on your camera, do you use the spacer between the two Nikon lenses, or, between the camera lens and the Nikons? also, how does that affect the magnification. Thanks.


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