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Old Mar 15, 2007, 12:59 AM   #1
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The sun came out so I am finally starting to get some bug activity in my backyard.
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 2:16 AM   #2
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Very nice pic . What lens setup did you use to get that?
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 2:16 AM   #3
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Very nice pic . What lens setup did you use to get that?
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 2:57 AM   #4
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Thats beautifully sharp and the selective focus of your macro lens(I assume) works really well on this pic.
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 10:40 AM   #5
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A really nice shot, both the insect and total composition.
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 1:19 PM   #6
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Great picture, Ted!
May I ask ....
What Macro lens?
What exposure settings?
Flash & flash setting?
Hand-held or tripod?
Recently I tried some butterfly close-ups with disappointing results. A search of various sites on the internet suggested I would have been better to use a macro lens (e.g. Raynox 150 or similar). But it would seem a macro lens of this type is not easy to use. That's why I am looking for any tips you can give.
Many thanks,
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 6:07 PM   #7
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Another question, Ted:
I presume you need some kind of adaptor for the 3T - I understand it has a 52mm thread vs. the 55mm. on the FZ-50. Is this correct?
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 6:14 PM   #8
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Thanks all for looking and the nice comments.
robass and Robin I think I was using the Nikon 3t for this shot but I had both the 3t and 4t with me and had stacked them to try some shots so I am not 100% positive.
Robin, for butterflies and flowers I would recommend the Nikon 3t as it is a little easier to use and allows you to shoot further away from the subject, is easier to hand hold (although I hand hold the 4t most of the time also) and still gives enough magnification. I would actually buy both the 4t and 3t and then you have about all you will ever need unless you want to do ultra macros.
The settings for this shot were:
Manual
1/500
f 4.5
ISO 100
auto focus spot
259mm
Burst mode
No flash used
Hand held
Nikon 3t (I think)

Another thing I do to increase my working distance to a subject (it really helps with butterflies and bugs that are skittish) is to mount my Nikon 6t ( I have not yet tried it with the 3t or 4t) on the camera and then mount a TCON on the 6t. It really helps and I am still able to hand hold it. Hand holding is, of course, dependent on having good enough light to keep a decent shutter speed.

If I forgot something or you have other questions please let me know.
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Old Mar 15, 2007, 8:39 PM   #9
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Thanks, Ted, for the additional information.
Finally getting my head round this business of close-up lenses. Takes time, but I found more information on the internet this afternoon which, absolutely, confirms your advice.
Given my skill level and the kinds of close-up work I have in mind at the moment, 1.5 diopters would seem to be quite enough. A step-down adaptor is obviously needed for the 3T, but I gather this does not lead to vignetting on the FZ-50. In any event, some cropping is likely which would most probably take out the corner shadows, if any.
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Old Mar 16, 2007, 8:54 AM   #10
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Really gorgeous..all the colors and the clarity. Very nice!
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