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Old Dec 30, 2011, 8:31 PM   #1
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As a Christmas present I now have a Marumi DHG Achromat +5 dioptre macro lens. It's the 55mm lens and I'm using a non-genuine adapter.

Not knowing too much about how to use it, I've taken a bunch of shots the last few days with various amounts of zoom. The lens is certainly great quality - the edge detail is quite impressive.

A few shots:

1. A young Blue Tongue Lizard:



2. Flower:



3. A Millipede, which was a very fast-moving taget:



4. Some kind of dragonfly or similar:



5. The same creature closer up:



6. Passionfruit flower:



Any tips would be appreciated.
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Old Dec 30, 2011, 9:17 PM   #2
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The first photo is stunning, and proves the usefulness of the lens. So is the millipede. Macro lenses have very shallow depth of field, so careful composition is required to ensure the frame is not wasted on too much of out-of-focus area. For example, the dragon fly is right because the whole body has come in good focus, whereas the passionflower shows only a small area of well focused parts. The same flower will look very good if shot from top angle, because then the entire spread of the petals would remain well within the focus distance/range.
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Nice job, backyard! I love #1 and #4, really well done. Looking forward to more shots with this lens.

Good suggestions from Raghu!!
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Old Dec 30, 2011, 11:32 PM   #4
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Nice. love #1.

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Nice. love #1.

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Old Dec 31, 2011, 4:47 PM   #7
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Thanks all. I was lucky with #1 because the lizard didn't seem very well and I was able to get up really close to it.

Raghu, good points about the narrow depth of field.
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Great macro series BackyardPermaculture!!
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Congratulations on the Marumi DHG Achromat +5, Backyard

Good detail in lizard
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G'day BP

Nice pressy you've received mate ... and the sample images do justice to both you and the +5

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