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Old Apr 2, 2005, 5:47 AM   #1
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Found thousands of little critters sucking on my late tomatoes this morning -- the plants were very droopy and sick looking.

Didn't think of photographing them until the panic had subsided, and by then the pyrethrum spray hadn't left many.

Tried with the Nikon 4T, then stacked the Hoya +4 on top of that, then added the Hoya +1.

Not happy with the FZ20 focus -- auto seemed pretty useless, switched to manual and couldn't see well enough (combination of 81-year-old eyes, rather dull day and that not-so-hot viewfinder), so resorted to guess.

Got it close as I could, then took lots of pictures, moving focus just a little each time.

Here's the best of them.

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Old Apr 2, 2005, 5:49 AM   #2
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P.S -- The bugs are about an eighth of an inch long, and to the eye are white -- suspect they're what we call white fly.
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You can see the dark marks on the leaves where the lttle b***'s had been sucking.
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With the fz20 in maro mode and atLESS than 3x zoom with no other lens attached you can focusat about an inch from the subject. (At 3x zoom and beyond, the macro capability of the fz series is essentially nil.) Being that close will likely put the subject in the shadow of the camera, thus thedesirability of an add-on macro lens. With the 4t lens attached nothing much is changed below 3x zoom; ie, you can still focus about an inch from the subject. But now when you zoom to 5x or 6x and back up to about 12" from the subject, you will see it come into focus. That ~12" distance will not change much as you increase the zoom but the magnification will. Adding the additional macro lens willDECREASE the focus distance to the subject. With the hoya +4 added to the 4t that distance will be about 6". But now the depth of field is very shallow and it is much more difficult to get good focus. Stick with just the 4t (much better lens than the hoya +4) and practice on coins or jewelry in good light from about 12" away.
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Old Apr 2, 2005, 11:47 AM   #6
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looks like aphids insecticidal soap would work
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