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Old Apr 8, 2005, 5:10 PM   #1
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1. A stink bug.



2. A cicada larva.



3. An ant dragging a caterpillar.



4. A bee fly.



5. A jumping spider.



6. A colletes bee (probably).



7. The same.



8. A fly.



9. Water drops.


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Old Apr 8, 2005, 5:37 PM   #2
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Wonderful! Bravo!

Stinkbug is my fave. You seem to have mastered the DCR-250, which is a difficult lens to learn to use.
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Old Apr 8, 2005, 6:02 PM   #3
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Very nice work, Stoney. Crystal clear. I like the stink bug, too. I wish there were greater dof as in the bee shots.
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Old Apr 8, 2005, 6:07 PM   #4
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These are GOOD

Really great shots; I like them all :arrow:

Cheers! GB
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Old Apr 8, 2005, 6:11 PM   #5
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Very nice work, Stoney.* Crystal clear.* I like the stink bug, too.* I wish there were greater dof as in the bee shots.
I like the dcr 250, it's a very unique lens. As Treemonkey recently stated, it has an abstract quality evident here especially in photos 7 and 9.

But Fred, wouldn't you recommend against this macro lens in favor of one of the Nikons? I like it, but man, dof is shallow, shallow on this thing.
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Old Apr 8, 2005, 6:35 PM   #6
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Stoney79 - you join the macroKing Class of 2005. Beautiful shots all.

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Old Apr 8, 2005, 6:57 PM   #7
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Thanks guys!

Shooting macros with the DCR-250 is great fun. I wouldn't change it for a Nikon 6t/4t, because I really like the power of the DCR-250. I find the smallest insects and spidersmost fascinating (maybe because these are the ones we normallydon't see) and the DCR-250 is the right lens to shoot them. And it's usable for bigger sizedinsects too (ok,you can't shoot dragonflies or butterflies with it, but you can't have it all ).
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Old Apr 8, 2005, 7:56 PM   #8
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wouldn't you recommend against this macro lens in favor of one of the Nikons? I like it, but man, dof is shallow, shallow on this thing.
You feel like you've beencheated (much of the time) when the dof craps out and half of the subject is out of focus. The bees were taken at 3-4x zoom and it makes a whole lot of difference in the depth of field (depth of focus seems better). Now you can focus well into the shot. #'s 1, 2, 3 are at 12x zoom and the dof is only1-2 mm.
The dcr250 starts to vignette at around 5x but you can take it down further and crop out the dark corners (which increases the magnification) AND get decent dof. That's what Stoney has done in the bee shots. At 5x zoom, the dcr250's power is about the same as one of the common +3 diopter lens (4t, 6t, bmacro) at 12x zoom. There is no vignetting with the +3's. If you're concerned about dof then it would be more reasonable to get a +3 and crop to get the dcr250 (+ 8 diopter) magnification. You also get more framing options since you can zoom all the way down with no vignetting. If you canaffordboth, do it. The dcr250 is a fascinating piece of work for such a small lens (and price). There is also the opteka +10 diopter that is even stronger and about the same price; ~$50. (The opteka needs its lens reversed to work with the fz's).

If you have the megapixelly challenged fz1 forget about cropping. The dcr250 is the only way to get there.
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Old Apr 8, 2005, 9:07 PM   #9
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WOW Stoney! Very well taken pics! Excellent
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Old Apr 8, 2005, 11:13 PM   #10
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amazing pics mate.

i would say pic 9 is my fav. water drops very nicely captured.
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