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Old Nov 25, 2005, 11:43 PM   #1
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Well, thanks to some advice in an earlier post, I have been having a lot more success taking macros with my FZ5 and 250d lens. I used the tripod (I am way too shakey at full zoom!) and set the camera to "A" mode, with the apeture at f:8. I still had a few problems focussing but that wasbecause of the wind blowing the plants around! The fly is a little fuzzy, but I am still amazed at the magnification with the new lens.


P.S. Thanks seemolf - the tip about fixing the focus and then adjusting the distance to the object worked a treat.







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Old Nov 26, 2005, 12:53 AM   #2
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Nice shots, but you still don't have the focus down. These are blurry. What is the D250 lens? I have the Nikon 4T and the Raynox DCR-250.
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Old Nov 26, 2005, 1:17 AM   #3
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Like I said, the conditions were less than ideal with the wind blowing everything around - hence the blurry shots. The 250d is a +4 diopter lens made by Canon.
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Old Nov 26, 2005, 2:50 AM   #4
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oh ok, thanks. Didn't mean to offend. So, the 250d should be very similar then to the Nikon 4T which is I think a 3.8 diopter lens.
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Old Nov 26, 2005, 5:02 AM   #5
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Hi Loz,
you will find your way now!
[img]file:///F:/web/www/lozHfly.jpg[/img]
I did a little bit of unsharp masking on your hoverfly (3 pixel, 100%, limit 4 pixel).
Judging sharpness always starts with the eyes of the object.
The DOF is often not enough to shoot an insect from the back.
If you see the facettes of the eyes, you've done it.
Good luck
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Old Nov 26, 2005, 5:25 AM   #6
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... see the fly as a historic experiment :-)

Once upon a time there was a fly:
[img]file:///F:/web/www/lozFly.jpg[/img]
.....if it did not die, it will still fly.

I could "use" only 1 of 50 pictures, when I started with macros.
I am a little bit better now. If objects are moving, the continous shooting mode
might help. Some pictures will find their focus by chance.
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Old Nov 26, 2005, 1:39 PM   #7
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They look pretty good Loz! As Sven indicated it takes a lot of shots to get a really good one! Were you using a flash? Jim
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Old Nov 26, 2005, 5:48 PM   #8
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Thanks for the encouraging comments guys - I know I need alot of practice, but I'm looking forward to it!

Seemolf, I will try the continuous shooting mode next time - I just wish insects were a litte more cooperative!

tiger98, no I didn't use a flash - should I? I understand that I may need a diffuser - will be looking into that this week.

rduve, no offence taken! I wouldn't mind trying a Nikon lens next (maybe the 6T)
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I was just curious about the flash because both pictures you posted looked really bright? Jim
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rduve, no offence taken! I wouldn't mind trying a Nikon lens next (maybe the 6T)

The 4T and the 6T are the same lens and magnification, only difference is that the 6T has a 52mm thread, 4T 52mm. Depends on the adapter you use. I have the 52 adapter tube from Raynox, which also enables me to attach their DCR6600 wide angle converter and other filters etc. But it's just a matter of thread size, not power.
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