Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital Cameras (Point and Shoot) > Panasonic / Leica

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Apr 23, 2006, 1:33 AM   #1
ejm
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 41
Default

Greetings!

My wife and I are heading out to butterfly world here on Vancouver Island tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for the best lens setup for this situation. This is an indoor "Butterfly Farm" I have a FZ20 with olympus add on lenses including macro, wide angle and a teleconvertor (tcon 14b).



Any suggestions, hints etc. would be most appreciated.



Regards

EJM
ejm is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Apr 23, 2006, 3:38 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
rduve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1,504
Default

Use the macro lens (ideally a Nikon 4t or 6t) and maybe combine it with the Tcon 14B.
rduve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 23, 2006, 7:59 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
genece's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 2,111
Default

The word indoor scares me but maybe there is lots of light.

If you can not get real close the macro and 14B combo may be a good Idea....but you will need to practice some to know what to expect.

I tried that combo a couple times and I think that allows you to focus at full zoom, at about 3 ft but I may be wrong, its been a while since I tried that
genece is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 23, 2006, 9:57 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
bejoweth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 228
Default

There will be enough light in the butterfly area - either sunlight or artifical. I use either a Minolta 0+ or a Nikon 1+ closeup lens for butterfly shots. Either of these two will let me stand a little further back from the butterfly.You need topractice with the lens before you go -you have to get the butterfly in good focus by moving the camera back and forthonce you zoom in on it. Hope this helps.
bejoweth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 23, 2006, 1:57 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 511
Default

Rather then spend much time screwing lenses on and off I'd be working with the amazing macro-tele it has built in. Keep in mind its dead zone where you won't be able to focus. If time and the butterflies comply extended macro and telephoto may both lend a hand but will diminish light. Take lots and share some of the best with us.
love buttrflies
Tazzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 23, 2006, 3:31 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
bejoweth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 228
Default

Here's a picture of a Silver-spotted Skipper that I made recently with my FZ4 and Nikon 1+ closeup lens. Very little, if any, cropping was done:

http://groups.msn.com/PanasonicFZ/


bejoweth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 23, 2006, 6:27 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Treemonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 628
Default

Hi,

I would go with a straight ~+3 close up lens, I use the nikon 6T. I would also recommend an external flash and use a bounce/diffusion setup. I took these photos a year ago in a butterfly house.
Although the second was taken with the raynox dcr-250 ( + 8 ).

Treemonkey
Attached Images
 
Treemonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 23, 2006, 6:28 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Treemonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 628
Default

With the dcr-250
Attached Images
 
Treemonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 23, 2006, 11:19 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
ride16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 501
Default

rduve wrote:
Quote:
Use the macro lens (ideally a Nikon 4t or 6t) and maybe combine it with the Tcon 14B.

Any chance you could explain to me how this works? I didn't know you could stack a 14B with a 6T. I have both, and would love to know how it should be set up, and at what range I would be able to shoot. Thanks in advance!



Melissa
ride16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 24, 2006, 12:04 AM   #10
ejm
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 41
Default

Thanks for all the help. I managed to get a picture or two that are not too bad. I am going to attach a couple.
Attached Images
 
ejm is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:07 AM.