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Old Jun 14, 2006, 8:40 PM   #1
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Here's a couple photos I managed in the woods near my house. These are easily the best dragonfly photos I've ever taken. I especially like the second one because of the interesting angle where you can really see the dragonfly gripping the stalk.








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Old Jun 14, 2006, 9:07 PM   #2
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Those are truly wonderful. I don't think I've ever seen any better. What camera do you use?
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Old Jun 15, 2006, 12:43 PM   #3
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Thanks! I'm sure there are plenty of better dragonfly photos out there, but you're right, I've never seen better either! :G

The camera is the FZ30, apparently just discontinued, so if you're in the market you'd better move on it while it's still a bargain.
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Very nice: they re so big that even without add lenses...

Maybe 5T is the best option for you can achieve a good DOF to adequately blur the background ...


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Thanks for showing me up, I really appreciate it.

I'm curious about the macro lenses. I haven't seriously looked into them yet, but I'm starting to see where I could have some real fun with them.

I have a few questions: The 5T is the macro lens with the greatest depth of field, right? My understanding is that with a macro lens, I can use the full zoom of my camera at close range, but the lens itself doesn't magnify or shrink the image, is that accurate? How close/far can the 5T be used? Also, is there a macro (or any other type of lens) that can be used to simply decrease the DOF for regular photography so I can get that nice blurred background more easily on non-macro photography?

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Old Jun 16, 2006, 8:16 PM   #6
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to achieve more blurred background with large apertures (as F2,8- 4 ) you neen dSLR which have larger sensors, and so less tendency to have all in focus like small compacts' ccd do.

Nikon 5T is +1,5 diopter (62mm thread) and 3T is 52mm thread, always +1,5.
Nikon 6T is +2,9 diopter (62mm thread) and 4T is 52mm thread, always +2,9.
Nikon 6T + 5T is 4,4 diopter (about the same as Raynox DCR 150).
At 12x with both of them you focus from about 12cm of distance.

See tyhe great page by Seemolf on diopters/acromats lenses power, focussing distance, magnification, DOF size and more:

http://www.geocities.com/seemolf/ach...ts.html?200617


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