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Old Aug 11, 2006, 8:32 PM   #1
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I haven't seen one of these around my house for at least 10 years, so I was shocked to find two of them in the front yard this afternoon.





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Old Aug 11, 2006, 9:07 PM   #2
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Interesting! Looks like an alien....Donna
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 11:24 PM   #3
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LOL! Dona is right!
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 11:51 PM   #4
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I should name it Zorak! lol

They're weird looking creatures, but I still think they are cool!
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 11:57 PM   #5
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I almost forgot here is the other one!


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Old Aug 12, 2006, 12:03 AM   #6
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Vaiboy,

Nice work using the DCR-250 on the FZ7. The 250 is not the easiest thing to work with. I have both the DCR-150 and 250 but have not had much success with my 250 yet. Macro is so much fun! Keep them coming.

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Old Aug 12, 2006, 1:28 AM   #7
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Thanks bmccoy!

I didn't have much luck with the DCR-250 at first. I was always trying to use it a full zoom which is a serious pain, once I backed off of the zoom I started to get a few usable shots with it. I still think the DCR-5320 is easier to use but I really need an external flash to use that lens. I ordered a Sunpack 383 with an Omni-bounce and anoptical slave to trigger it. The flash should be here next week, then I can do some more experimenting with different stacking combinations. Like stacking the DCR-250 with the +3 diop lens from the DCR-5320, I can't wait!
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Old Aug 12, 2006, 5:56 AM   #8
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Hi vaiboy,

nice shots of the "alien".

Some remarks:

> I still think the DCR-5320 is easier to use but I really need an
external flash to use that lens.

And a sherpa, the weight of this giant lenses is: 395g.
A bit oversized for the FZs - weight, size and price!
The performance will not be better than that of nikon,canon,minolta,leica... lenses.

> I ordered a Sunpack 383 with an Omni-bounce and anoptical slave to trigger it. The flash should be here next week, then I can do some more experimenting with different stacking combinations. Like stacking the DCR-250 with the +3 diop lens from the DCR-5320, I can't wait!

I have never seen good results with a stacked dcr250. Even many shots with the dcr250 alone at 12* zoom are just "usable". Sharp shots reveal the fine facettes of the eye!

You need bigger steps to increase the magnification: eg +20 diopt. reversed 50mm.
Increasing the diopters by the factor of 2 decreases your field of view by the factor 0.5. Shots taken with 8 or 11 diopters are quite similar.

I hope you don't mind, but these were my first thoughts, when I read your lines.

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Nice shots vaiboy. Looks like the first one is eyingYOU up for dinner. Keep on posting those beautiful macros.

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Old Aug 12, 2006, 2:34 PM   #10
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Thanks for the comments d-sr and seemolf!

Seemolf - I appreciate your comments. I just really like to experimentto see theeffects of different lens combinations first hand.The way I see it is I have thestep rings and time and it doesn't hurt to try new things. If I don't like the finished pictures I can jusst delete them. Most people probably would find the 5320 too heavy, but with my big hands I find the FZ7 a bit small.With the 5320 and adapter attached it's actually very comfortable for me to hold. I hardly ever use this camera without some type of lens attached to it soI guess I'm just used to it.


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