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Old Jun 30, 2011, 12:21 PM   #11
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Old Jul 8, 2011, 3:50 PM   #12
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Great shots as ever. I note that some of the shutter speeds were very slow for 600mm equivalent. Did you use a tripod or monopod or are you just very steady?

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Tripod with Fluid Ball...I drink too much coffee, shaky and old...lol....
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Old Aug 2, 2011, 11:36 PM   #14
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Stunning. How far were you from these little guys?
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Old Aug 3, 2011, 12:10 AM   #15
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Stunning. How far were you from these little guys?
6 feet
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Old Aug 3, 2011, 10:40 AM   #16
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Here's a newb q for you. I thought macro lenses were for closeups of bugs and stuff. Can u tell me in 6 words or less (u can use a many as you like actually) why a person would chase bugs w/a macro when they tend to fly away when approached?
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Old Aug 3, 2011, 5:30 PM   #17
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G'day chi

There are multiple answers for you - firstly a 'macro' lens is one whose designers have made 2 small changes .... 1, they allow for extra close focus than with an ordinary lens, and 2, they set the sharpness up so that it will give its best sharpness at distances a lot closer than infinity

And as for 'chasing away the little critters' - that is why many of us use "close-up lenses" on our 15x-20x superzooms &/or 300mm lenses ... for example a +2 dioptre close up lens has a focus of 20inches regardless of what camera lens it is attached to

Thus with the +2 on board, we can meander around a bush and from 20inches away, we can shoot the "little flapping critters" without appearing to be the big baddie predator

FYI- Close up lenses have a focal length equal to the number given to them
a +1 lens focuses at 1-metre ... 40inches to them who still use them funny measurements
a +2 lens focuses at 1/2 metre ... 20"
a +3 lens focuses at 1/3 metre ... 13"
and so on

So by putting a +1 onto a 300mm lens [for example], you could shoot things at 1-metre from you [and using the lens's normal focus ring, you could come closer again] ... heaps closer than the usual 1,5m - 1,8m that it the lens-maker's original close-focussing distance

Hope this helps a bit
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Old Aug 4, 2011, 10:08 AM   #18
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Thanks Ozzie-

I've always loved shooting pictures. Currently use a 10 year old 4mp Sony pocket camera but I've decided to upgrade and ended up here while doing research.

The thing that confounds me about learning this stuff is whoever devised the lingo/nomenclature seems to have intentionally made it difficult for people like me who like to think of themselves as logical thinkers. For example; if a +1 dioptre focuses at 1 meter then why doesn't a +2 focus at 2 meters. And Aperture is messy too. The bigger the number the smaller the hole?!?

Thanks for taking the time and I learned something new. I never knew what a dioptor was or did. Think Iíll sign up for an evening photo class at the local community college.
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