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Old Jun 18, 2007, 1:26 PM   #11
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Really nice shots. I recently got to appreciate how hard is to get nice macros.
Last week I received a Vivitar Series 1 105mm F2.5 and I have a hard time getting the DOF, light, focus-sharpness and steadiness in order.

What F-stop did you use on the leaf shot?

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Old Jun 18, 2007, 1:32 PM   #12
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What F-stop did you use on the leaf shot?

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Sorry, I don't remember (no EXIF for old lenses), but it may have been f11.

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Guys and gals, I have reached the point where the only modern lens in my camera bag is the Sigma 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 (still my favourite "all-around" lens). The rest is filled with the M-series 50mm f1.7, 100mm f4 macro, 200mm f4, and the Rikenon XR 28mm f2.8 and 135mm f2.8, as well as the old Takumar-A teleconverter with the glass taken out for the really close stuff. Whenever the pace is slow enough to allow, I take off the Sigma and put on some of these old classics, I may try to collect more of the M-series primes since they sell for so much less than the A-series does.
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Old Jun 18, 2007, 2:59 PM   #13
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don't you have the kit lens?? it's the only AF lens i have.

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Old Jun 18, 2007, 3:14 PM   #14
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Really nice shots. I recently got to appreciate how hard is to get nice macros.
Last week I received a Vivitar Series 1 105mm F2.5 and I have a hard time getting the DOF, light, focus-sharpness and steadiness in order.

What F-stop did you use on the leaf shot?

Thanks.
Yeah the 105mm is tricky at first.

On the Kiron (same lens), I've found out that the sweet spot is at f11 and f16

f11 seems to give a nice combination of smooth bokeh and sharpness. However, at 1:1, it doesn't always cover an entire insect...

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Old Jun 18, 2007, 3:24 PM   #15
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don't you have the kit lens?? it's the only AF lens i have.

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The 18-55mm kit lens is on the *istDL that my wife Annette uses, it gets her close enough for the flower pictures she likes to take. She was always a telephoto lens fan until she discovered the alluresof wide angle just recently.

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Old Jun 18, 2007, 3:36 PM   #16
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And ten minutes ago I took this through the window, with the same lens but without extension tubes.I was on the inside, the insect was on the outside. Anyone (Roy) who can tell what species?

(Don't want to hijack the thread, Ira, but since it was with the same lens I thought it would be a bit silly to start a new thread)

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This is a male Scorpionfly, an insect so named because the terminal segments of the abdomen of the male curl up like those of a real scorpion (which is not an insect). An opportune capture.
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This is a male Scorpionfly, an insect so named because the terminal segments of the abdomen of the male curl up like those of a real scorpion (which is not an insect). An opportune capture.

When you point it out, the name makes sense. It was eating from the sack of...?? putting its trunk into it over and over. First I thought it was bird hmhms, but on closerexamination it looks like a bagfull of tiny, dead insects. Can it be a sack made by a spider for its eggs and young ones, to give them a kick start in life? Or is it simply the spiders wastebin?

This forum is great. You can ask about basically anything and get a reasonable answer within hours. Anyone knows where I put my car keys?

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Kjell, do you have any swallows nesting under the eaves of your house?
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