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Old Jun 17, 2007, 8:20 PM   #1
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Here are two attempts this evening at shooting with a real (albiet 1:2) macro lens. The leaf and stem are not much more than an inch long.



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Old Jun 17, 2007, 9:00 PM   #2
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Really like image no. 1--the lighting is spectacular! Looks like the lens is working great! What was the background?

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Cool! The pictures are very nice - you handled the DOF very well. I find it sometimes difficult to keep a deep enough DOF when shooting macros with a 100mm lens - it can be VERY small.
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Old Jun 17, 2007, 9:27 PM   #4
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Here are two attempts this evening at shooting with a real (albiet 1:2) macro lens. The leaf and stem are not much more than an inch long.

Nice pict that remind me to bring out my macro lens for this summer. I recall you took quite a few macro with ext tube. NFD should not be too warm compared with Toronto.



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Old Jun 17, 2007, 11:20 PM   #5
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Great first attempt, very sharp.
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Old Jun 17, 2007, 11:43 PM   #6
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OK, Ira, here we go again. So you took out your Pentax SMC M 100mm f4 to take some macro shots yesterday evening? What did I do then? Of course I took out my Pentax SMC M 100mm f4 for the first time in months!

The main difference its that you got high quality results. Like Jay I like the lighting, and composition is very nice. Tripod?

I tookmy lens and ext tubesout when I saw this little spider on our bed. For a hand held snap shot with extension tubes it came out pretty OK, after all.

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Old Jun 18, 2007, 3:31 AM   #7
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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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No problem Kjell, now for the answers:

The leaf was on a glass cover insert on our patio table, it was late afternoon and the background was the sky and nearby trees reflected in the dark tinted glass.

I think all of the white specs are pollen.

I used a monopod with a ball head to help steady the camera.

I found that the split image screen I use is more accurate than the camera's built in AF sensor for this type of work. (My camera is fine, AF lenses are always properly focused)

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Old Jun 18, 2007, 6:22 AM   #9
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look like a keeper Ira!

Macro lenses are always fun, even with other applications, like portrait.

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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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no ID here. i'm allergic and when they look like that i try to be in the same place as you.
ira, the 100/4 is such a smooth lens. it was one of the first lenes i used when i got the DS. i sold mine when i got the 105mm viv.

kjell, the spider shot at 1/15 is very sharp for an Ev of that.

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