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Old Aug 29, 2008, 7:08 AM   #1
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The only macro lens I own is a 1:2 100mm f4 macro from the old M-series (ie, built like a tank). I am getting a hang of the MF. My *istDS has a focus screen derived from a Minolta X700 with a split image rangefinder, it helps a lot.



The snail is only a couple of cm across and these are resized but only cropped slightly.





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Old Aug 29, 2008, 9:02 AM   #2
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Beautifully done, Ira!

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Old Aug 29, 2008, 10:10 AM   #3
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Nice going Ira.
I've been looking at that lens too. Just not sure I want to invest in one unless I could find one really cheap. Sure can't complain about the IQ!
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Old Aug 29, 2008, 11:20 AM   #4
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That lens is a disguised diamond! In spite of it's 1:2 limit it delivers. And you can use extension tubes to get 2:1 or even better without IQ loss (with a tripod and long shutters if the subject doesn't move).

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Old Aug 29, 2008, 12:15 PM   #5
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Welcome to the close-up world - next you have to try something that won't sit still for more than a fraction of a second! :G
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Old Aug 29, 2008, 2:39 PM   #6
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Yeah, those are very nice. I just picked up my Vivitar 90mm f2.8 macro the other day to experiment with it a little more. I like to try and capture those macros but I have to get used to doing it with the SLR as opposed to the old P&S. My Vivitar lens used to be a dental photography lens that I got off ebay for I think $70~ and it's all metal and heavy, very solid. So I kinda know how you feel. Good luck with the lens and hope to see more macros from ya.
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Old Aug 29, 2008, 8:45 PM   #7
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Very nice Ira, snails around here are all plain brown. Yours has a very pleasing rich color to it.

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Old Aug 29, 2008, 10:17 PM   #8
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Very nice, Ira. How did you set up the split image screen? I do miss mine from my first camera many moons ago.

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Wonderful shots! I found that AF isn't always a help when it comes to macro, so your old M lens wouldn't be at a disadvantage. Your old lens looks like it's still very sharp, those snails are excellent.
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