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Old Sep 21, 2008, 4:32 AM   #1
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it is spring here and the flowers are out everywhere
Kings park has a native flower floral exhibition, with plants from all over the state for the month of September
so i have been a few times to take photos
i dont have a real macro lens so made do with what i had
the Pentax 10-17 fisheye, a Pentax f1.7 50mm lens and a Pentax 70-320 zoom
the f1.7 and the zoom were attached to a 2x converter with the glass removed
what do you think??

fisheye


50mm f1.7 with 2x converter


70-320 with 2x converter



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Old Sep 21, 2008, 5:43 AM   #2
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Hi Gumnut, these photos are all great. Fisheye one is a standout for effect. Well done

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Old Sep 21, 2008, 7:39 AM   #3
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#1 is absolutely gogeous. I love it (period).

On another note . . . by removing the glass from your converter, does it essentially make it an extension? Does it make you lens act more like a macro?

How does it make your len handle? Is it more difficult to use?

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Old Sep 21, 2008, 9:08 AM   #4
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Must say you know how to handle a fisheye. That photo raises far above the average good shot. Should be published or exhibited somewhere. Did you put the blue flower there or did you just find it as it is?

The other two are also very nice. They prove that the home made ET works just as fine as any. Or maybe better, if you have been able to keep an "A" setting and maybe even autofocus.

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Old Sep 21, 2008, 9:50 AM   #5
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All are nice, but the first is spectacular.

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Old Sep 21, 2008, 9:59 AM   #6
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Hey John,
those are all great shots!
the first would make a great cover for a magazine.
I too am curious about the advantage of removing the glass from a 2x extender.
what exactly can I expect from it?
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Old Sep 21, 2008, 4:38 PM   #7
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Wonderful shots - I also love the first one with the fisheye!

I did the same thing to my very poor 2x TC - though mine was a K version so any lens (like the FA 77 Ltd) suddenly becomes a manual lens. It does work as an extension tube, which will change for focus distance. It's been far more useful as a home-made extension tube than it did as a teleconverter.
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What do I think, bloody fantastic ! No 1 is way
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Excellent job on all three John, these are really nice.

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Old Sep 22, 2008, 11:30 PM   #10
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Thanks every one for taking a look and commenting it is greatly appreciated
i am really having fun with the fish eye and am finding it great for flowers as there are no straight edges and the depth of field is fantastic, the bokeh with short depth of field isnt always good though

taking the glass out of the 2x converter (an old one i have had for ages, and was really cheap) really shortens the minimum focus distance (i havent checked how close it gets) the flower taken with the 50mm measures about 15mm across the black kangaroo paw flower that is open measures about 50mm top to bottom

i really like the bokeh with the 2x converter

i feel i am not a serious photographer
i was wandering around the flowers with my K10d strap wrapped around my hand and hand holding no matter which lens i used
i saw many with tripods and monopods (not that they stop the wind blowing lol)
and some had incredible set ups with flashes on flexible arms, more flexible arms with white cards on them and tripods that could sit the camera on the floor
but i had fun
and i sure felt a lot more mobile than if i had a tripod

these photos were taken in planted gardens, representing flowers from all areas of the state, some rare and endangered, Kings park also has a large are of natural bushland and i was in ther last weekend, so i will try to get some of those photos posted too

and the wildflower show is stiil on this weekend (a 3 day weekend) so i will likely go back and take more lol
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