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Old Nov 6, 2009, 4:23 AM   #1
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a local sun orchid Thelymitra crinata, Blue lady, queen or lily orchid
in the hills east of Perth taken with 4 different lenses

Pentax fisheye at 17mm


DA* 300mm


my old 50mm f1.7 manual lens on a 2x converter with no glass


an old Pentax 80-320mm lens on a 2x converter with no glass (not sure exactly what focal length was used )


this was the only flowering sun orchid I found
the week before there were heaps that weren't open due to it being cold and cloudy, the following weekend this was the only one left
so i made the most of it
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Old Nov 6, 2009, 5:37 AM   #2
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Interesting to see the same subject taken with 4 different lenses.

They are all by the way, nice compositions of a fine looking orchid.

My choice is the one taken with the 50mm 1.7 on steroids.

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Old Nov 6, 2009, 9:50 AM   #3
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Very nicely done, and I agree that it's interesting to see the effect of the different lenses used. Since I always love close-ups, I appreciate your 50mm + extension tube shot (wouldn't be surprised if I used the same lousy TC to make my extension tube!). But I really like seeing more of the plant. I like the angle of the fish-eye and the blue sky, but like the creamy OOF areas of the DA*300, and the framing of the last one. Amazing how different the pictures are.
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HI John,

A very nice demonstration of some different perspectives from different lenses! All are nice, but my favorite is the DA* 300 for the bokeh.

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Very nice orchid, good shots, I agree with Scott, the 300mm is my favourite.

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Old Nov 7, 2009, 3:49 AM   #6
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thanks everyone for the kind words
i sure like using the 300mm lens
it gives me some great results (but i can still muck up a lot too lol)
and wider open it gives a lot smoother bokeh
the fisheye is harder to get a smooth bokeh with
but i really like how it can make you look at subjects differently

i have one of those macro teleplus adapter things and am tempted to take the glass out of that too
in the old days of film i used to use a cardboard tube and held it all together with my hand lol
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