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Old Apr 13, 2010, 2:28 PM   #11
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Thanks for the link Tachi - no actually I meant a 4 way focus rail (moves the camera milimetres at a time) - sometimes you can buy automated versions but mostly manual - so you can get different parts of the subject in focus and then combine them to produce a shot with more than just a mm in focus ! I'm going to check out that site though !

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Old Apr 13, 2010, 3:25 PM   #12
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While this won't help you, for anyone who's not sure about macro rails, here's what B&H has to offer for them: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...tialSearch=yes - that gets you an idea of what they are.

Since I already have some RRS equipment, I've mulled over the idea of getting theirs. However, they are more expensive. It's just that their equipment is so beautifully engineered and machined, and it's so sturdy even a clutz like me can't easily ruin their stuff.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 5:57 PM   #13
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Aaaah I understand now, thanks for the link!

Shocking prices though, although I was looking at new camera bags yesterday and was appalled by the prices. I got mine free with a camera mag subscription, even though it's falling apart I begrudge spending 60+ on a similar bag.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 10:25 PM   #14
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Ebay my friend. If you find the right kind of deals you can get away with next to none. I got a very nice bag. Great shape and leather, light and big enough for my camera body and up to 4 big lenses in a case. Bag was 10.00
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i like playing with reversing the lens
i use an old Pentax 50mm
i tried a a carboard tube too, to get the lens further away
but that was years ago and on film
so i cant remember the results
just be very aware of the rear lens and not to get it scratched
and keep trying
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Old Apr 14, 2010, 3:05 AM   #16
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Ebay my friend. If you find the right kind of deals you can get away with next to none. I got a very nice bag. Great shape and leather, light and big enough for my camera body and up to 4 big lenses in a case. Bag was 10.00
I tried on there, and couldn't find anything of the size I want for less than 50, even from H.K. I have an Orion Trekker II and it won't be big enough once I get the Tamron 90mm. Although I should probably just be sensible and not carry every single lens I own at the same time.
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Old Apr 14, 2010, 11:24 PM   #17
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If you look back several years (which is actually rather daunting) there was someone who bought some type of foam (closed cell? Not sure) and a diaper bag. They figured that it was more theft proof and they could customize the interior to their equipment. Someone else used a cooler. Others have used a book bag, though I wouldn't think that would be as convenient.
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If you look back several years (which is actually rather daunting) there was someone who bought some type of foam (closed cell? Not sure) and a diaper bag. They figured that it was more theft proof and they could customize the interior to their equipment.
I'm not sure wether you had mine in mind, but this is how it looks:

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A cheapo "beauty box bag" intended for make up stuff (how much do they need??), a camping matress and some contact glue. Perfectly customized for my needs, total cost around USD 20.

With the "top floor" taken out:

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This is what I use as an everyday bag since i bought my K20D some years ago.

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Old Apr 15, 2010, 3:33 AM   #19
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Excellent!

I was thinking of doing something similar, looking for a deep rucksack that unzips quite far down and buying a big block of foam and cutting out sections for the camera and lenses (like on a travel case, just not in a metal suitcase)
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Ha ha - that's excellent Kjell ! But I wish I could see the lenses better !

Picked up Tamron 90mm today - but the weather has turned cold (11C), overcast and rainy so no cooperation from the heavens at all

I'm looking forward to the weekend
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