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Old Apr 17, 2010, 4:28 PM   #1
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Well, I finally broke down and bought a Vivitar 105. Lou's probably happy, as I've been looking for months now and kept asking him a million questions. (Thanks for being patient with me.)

Here are some of my first shots. Some taken last weekend and the last one taken this weekend. It's raining out today.

These aren't the greatest, but the best I've gotten so far. This is taking some learning how to use. I was going to try the fern today with live view, but got all ready to go out and get this and then realized it hadn't really stopped raining. So, took it quick and came back in.

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Old Apr 17, 2010, 4:43 PM   #2
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Nice shots Patty, I like the first one best
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If these were my first pics with a new lens, I would be thrilled. Looks like a very sharp copy. DOF is always a challenge when shooting macros, but can also enhance.
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Old Apr 17, 2010, 8:14 PM   #4
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These are really nice Patty.
The last one really shows what the lens is capable of! The dampness and flash made for a great effect.
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Old Apr 17, 2010, 8:24 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys. Yes, I think I did get a good version of it. The first one was taken on a windy day. I was amazed this actually came out. The third one was just me trying to see how it did with larger objects.

I think the rain is gone tomorrow. So, am hoping to get the ferns before they open too much. And, I'll look out in the woods for the lady slippers, too.

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one thing that immediately pops out is the contrast. looks great! look forward to more. i like your selective dof in shot #2
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Ha ha - I knew your first shots would be of flowers ! That first shot especially is excellent.

I know Snostorm likes to use AF with his macro (and he has some great shots to prove it) but it doesn't seem to work so well for me - I definitely get the best results using full manual. I use the viewfinder for normal use but the Live View when things get darker with extension tubes on ! The Live View has worked surprisingly well so far and you can use it for pre-shot DOF checks too. (My eyesight is awfully mixed up so LV is a Godsend).

What a great lens, sharp, bright, good contrast and a lovely bokeh, you are truly going to enjoy it.
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Thanks Hards80 and frogfish. It's still raining today. So...... And, my orchid hasn't opened. Guess I'll be playing around with more indoor shots.

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A fine, clear, diverse and well thought out series! Shows what a good lens can do in great hand!
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You'll find that manual focus gets easier as you practice. You've got a good set here, the lens looks like it will work well for you. I know I love mine.
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