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Old Apr 18, 2010, 8:41 AM   #1
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I had just a few minutes today before the rain came down but that kept the insects tucked up in bed and mostly static - if I could find any ! In the end there was only this one solitary fly

These were taken with 120mm of extension tubes behind the Tamron 90 - full manual of course. Exif if I remember correctly #1 was 1/100, F8 (maybe F11), ISO3,200 and #2 was 1/80, F8 (maybe F11) and ISO 3,200. Ambient light. Both taken on a monopod in gusty windy conditions.

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Old Apr 18, 2010, 9:59 AM   #2
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Very nicely done....far better than what I've been able to do with extension tubes. The only thing I might wonder is if you could get away with stopping down the lens even further....to f/16 or smaller to increase DOF.

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Old Apr 18, 2010, 10:02 AM   #3
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Very nicely done....far better than what I've been able to do with extension tubes. The only thing I might wonder is if you could get away with stopping down the lens even further....to f/16 or smaller to increase DOF.

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I did try Paul but (besides worrying about diffraction which will kick in for this lens / combo at around F13/14) it was just too dark (it was really a very overcast, miserable day today). I'll give that another try when the weather's better ! Or I suppose I could always use flash
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Okay. I'm going to have nightmares with these humongous creatures you keep finding.

Actually, these are great. You're mastering this quite quickly.

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Great shot! I love flies, they just have such unnecessary hairs and features which seem to serve no evolutionary advantage and just make people cringe!

Also, I bought one of these:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Macro-Ring-Fla...95e685ffd47733

For the money, it's pretty good for close-up work, although it has limited uses outside in reasonable light.
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 12:17 PM   #6
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Ha ha - thanks Patty. I'm sure you'll come around to shooting them yourself very soon

Thanks Tachi - me too ! Actually I have just bought one of those (should be delivered tomorrow) and it looks exactly like that one. One thing worth checking is that each side can be turned on / off independently and that the power can be varied. Better ring-flashes have 4 areas that can be switched on/off and there are more than the two variations in the power output than the one I ordered has.
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They only have the option to turn each side on/off, no power controls, but should be easy to hack it with a variable resistor. With fresh batteries, it is really bright, too bright for portraits (again, unless you hack it with a variable resistor), but fine for things like this.
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Great shot! I love flies, they just have such unnecessary hairs and features which seem to serve no evolutionary advantage and just make people cringe!

Also, I bought one of these:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Macro-Ring-Fla...95e685ffd47733

For the money, it's pretty good for close-up work, although it has limited uses outside in reasonable light.


Tachi, that looks like something I might look into getting too. though you say it has limited use outside, I think you might be surprised how much it will enhance your macro's in day light.
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 6:03 PM   #9
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Depends on the lens, I tried it with the Sigma 70-300, but the minimum focus length is well beyond what the light can reach. Should be better with the Tamron 90mm as that has 1/4 of the focus distance... damn this volcano, no flights = no airmail = my Tamron is still stuck in Hong Kong...
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Oh, yeah. with longer lenses it won't help much, I was thinking close in Macro shots.

That volcano ash is a big mess! sorry its holding up your lens, I know your frustration.
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