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Old Sep 15, 2011, 8:23 AM   #1
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Spent some time in Chicago last week, after seeing pboerger's and mtngal's aquarium shots I gave it a try, I found it very hard to focus both auto and manual but here are some of my shots. All shot with the Kr & kit 18-55

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Old Sep 15, 2011, 12:18 PM   #2
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These came out better than I'd expect with the kit lens Hans. Especially the last one - that is excellent ! (Though best PP out the intruding jelly lower right)

I guess for most shooting in these conditions a nice fast lens would work best.
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Good point Frogfish on the last image, Thanks. I didn't bring the SMC A 50 1.7 but manual focus was difficult under those conditions, I tried with the Kit lens. I don't think the 50 would have helped. Maybe I'll get myself a AD 35 2.4 for Christmas I hear good things about it.

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Very nice shots, you did very well. I love the 3rd one - it's not your sharpest one but it has such a nice delicate feel to it, and the purple color is very nice.

I tried using two manual focus lenses at one of the aquariums I've visited and for the most part, couldn't see enough to be sure of the focus. The best luck I've had was with the K5 and DA 35 macro at the Birch Aquarium. I would think that the 35 f2.4 would work well enough - you aren't really in macro range.

I love how you managed to get good shots without any reflections.
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Nice jelly series, well done.

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Fascinating creatures, and great captures of the diversity and the action. Fine job despite the adverse lighting conditions!
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I agree -- these are very nice.

I've never tried this, but I have read that a good way to eliminate reflections is to put your lens directly up against the glass. The threads for the filer receiver supposedly will prevent the front element from actually touching the glass case. I've also read that alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wiped off with a paper towel or napkin, makes a very good glass cleaner.

Is that how you eliminated the reflections, or did you use another technique?
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Old Sep 15, 2011, 10:31 PM   #8
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Thanks all, I did have to get very close to the glass to eliminate both reflections and all the kid finger and nose prints. I had to go up to ISO 3200 on the first 2 the NR reduced some sharpness and the slow shutter speeds didn't help. One thing about an aquarium nothing holds still, I felt silly trying to pan fish.

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These are very nice. Jellyfish are very difficult to get. I know. I've tried numerous times at the New England Aquarium in Boston. You'll think you've got one in focus and following it well and then one pops out of no where in front of it. And, then, like you said, there's always the fingerprints to contend with.

Nice job here. Patty
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I'd call these "keepers" Hans!
Nice job.
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