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Old Mar 23, 2012, 3:02 PM   #1
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Default Mostly bugs (2:1 outdoor test)

It was a beautiful day so figured I would haul my camera gear to work and go for a walk at lunchtime and see if I could find... something... anything... to test the (roughly) 2:1 macro setup. I found a boring shieldbug, some absolutely miniscule shieldbug-like creatures mating and a lacewing, so here they are!

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Shieldbug, resized
Shieldbug 100% crop
Unknown bugs, can't identify them, but you can tell how small they are that even two wide they only just fill the frame at 2:1!
Lacewing
Random pollen

Does anyone else notice that the second you lift a camera with a macro lens to your face, the wind starts blowing?

I know these aren't particularly brilliant shots, but wanted to test the gear out and share the results.

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Old Mar 28, 2012, 9:08 AM   #2
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That's pretty spectacular magnification! Looks like you've made a good start, and I know what you mean about the wind picking up as soon as you mount a macro set-up on your camera. It's also that what seems like a bit of an air flow becomes a windstorm when you have that much magnification.
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Looks like a fine trial run for your new equipment. Will look forward to your even better photos as you learn to use the "new toy."
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 2:33 PM   #4
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I also have a x2 macro convertor - and for my money they are great at getting that extra magnification with minimum IQ loss. As you've shown here Ash.

Nice job - love the shield bug.
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Oops didn't notice the replies, have been away and reading the forum on my phone the last week!

Thanks all, looking forward to giving it a proper bash when I have the chance.
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