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Old Jan 5, 2007, 11:22 PM   #11
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i use this baby for table top work...the 38 mm D&S IS A GREAT SMOOTH HEAD
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Old Jan 6, 2007, 7:59 AM   #12
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Hello MinoltaNut,



Thanks for your feedback and I greatly appreciate your time and effort. I have tried overhead room lighting and obtained the same bad result. Have you tried a shot "face on" on the battery top?



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Old Jan 6, 2007, 10:27 AM   #13
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THESE PICS ARENT EVEN WITH MY ALPHA...ITS JUST MY SONY W1..5.0.



IF I WAS USING MY ALPHA I WOULD CLOSE THE AP UP MORE FOR MORE DEPTH OF FIELD,,,




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Old Jan 7, 2007, 2:13 PM   #14
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Okay MinoltaNut,



Another attempt, same bad result. Used natural light through a window.

A100, 100mm f2.8 macro, 2.5 sec @ f16, ISO 100, -1.0EV
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Old Jan 7, 2007, 2:14 PM   #15
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Here's a section of the window used for the above post. Notice that the shiny metal frame work looks reasonable.

A100, 70-210mm f4, 1/250 @ f4, ISO 400, -1.0EV



I give up!


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Old Jan 7, 2007, 5:13 PM   #16
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YOUR LIGHT SOURCE NEEDS TO BE SPREAD OUT....



AND CLOSER TO THE ITEM





YOU CAN GET ONE OF THOSE MILKY WHITE LIGHT COVERS 2'X4' OR MAKE UP A SILK FRAME






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Old Jan 7, 2007, 5:16 PM   #17
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SINCE YOUR THAT CLOSE UP, TRYMAKING A MINI LIGHTTENT OUT OF A 1 GALLON MILK JUG
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Old Jan 7, 2007, 5:18 PM   #18
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WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO YOU WANT TO SHOOT BESIDE BATTERIES?
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Old Jan 7, 2007, 5:29 PM   #19
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SOMETIMES REFLECTIONS BRING OUT MORE DETAIL

WITHOUT THEM THIS QUARTER LOOKS LIKE YOU TOOK A PIC OF A PIC


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Old Jan 7, 2007, 6:17 PM   #20
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Thanks MinoltaNut,

I'll try the mini light tent suggestion.

I only switched to digital a couple of months ago. The macro lens that I'm using was part of my film camera system. I used the lens with a Maxxum 7000 and a 1200AF ring flash to shoot nature close ups and never had a problem with reflective surfaces. I was just playing with the Sony on some indoor shots in preparation for next Spring. There's not a lot of outdoor macro subjects here in Canada through the Winter!

I'm using the battery as a test case since I have lots of them lying around and it readily shows up the problem. Incidentally, I did also try using the 1200AF on the Sony for a battery shot. As most people already know this flash only works in manual mode on a DSLR and I had to stop the lens all the way down to f32 and use a polarizing filter to get the exposure about right. You guessed it, same problem!

Anyway, I'll go and rummage through the garbage to see if I can find the raw material for a light tent!

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