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Old Jul 26, 2007, 10:48 PM   #1
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I shot this wasp in my backyard. It kept on hovering around this grassy patch. Looking for food I guess? What do wasps eat btw? Spiders? Anyways, I don't have a macro lens. I just used my canon 400mm f5.6 with a 36mm kenko extension tube.



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Old Jul 26, 2007, 11:38 PM   #2
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Amazing depth of view despite using the 400mmwith which an extension tube had been added. This 400mm is really a great gift Canon has made for its fans. How I wish Nikon would make one to quench the thirst of its fans for a handheldfor avian photography.
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Old Jul 27, 2007, 12:59 AM   #3
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Thanks for the comment wk7leung. I too was surprised that the 400mm f5.6 lens could be used for this purpose. Without the extension tube, this lens has a MINIMUM focus distance of 15 feet! No good for macro work. But with the extension tube, I can get the minimum working distance down to about 5 feet. I originally bought the extension tubes for use with my 50mm f1.8 lens. I thought that it would make for a cheap macro setup. What I didn't realize was that using extension tubes on a 50mm lens makes the working distance too short! I'm just a few centimeters above my subject! No way would I even try shooting this wasp with the 50mm lens. That when I pulled out my 400mm.

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Old Jul 27, 2007, 1:37 AM   #4
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Interesting combination that works. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Jul 27, 2007, 5:47 AM   #5
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Great work Hung! Really colorful.
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Old Jul 27, 2007, 10:57 AM   #6
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Very nice shot Hung! The 400 is possibly a good choice for wasps anyway since you don't have to get too close.

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Old Jul 27, 2007, 6:37 PM   #7
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What do wasps eat btw?
Nice one, Hung, It looks like a paper wasp, but I don't think I have seen one quite that light a brown. It the color true, of could it be a bit overexposed? At any rate, paper wasps as a group aresaid to prey heavily on caterpillars.
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Old Jul 27, 2007, 10:08 PM   #8
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Nice capture. Next time try te same set up with a 800mm lens so you don't have to get as close as you were.

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Hung,

marvelous macro shot with the 400mm. I'm amazed with the dof.

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Nice shot Hung! Great dof!!

Does the Kenko extension tube have electrical contacts, as the exif says 400mm? Just wondering how the camera would know there's a 400mm on it, and the aperture value too, with an extenstion tube inbetween the lens and body........cheers....Don
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