A&P Macro fun in my garden today

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  1. ASIGN_Baz

    ASIGN_Baz New Member

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    I think I am getting the hang of this macro thing. Admittedly, I am not using a macro lens because i can't afford one yet, but practicing the principles of framing while using entirely manual shooting is lots of fun.

    Here's one from today. [​IMG]

    heres a few more and my work so far.
    http://s136.photobucket.com/albums/...tography/Macro Photography by Barry Armstead/

    Any comments on anything in particular that stands out, good or bad is always welcome.

    Baz.
     
  2. Frank N. Beans

    Frank N. Beans I hate BMW's OT Supporter

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    They all look OOF and grainy to me. :dunno:
     
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    ASIGN_Baz New Member

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    Not a macro lens. 18-55mm. It's all I've got for now. These last two weeks I have been practicing using full manual for the first time.

    Can you give any suggestions as to how to better them?

    Baz.
     
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    Frank N. Beans I hate BMW's OT Supporter

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    Don't shoot with the kit lens wide open......thats the most important thing. Keep it around f8 or so, use a tripod, and crop the image to get closer to the subject......since its not a macro lens, you can't be right on top of it.
     
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    I'll take it under advice. Thanks for the input mate!:bigthumb:

    Baz.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    yup, look up the minimum focus distance of your lens online, and don't try to focus any closer than that.
     
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    do you have an aperture ring on your lens?

    Get a $3 set of full manual extension tubes, and turn any lens into a macro lens.

    I was just focusing 3" away with my 80-200 shooting crazy macro's, just to make sure it would work.

    But you have to be able to adjust aperture manually, and EVERYTHING will be in manual - shutter, aperture, metering and focus.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Macro-Extension...igital_Camera_Accessories?hash=item19b7e8c1f8
     
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    Thanks blokes. Do extension tubes still allow you to change your aperture?
     
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    Only if they have the electrical contacts, all the cannon ones do, the old kenko ones didnt, not sure if they have updated them.
     
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    the ones i linked require you to change your aperture manually. That's why I asked if your lens has a manual aperture ring. If it does, you're golden. If not, you need more expensive extension tubes that have electrical contacts that allow for aperture control.
     
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    lol i said cannon
     
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    how's the IQ compared to a dedicated macro lens? I know i'll be losing light but i'm more concerned with zoom & sharpness comparisons (compared to something like the canon 100mm 2.8 macro).
     
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    that's entirely dependent on the lens that you're using. There are no optics at all in extension tubes, all you are doing is increasing the distance between the lens and the sensor, which increases magnification and decreases focus distance... So if you're using your shitty kit lens, your shots will still be soft.



    and you can also use these on macro lenses to increase the magnification... and my 90mm is TACK sharp, and putting the tubes on it does not change that.
     
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    although the results with a 50 1.8 and a 25mm tube are pretty damn good from memory, but the working distance is like an inch or two.
     

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