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   Old Thread  #1915  8 Nov 2012 at 3.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
To all fans of the technical side of photography.

To prevent threads cropping up left right and center across many boards, please use this thread to ask techie questions, get techie answers and show off your techie skills.
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   Old Thread  #1000  15 Dec 2008 at 4.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #2535 3 Jul 2020 at 9.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I like that beetle shot, I find something similar occasionally but with a iridescent blue green colour but it's difficult to get an angle to bring out the colours, usually just looking black

Had a play with a 70-200 f4 the other day, focus worked really well so I'm back to looking for a 150-600, too late for the peregrines now as the chicks have moved on but hey ho

Might even make a few quid in trading a couple of lenses by the look of it.

Olympus announced that a longer macro lens is under development yesterday, I don't know what to think of that, I'd be all over a 100mm macro but I suspect it won't happen

Should get my kit back from Dorset this week, I'll have the flash power to set up the cross polarised rig then
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   Old Thread  #2534 3 Jul 2020 at 6.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #2533 30 Jun 2020 at 1.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Popped into wex earlier, bet its a brilliant shop normally but it's more like a trip to argos with the covid precautions
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   Old Thread  #2532 27 Jun 2020 at 2.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I found quite a difference for flight when you get into it, particularly with busy backgrounds.
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   Old Thread  #2531 27 Jun 2020 at 2.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I can't get on with back button focus, it just seems like a waste of a button. I can't see the advantage over just half pressing
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   Old Thread  #2530 27 Jun 2020 at 2.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Focus limit is on the lens(es) for me not the camera, so that's one I have to remember, and often forget!
I've a few things common to all.
Back button focus is the main one, although I'm considering taking that off the macro settings, it's not necessary for that at all just habit now, but it makes contorting for macro angles a lot more painful!
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   Old Thread  #2529 27 Jun 2020 at 1.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It'll probably change but so far I've got
C1 for birds
C2 for macro
C3 for fishing catch shots (this will probably change as I think the em5 with the 17mm 1.8 will be my fishing camera most of the time)

Most general settings are really quick to change, but I've assigned buttons to different functions in each mode, so the dof preview button will do focus limiter for birds, focus peaking for macro and intervalometer for catch shots as an example.

I could do this on the em5 but it was much more complicated as you replaced things like the scene modes on the dial, and even then I was never quite sure what mode I was in
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   Old Thread  #2528 27 Jun 2020 at 1.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Focus limiter makes a big difference to "lock-on" speed

Custom modes are super-useful.
I missed it going from 7D to the 1D4(older camera), but with the 5D3 it's back again.

The settings I've settled on are...

C1 for flight - usually 300 + 1.4x
ISO 800, S/S 2500, f6.3, AF expand, High Speed burst, Slow tracking response

C2 for general birding usually 300 + 2x
ISO 1600, S/S 1250, f6.3, AF single point, High Speed burst, Medium tracking response

C3 for macro - always the 180 & Speedlight
ISO 200, F16, S/S 200, Flash pin-spot AF point, fast tracking response, single shot


All are in Manual mode and really good start points for each lens combination.
On the day of course it's all fiddled with on the fly as appropriate.
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   Old Thread  #2527 27 Jun 2020 at 9.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I've been playing with the focus limiter, what a useful feature!
Managed to set up a custom mode for birds and assigned the limiter to the dof preview button and can toggle between three settings that way. Setting 1 at 25-120m setting 2 at 30-70m and setting 3 at 15-40m. Doing this I can track a bird left to right from my garden and toggle through the settings and eliminate the problem spots where the focus jumps if my tracking isn't perfect

I can see this being useful when using tubes for macro stuff, I'll often use a tube just to bring the reliable af range closer, but then the focus limiter on the lens will be to close and the full range is too slow. I haven't actually tried this method on the em1 yet, it might not need the limiter

Also turned the stabiliser off for the first time since I bought an olympus and using much higher shutter speeds, I've always thought 1000th to 1600th would be enough but that video suggests much higher speeds are better. My lens isn't weather sealed so I can only play during breaks in the rain
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   Old Thread  #2526 26 Jun 2020 at 7.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Has anyone been to photograph The Isle of Skye before.
Landscape's
I will be going there in late September early October time. And visiting the usual places.
Neist Point, The Old Man of Storr, The Fairy Pools
Eilean Donan Castle etc.

Obviously all these places have been well photographed in the past and I do like to look for something a bit different than the usual.

I have a couple of ideas thanks to Google earth but wondered if anyone knows of anything off the beaten track.
A long shot I know.
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   Old Thread  #2525 26 Jun 2020 at 7.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The more I read about the olympus sell off the less likely it seems they'll exist in a couple of years.
I'm in two minds whether to move on some lenses or get some in the fire sale to come.

I could still use them on a panasonic body but they seem to be concentrating on the l mount range, with the top end mft bodies being past due replacing. It seems unlikely my next camera will be m43 mount
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   Old Thread  #2524 25 Jun 2020 at 4.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've bought his books and they are well worth the money. The amount of 'free' content he has is very good so I don't mind supporting that by getting the odd product from him since I can't use any affiliate links or anything.

I haven't found much issue with VR interfering with the view but I don't do much in the way of high speed subject matter. I have been switching it off when I'm >1/1000 as I'm not sure that it helps anyway. It does nothing for the subject's movement and my movement should be dealt with by the shutter speed anyway. You also avoid the system fighting against you as you pan and tilt. Some can switch to a 'panning' mode to ignore horizontal movement but I normally just switch it off. It has improved but I remember having a Nikon 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 which was an early VR lens and the system being so poor I had to switch it off permanently. Even without VR the lens was pretty awful, with it on it was better suited to being a paperweight. The version 2 is supposedly a lot better but I haven't trialled one.
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   Old Thread  #2523 25 Jun 2020 at 1.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That is a great tutorial
Took me months of Art Morris blogs to glean all that!
Mind you he does sell pdf guides too, so giving it away won't be in his remit - he's a real mercenary bugger.

The only bit I'll argue with is the turning off IS/VR at high shutter speeds.
Seems to be one of those hotly contested areas of the hobby.
The main problem is IS/VR for flight can make your viewfinder "jerky" making your tracking difficult.
But results will vary from kit to kit.

For example.
The Canon 300 2.8 in IS Mode 3 does not stabilise the image until you release the shutter, so you can see your own tracking properly in the viewfinder, right up to the point of the shot.
It still makes a positive difference to the resulting image regardless of the Shutter speed.
I've played around with it a lot!

Biggest problem at the moment is heat haze anyway, first hour or so of light is your best chance, rest of the day forget it.
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   Old Thread  #2522 24 Jun 2020 at 7.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think a lot of us are guilty of buying stuff hoping it'll give us a bit more motivation.

I really reigned in my collection when the 6dii with 50mm art lens sat in a bag while I went walkabout with the em5ii and a dirt cheap toy lens, you know those poxy adapted cctv jobbies

I think if a day comes where Im scrapping more images because of my mft cameras capabilities rather than my own poor skills/timing/decisions I might give full frame another go and appreciate it a bit more. That said if olympus dropped a full frame omd with the same feature set I'd struggle to resist
Edit, just read that olympus have sold the imaging business, doh!

Found the first vid helpful, will check out the second shortly.
I did have the camera set up for back button focus but have now assigned that button for the focus target, that button is the only one my thumb can hit without little jitters that send the viewfinder all over the place at that focal length
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   Old Thread  #2521 24 Jun 2020 at 2.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah, just the focus part, stacking needs to be done in post.

It won't be the first feature I've got excited about then never bothered to use again. I've got plenty of gear (photo and fishing) that falls into the same category.
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   Old Thread  #2520 24 Jun 2020 at 2.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is that focus bracketing or something for birds/action?

I was quite excited when olympus added that to my em5 via firmware update then never used it
Was around 6 months after I'd bought it, then about 18months later they added the in camera stacking bit. that only works with a few select lenses where the bracketing works with any af lens. Do any other manufacturers offer the equivalent to the olympus live bulb and live composite modes? These seem really gimmicky but I find them really useful
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   Old Thread  #2519 24 Jun 2020 at 1.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This might help, it's the same guy I linked to recently.

I just found out that the Z 6 has an automated focus shift feature. It does the focusing, not the software side. I might have to have a play with that later.
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   Old Thread  #2518 24 Jun 2020 at 5.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
So frustrating this wildlife photography, sat there last night with four of them up the pylon, three did fly off giving me a good opportunity, and with a bigger target I got a few decent frames

And then with one left, sitting right at the top of the pylon the light took on a beautiful gold hue, and from the low sun the undersides of the pylon structure glowing, I was praying for the last one to fly towards me, picturing the epic shot it would give.

F****r didn't move till after sunset

This is the range I'm coping with, even with a few more megapickles the crops are too deep.this is where the 150-600 would come in to play, even with a. 71x speedbooster I'd be much closer. Left it too late now but maybe get one later in the year if the new olympus 100-400 doesn't excite me
Lazy bloody pidgeons
P6231736

I could crop this a touch more but its just not close enough really
Breakfast of champions
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One of the better flight shots, again needs too much cropping to be any good
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   Old Thread  #2517 23 Jun 2020 at 7.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I don't often see them in the evening but there are three falcons sitting atop the pylon mocking me with there stillness

Mummy Bird isn't there for sure as she's much bigger, I can't tell if it's three youngsters or two with daddy
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   Old Thread  #2516 23 Jun 2020 at 5.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Funny enough I'm used to 2 eyeing it with anything moving, because of the lag. I find it easier to predict the moment I need to press the shutter like that.
I can't say I noticed a big size difference with the viewfinders on the em5ii vs 6dii I had for a bit, I just remember how gloomy it was with manual lenses stopped down or slow zooms at the long end. The em1ii viewfinder looks pretty crap compared to the one in the lumix g9 but seems to have less lag.

Will watch the video later
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I like the guy, he's done some good books and some of his explanations have been quite useful when I find mine aren't hitting home.

I haven't got on with 2-eyeing it (and I'm nicking that phrase!) unless it is on a full-frame DSLR or a rangefinder. The smaller viewfinder on M43 or APS just made it less easy to get used to. The other reason is the viewfinder lag on mirrorless (which they may well say doesn't really exist but I can see it) which affects me when I use the Z-series.



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   Old Thread  #2514 23 Jun 2020 at 1.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good video

One of the first things I realised with long focal lengths was keeping both eyes open (I called it 2-eying it!) made finding the subject quicker and easier.

Another mistake that I still make if I see something unusual is trying to take shots of subjects way too small in the frame!
It's easy to get carried away with a big tele thinking you can reach anything, then you look at the size of crop you need on the computer!
With Canon at single-point focus if the subject isn't twice the size of the little focus square it's not worth shooting!
I've shot stuff smaller than the AF square and wondered why the results weren't great.

Of course the more you try to fill the frame, the harder it is to keep the subject IN the frame.

A loaf of stale bread down the local park will give plenty to practise on.
Head-on incoming ducks are good fun.
Or, as Art Morris says, "Point a camera at a gull and within 5 minutes it will do something interesting"
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   Old Thread  #2513 23 Jun 2020 at 9.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah the tripod wasn't working out for me, might have been better if I had a collar on the lens but rigging something up with a ball head, lbracket and macro rail worked OK for panning, but was crap for vertical adjustment.
I need to figure out how to change target size with one button press, I need the small box to get them at range but then when they take off I really struggle to keep that small target on them, not tried using the tracking yet.
I've seen a focus limiter in the camera menu, I'll try and figure that out
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   Old Thread  #2512 23 Jun 2020 at 9.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This guy describes a few techniques but as Keebs said, it's all about practice.
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Another thing to look at is if you have a focus range limiter on your lens. Reducing the focussing range speeds up the acquisition considerably.
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   Old Thread  #2510 23 Jun 2020 at 8.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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To be honest I find tripod/gimbal too restrictive for flight shots.

Pre-focussing on something at the expected subject distance helps a lot.

Setting your AF to wider than single point ie Zone or Expansion or whatever yours calls it helps a lot with initial acquisition. This falls down with busy backgrounds though, as your camera will try to refocus if you lose tracking on the subject. You may have an in camera setting for how soon your camera tries to refocus after losing it. Go as slow as possible† if so.†


Practice a lot getting your AF point on the subject, I try to grab every gull and pigeon passing without firing the shutter, just exercising that hand to eye coordination.

It gets easier with time.


Focus acquisition is only half the story.

The bottom line is you are at the mercy of your cameras AF tracking speed and accuracy and that's why the likes of the 1D level costs money.

A lot of cameras just cannot effectively do flight/sports/fast action.


Good flight shots are not easy at all.

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   Old Thread  #2509 23 Jun 2020 at 7.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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In a situation where I can see them nesting I have a tripod with a gimbal head set up and focus the camera on the nest.
It's easier having everything set and ready. Yet even then it can be a pain but less so.
I visit a lot of airshows and if possible use tripod and gimbal there too as all day with a long lens it can get heavy at times.

I will add a couple of pics later of raptors in flight using this method.
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Does anyone have any tips and tricks for finding your target with long lenses? Where the em5 couldn't focus on moving targets it's not something I've much practice with, and I'm missing a lot of opportunities.
Specifically with the peregrines, once they take off from the pylon I have around 3-5seconds before I lose them behind the tree line, and they seem to have a sixth sense to take off when the camera is down
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   Old Thread  #2507 22 Jun 2020 at 9.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice one pal
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If you click on em you'll go to the site and yes it's free.
Easier to share from than photof*cket too
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Nice pics mate

What site are you using, is it free?

I used to use photobucket until they came along with the subscriptions
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There's quite a few bug hotels around RSPB Rye Meads.
When I go there it's usually in the hope of a Kingfisher or two, but the bug hotels are usually very good for macro stuff this time of the year but they are still closed I believe.
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I'm gonna have to try and get some slow mo video of them, the robotic movements are pretty hypnotic.
I saw the moment it caught it but didn't get the camera up in time. They seem to be about the only resident bugs of interest in my garden but I've made some rosemary and thyme and bought some parsley and chives so hopefully next year will be better. I might make a bug hotel too

Did you notice the laowa probe lens on springwatch? I didn't realise it was that big but I can really see a use for it, being able to stick it through the foliage rather than doing camera yoga and getting your head covered in webs/sap/other bugs.
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   Old Thread  #2502 22 Jun 2020 at 6.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That first one's a belter

@ken - even the most common insects feel like you've never seen them before.
It's like an alien world.

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Dinner time
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Flesh fly
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P6201203

I couldn't get too close as I just didn't have the light but I like this one
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This shot was today in the garden.
I love the hooks on the feet.

The macro world is an amazing place when you get that small.



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Bloody hell, I didn't realise it was right there. I'll be a bit further along commercial street, opposite the coffee shop(Starbucks I think) at the end of the shops.
Might try and book my em5 in for a sensor clean
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   Old Thread  #2497 20 Jun 2020 at 6.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Spitafields market to WEX will take less than five minutes walking.
Leave the market on Commercial Street, turn right and go to Whitechapel High Street, turn left then first right and WEX is two hundred yards on your left
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Used them a few times and been very happy with them, I did hope they'd keep the little calumet store off Oxford Street as the new one is a bit of a trek. One tube ride to Tottenham Court and I've got park, cameraworld, jess ops and a few small dodgy looking shops

Ive always had great service in park, they've even sent me to the London lighting store when they could have sold me something similar at a higher price. Little things can make a huge difference.
Shame I'm not working over there any time soon, and I'm not riding the tube for a memory card!

I may swap my p35-100 for the olympus 40-150 since some of the features are only available with olympus lenses, bit out of order that

Saying that, I'll be over spittle fields soon, how far is wex from there?
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   Old Thread  #2495 20 Jun 2020 at 3.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Keep an eye on WEX website for Current Wex promo codes.
They don't keep them up for long but often have half decent ones.
I am only two tubes from their East London shop, I could spend an hour at a time in there just looking around.
Usually end up buying from the used lens Section as they do some good prices on used lenses plus you get a guarantee.
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   Old Thread  #2494 20 Jun 2020 at 2.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah I've had it a little while but only really used it with the peregrines which have been frustratingly out of range.

Just been following a jumper around my lemon tree, bit of a revelation using caf for macro, was a shame I got it taking off and landing but with the modes I'm locked out of I would have got a few frames in mid air.

I might just get the card I want at wex, 40 quid difference isn't too bad for the peace of mind
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   Old Thread  #2493 20 Jun 2020 at 2.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use CF in both my 1D4 & 5D3.

All my cards I bought from reputable stores for exactly that reason so I can't really help you there.
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   Old Thread  #2492 20 Jun 2020 at 2.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's a good camera you have, so you need decent memory cards.

https://photographylife-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/photographylife.com/fake-memory-cards/amp?amp_js_v=a3&_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D#aoh=15926598795247&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s&share=https%3A%2F%2Fphotographylife.com%2Ffake-memory-cards

It's a long link but helps in identifying genuine SD cards.
There are a lot of useless copies out there.
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   Old Thread  #2491 20 Jun 2020 at 1.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I went with the olympus em1ii, didn't fancy dropping another £500 for USB charging, that's about the only difference to me between the ii and iii.
Just need to get used to button placement, my thumbs are searching for buttons that aren't there at the moment

Is it safe buying cards on amazon these days? They're a lot cheaper but I've heard there are lots of fakes.

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   Old Thread  #2490 20 Jun 2020 at 1.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What is the new camera?
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   Old Thread  #2489 19 Jun 2020 at 10.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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F****** hives

Was a bit worried this morning but not a squeek today thankfully.
Gave me a chance to play with the new camera between showers, will take some time to get used to it but the "pro capture" mode could be brilliant for macro, available light only but one of those folding diffuser/reflector jobbies should help.
Some extra megapickles and cleaner high iso won't hurt either.
Focusing wasn't great with a sigma 1.8 zoom so I don't think I'll get a 150-600.
Didn't realise Id need a mega fast card to use some functions(60fps raw excluded)

Even at a lowly 18fps I ended up with over a thousand crap photos to delete
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   Old Thread  #2488 19 Jun 2020 at 9.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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"Kept waking up with coughing fits last night so I'll be at home today


Edit; could be a nomad bee?"


If you're coughing up Nomad Bees you should probably see a doctor (do you have hives too?)
In all seriousness hope you're OK mate. Take it easy and bombard it with 4 Berroccas a day.


It's all new to me aside from the usual suspects so I sometimes spend hours searching for ID's, that's half the fun of it for me.
A lot of the time you find out you can only narrow it down to a Genus, Family, or even Order unless you start examining dead ones under a microscope!
I've quite a few "insect" pictures

It does look like Nomad Bee from a quick look at online images though.


This is a good one for spiders

https://www.naturespot.org.uk/taxonomy/term/19515?page=0
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   Old Thread  #2487 19 Jun 2020 at 7.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Here you go, I'm saying wasp looking at wings and head, and I suspect it's a juvenile version of the bigger wasps I've been trying to shoot on my lawn. From memory it was about 15-20mm

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The other ones are around 35mm and the thorax is proportionally bigger, and the yellow bands are thinner.
I suspect Paul will know

Kept waking up with coughing fits last night so I'll be at home today


Edit; could be a nomad bee?
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   Old Thread  #2486 18 Jun 2020 at 10.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The thorax is under the wings, I'll see if I can find a different angle of it in the morning, but it was black and yellow hoops. I'm no entomologist, anything like it gets called a wasp, bee or hover fly depending on hair, size or sting
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That last one is so strange looking, its head seems large compared to the body.
Any idea what it is?
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Getting a new camera seems a bit like getting a new landing net, I keep grabbing the old one so I don't get it dirty
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   Old Thread  #2483 17 Jun 2020 at 8.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Some cracking shots again there Ken, love the jungle one too
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   Old Thread  #2482 17 Jun 2020 at 8.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The cricket is quite sharp.

These are aphids being farmed by ants, would hate to be an aphid knowing what the ants do to them.
I took about 30 shots for this one and it isn't great due to windy conditions at the time.



Focus stacked dragonfly




But my local park Trent Park at 6.45 am seems okay. F22 to get the starburst of the sun



I was out from 4.30 am until 11.30 and these are as good as it got, but hey ho not to worry.
Its a bit like fishing to me, not all about the catching. Being out there doing it is what its all about.
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   Old Thread  #2481 17 Jun 2020 at 7.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Literally anything from 1 shot perfect to 100+ and still no keeper!

With wild creatures in situ, you don't tend to have a lot of control over the situation most of the time.

That aphid(?) is well taken
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   Old Thread  #2480 17 Jun 2020 at 7.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Bush Cricket

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   Old Thread  #2479 14 Jun 2020 at 8.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I seem to take tons of shots for the odd keeper, I get loads like this
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Just missed focus but enough to reject it
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For any like this

I'd say I reject half my shots before they get to the computer, sometimes half of those that make it that far are rejected before import, and then maybe 10-20%of what's left actually get edited and exported.

My gardens pretty young so bug wise it's a bit sparse, plus I've had to rethink it a bit this year, it'll probably be a couple of years before I get a decent level of bug life which makes my macro stuff a bit challenging

It's been really frustrating lately, every morning my lawn is crawling with some large black and yellow wasps, they look like parasitic ones but they're so fast, unpredictable and skittish I just can't get a shot of them. If I was using film I think I would go bankrupt before I got one
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   Old Thread  #2478 14 Jun 2020 at 6.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice Ken
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   Old Thread  #2477 13 Jun 2020 at 12.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I thought the second shot was a frog at first glance.
Nice work
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Your spider images have inspired me to get out for the day with the macro lens.

How many shots do you take to get a good one, I seem to take loads.







The flower was a stacked image of 15 shots and I set the camera up so it picked up no light in the room then shined two rhino beams to light the flower so I had just the flower with a black background, I think it works quite well.

The second image the insect was less than 3mm wide, it was sitting on my backpack.
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   Old Thread  #2475 10 Jun 2020 at 7.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Long Jawed Orb Weaver

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Done
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   Old Thread  #2473 9 Jun 2020 at 11.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I haven't actually tried the ikeas in my flashes, they are usually in my laser level that eats batteries in no time. They don't seem to last quite as long as the maplin ones but at half the price of enerloops I'd buy 2 lots of ikea ones

The Panasonic charger the enerloops came with is miles better than the energizer ones I've had. I haven't tried an ikea charger

Edit, having looked at the ikea website at the charger, it looks like my Panasonic one with different stickers!
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   Old Thread  #2472 9 Jun 2020 at 11.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Thanks both

I read that the Amazon Basics are likely to be Enerloop too.
With the price difference got to be worth a punt on the Ikea ones.
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   Old Thread  #2471 9 Jun 2020 at 10.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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link

Petapixel article on Ikeaís batteries being very similar to the eneloop ones. Iíve not used either, like you I get plenty of free ones.
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   Old Thread  #2470 9 Jun 2020 at 10.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've got loads of rechargeables I use, I bought all the aa size I could find when maplin were shutting, I think it was a fiver for 8 high power batteries
Also got some eneloops which are similar performance, and some ikea ones that are much cheaper and not that far behind.

I do have a godox v860 with a lithium battery, and it does last longer and recycle faster, but it is a bit heavy for on camera use and being lithium, it'll work at full power until it doesn't. You don't get that warning of things slowing down. A spare is expensive and you can't guarantee you'd get a replacement in the future. I did intend to replace my aa versions but decided against it. The tt685 heads I've got are the same bar the battery. My ad200s are lithium too but those heads are different gravy!
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   Old Thread  #2469 9 Jun 2020 at 8.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Any tips for flash battery power?

Iím getting a little frustrated with battery life in my Speedlight 430 EX II
Itís great with new batteries but obviously recharge times slow down as the batteries fade, taking longer and longer.
Normally I have AAís coming out of my ears (work leftovers) but having been a little too generous with them lately, and no work to restock, Iím rapidly running out of my free ones and the the thought of actually buying them at a rate of 4-8 per shooting day is a bit much!

Are any of the rechargeables viable for this application?

Is there a better replacement for the Speedlight itself?


Eneloop Pro looking like the favourite...
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   Old Thread  #2468 30 May 2020 at 6.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Superb shot that mate, look at its face, unreal!
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   Old Thread  #2467 28 May 2020 at 10.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very nice
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   Old Thread  #2466 28 May 2020 at 8.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Really clear picture with plenty of detail. That egg-sac looks uncomfortable to me.
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   Old Thread  #2465 28 May 2020 at 5.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Happy with this one

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Wolf Spider with egg-sac
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I have been doing a lot of macro and attempting creative photography this year mainly due to the lockdown and I am enjoying it, but I much prefer landscape and seascape. I have some time off soon but not sure where to go.

Here's a couple from last year that I quite like.

Pinmill and Eastbourne Peer.






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   Old Thread  #2463 22 May 2020 at 6.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Glad to know there's a reason even if I don't fully understand it
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Itís down to magnification. At these high magnifications things happen in the lens which effectively mean the aperture is smaller than marked. So you need a lot more light than at lower ratios.
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I was thinking the 4ft brolly for a portrait vs my pringles tube would be similar size/subject, but thinking about it, I doubt I was using the full surface of it. It just seems to take loads of power for macro.

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Thanks, I think I have worked out the sizing now.
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   Old Thread  #2459 21 May 2020 at 8.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very nice stuff Ken


Duggs - all I can think of is relative surface area of the lights to the subject, something you pointed out to me further down and what led to the lumping great purple gaffa monstrosity on my camera
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This is a doll house toy in front of quite a small waterfall, no photoshop just straight from the camera


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Thanks.
I will upload a couple of others in a bit.
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You can just add width=500 before the final > and it'll fit the page
I find it easier to do a linked image from imgbb but the quality is pretty poor

Cool shot

@keebs, light looking great now .

I want to get some black card to round off the corners on my box, I just find the square speculars unnatural.

I'm struggling to get my head round one thing with my macro lighting, done some portraits of my daughter and some other shots. using 2 speedlights, one bounced off a big brolly and one in a 2ft octobox type thing, both set very close to keep the background black, both at minimum power(1/128), and I had to stop down to f8 at base iso to avoid clipping highlights.
So why am I needing 1/8th at least to get f8 for a macro shot
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I have never been able to load images here before, actually I never had the urge to but recently I have seen some good photography on here so thought I would give it a go.

If this works its a Bald Eagle I saw on my travels last year, if it doesn't work its just a load of gibberish.
So here goes.





It was originally in a field with trees around it but I thought there was too much clutter so edited out everything but the head.

What size is best for on here?
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Harvestman - like a spider but not.

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Great shot and I do like a homemade speedlight diffuser, plus jumping spiders do look good on a photo.
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Wow

Amazing that spider picture, you can see all the eyes
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Mk4 Snoot - best yet - lovely wide dispersion.
Crinkled foil lined and double layer of Polystyrene foam sheet on the front.






Downy Jumper - on the bathroom window sill, narrowly escaped the hoover!

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I've seen those mushroom images before, they do look great, I might have a go with light painting flowers this week

I don't really do photo forums, there's a few sites I visit for inspiration but photographers seem a pretty argumentative bunch

I have been trying a few things this week on a sort of dramatic, emotive level, a kind of cathartic release, but I can't quite get them right and they're probably a bit 'dark' to share on here.
I might check out that forum for some constructive criticism if I can get them closer to the original vision
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A couple of good people to watch on YouTube
Stewart Wood for macro
Jordi Koalitic has some fantastic creative ideas
And take a look at some mushroom light photography, amazing stuff.

Also not sure if you are a member but Talk photography is a fantastic forum, lots of stuff their to discuss.
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That nikon has been the lens that keeps cropping up in my research, but I don't have an adaptor for nikon glass and focus and V.R are pretty sketchy with the available adaptors by most accounts.
Lots of rumours that some of my favourite olympus lenses are made by sigma, plus being relatively new to photography compared to yourself, I've only really known sigma to make excellent, affordable but huge lenses.
I've ordered a new body so I'll have a play with it, see how it copes with c-af with the Canon glass I have, and if its use able I'll see what's cheapest if there isn't much between them.

Ken, macro is great for finding something interesting while confined, there's only so many times I could walk round the same garden though. I'm playing with flash a lot this week, studio portrait type stuff, water splashes etc, it'll give my flowers a chance to bloom and look very different in a fortnight

Keebs mentioned some of the projects in magazines being good, I picked up a copy of digital camera, seems to be mostly photoshop projects and adverts I think if I wasn't still working I might use this time to get my head around photoshop, but I just don't enjoy the bit between pressing the shutter and the finished image

Thanks for the help guys
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Likewise, I didn't go off-brand until recently. The tsunamis, and what they did to production over there, meant that some firms are rumoured to have outsourced some production to Sigma and Tamron. Whether that is what has improved the quality of their own products I don't know but certainly the lenses those two are banging out now are great quality as well as great value.
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F4.5 at 900mm, if you get some good shots at that it would be good to see.
I don't have any Tamron lenses but going back a few years there was a noticeable difference in lens quality between the two but I think now they are both on par with each other. My favourite Sigma lens is the 105mm macro but that's probably due to the lockdown and when that ends I will be out photographing birds and landscapes so the macro will be consigned to my bag again.
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That 60-600mm is a bit daft. I borrowed one a while back and while I can see the appeal of having the shorter end when shooting sports and stuff, I wasn't that impressed. I tested the Sigmas, Tamron and the Nikon 200-500mm.

TLDR version, the Tamron with the 1.4x is lighter so rated that highest. Real world sharpness is fine for all of them. I have to admit I really like the Nikon, I did a head to head with an old 500mm f4 and it did great but against the others I'd buy the Tamron on a value for money basis.
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   Old Thread  #2444 3 May 2020 at 12.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I can see the 2x would be a last resort, f13 when you want shutterspeeds in the thousands must be a problem. That's why I hope it plays nicely with the speed booster, 900mm ish equivalent at f4. 5ish sounds pretty good to me.
Google started giving me ads and reviews for the 60-600, that looks a serious lens!
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   Old Thread  #2443 3 May 2020 at 11.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use the sigma 150mm 600mm contemporary lens.
With the X2 Tele converter Image degregation is quite noticeable with the X2 converter the best f stop you can get is f13, you loose a couple of stops of light and I would recommend manual focus as auto is very slow with the X2 on.
When I photograph birds I use AF-C and the X2 is not good enough for that
The lens without any converter seems at its best around 500mm
Have a friend with the sport version and really the only difference I could see was the weight of the sport was much more, the price and maybe a fraction faster in focusing.
I would think the 1.4 converter would be better with the 600mm and would be better with a crop sensor
Also I only used the converter with a heavy tripod as hand held at full stretch there was too much hand shake for me.
I must say the Sigma 150mm to 600mm is a fantastic investment, I wouldn't pay the extra for the sports version though.
Although my mate loves his.
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Which lens is that Ken? I have been looking at the 2 sigma options and the tamron, I think the sigma s looks to be the one to get, I don't plan on keeping it long so the extra cost isn't such an issue.
How were you evaluating the sharpness? At that sort of range and losing two stops of light I expect it to amplify any flaws in technique, but then mounting one on my mft body is much like using a 2x on your camera. If it is a bit soft I still have the speedbooster to fall back on and still have a lot more reach than I've got now

When I got my 75-300 I thought it was dog sit at the long end, but when I tried it with a tripod and lit only by flash I found it was only a bit sit
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   Old Thread  #2441 2 May 2020 at 8.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use a 150mm - 600mm on my Nikon D810 full frame and had a X2 converter, to be honest as soon as I used it at anything over 400mm I wished I had a 1.4 converter. Image quality was not good enough for my liking.
Sold the X2 but not yet replaced it with a 1.4 but will one day probably later in the year now.
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   Old Thread  #2440 1 May 2020 at 6.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That sounds promising
The dof calculator app on my phone says the diagonal field of view will be 4.5 m with 1000mm at 105m. Will be a bit closer at 1200, might be OK for a shot of the family group but I'll still be hoping for them to fly in my direction. Even in a fairly steep dive they will quickly be at 75-80m
I'll be hoping for a chance with the speedbooster which will get me to just under 900mm but gaining a stop of light, and a fair bit sharper judging by other lenses I've used with it.

I'd probably start off with a ball head on a tripod, I've already got a cupboard full of heads and mounts I've bought for macro stuff I never use, I don't want to add another
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   Old Thread  #2439 1 May 2020 at 4.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It depends. There's heat haze, mist and pollution to think about. Early morning to avoid the heat and you may get mist, early afternoon gives you the opposite. How much you are willing to put up with is another thing. We all have a line that we don't want to cross (like with ISO). I've got away with a 1.4x converter on a 150-600mm whilst using a crop body and have been reasonably happy with the result. On a bright, clear day I wouldn't hesitate to shoot at the equivalent of 800mm if that helps.

If your subject is 100m away, 1000mm is still going to require a lot of cropping for a bird. Magnification from a 1000mm will give you full height of a person at 100m (ish).

It is usually movement that ruins long lens photographs, use a monopod. I'd use a gimbal with that sort of focal length as well, if you can get hold of one.

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A question for those with some experience with super tele lenses, how long can you go before atmospherics destroy image quality?
I'm thinking of getting a used 150-600 in Canon mount as I have an adaptor and a speedbooster, but since the pylon the peregrines use is around 100m to the lower tier from my garden, I'm not sure it's gonna be possible to get anything decent at 1000-1200mm equivalent.
Even without the lock down there isn't really a better vantage point, I can get higher but further away, or closer, but beneath them. Short of feeding the pigeons and setting up a hide to try and tempt them I can see a lot of fruitless hours trying to get a shot
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   Old Thread  #2436 27 Apr 2020 at 4.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It certainly looks like one to me mate. We had a bird keeper in the village where I grew up and me and my brother used to help her as kids. She had several peregrines.
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I think so but I'm not great on identifying birds. The speed of thing once it took off I had no chance of finding it with the long lens.

The last couple of years they've been a regular sight when I have my morning coffee through May and June, never bothered to shoot them before as they stay out of range for a decent shot. Last year there were regularly 4 birds up the pylon, the year before 3, I think it must be a favourite spot of a breeding pair to teach the fledglings
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Is that a Peregrine Dave??
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   Old Thread  #2433 27 Apr 2020 at 3.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Held the box off to one side to try and add interest, still not that happy with it but highlights are under control
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Excuse the poor quality (soft lens, 600mm equivalent handheld + very heavy crop), looking for an ID confirmation on this raptor
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I had the camera trained on it for over an hour hoping it would take off towards me, typically it decided to move the moment I'd lowered the camera to get some blood back in my arms
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   Old Thread  #2432 25 Apr 2020 at 2.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That rig looks more manageable

I'm gonna have a tweak of the softbox, because of the closer worker distance I have I'm getting nice diffused light but at quite a high angle. So I'm gonna either try and make a notch for the lens to sit in or extend the front to serve the same purpose, and maybe make a gap in the diffusion to let a bit through more directly, it seems a bit too flat now.

My daughter has permission from the boss to put some blue dye in her hair, so I'll be doing some portraits. Now, given my aversion to editing, can I make the blue really pop by using gels and tweaking the white balance? I'll probably use a warming gel on her face given her pale skin, and I don't think lifting the blue channel in light room will do her any favours there
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   Old Thread  #2431 24 Apr 2020 at 3.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Getting there with the diffusion. Found a great styrene film bag, that a monitor came wrapped in, for the end of the snoot and now have a bit of plastic milk carton elastic-ed over the end of the lens.

Gone back to the 5D as well, the weight of the 1D was just too much, half a kilo difference!
The AF is faster and more accurate. Sod the frame rate.



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Long-jawed spider & brunch.


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   Old Thread  #2430 24 Apr 2020 at 10.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
And typically the day I don't bring my camera I've got an exhausted bee taking sugar water from a fake flower
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   Old Thread  #2429 24 Apr 2020 at 9.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think I saw the original on Instagram, either a photography page or some # that popped up, really simple to do but I thought it looked great and worked out how to do it straight away you could easily do it with a phone camera and a lamp if you can set the white balance manually, although I've used a camera and a flash with an orange gel

Might have a go a bit wider and throw some blue into the 'sky'

Was trying to do something similar but with star trails in the garden, using a granite worktop and buckets and bottles to make the horizon and hide the ugly views I've got to the north, but even in the small hours there's to many lights from the neighbours

Thinking about it, I might be able to use my tempest brolly as a light shield
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   Old Thread  #2428 24 Apr 2020 at 8.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very nice indeed - magazine inspired?
I buy the occasional one for long journeys and they are full cool ideas like this.
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   Old Thread  #2427 24 Apr 2020 at 6.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It is but with a large dose of plagiarism
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   Old Thread  #2426 24 Apr 2020 at 6.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is that one of your own mate?

I was going to say cracking shot that but I guess itís more like a piece of art work, brilliant
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   Old Thread  #2425 23 Apr 2020 at 7.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I miss sunsets over water
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   Old Thread  #2424 22 Apr 2020 at 5.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
How great would this have been a billionth of a second later

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   Old Thread  #2423 22 Apr 2020 at 5.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've got plenty of them
With the general lower cost of glass in mft land its too easy to say "I'd only get £100 for that I might as well keep it"

My cull took a bit of a twist with the failed body upgrade. Whereas the em5 line fit in a pocket with a small prime, the em1 line don't, sooooo I'll be keeping the 5ii when I get the em1.
Which means I need to have a cull elsewhere, I think I can part with my 45 1.8 and I've never liked my 75-300. I do need to get rid of a selection of nissin and yongnuo flashes but I'm not sure flashes have much resale value.
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   Old Thread  #2422 22 Apr 2020 at 4.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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1 in - 2 out
Gotta be ruthless or you end up with cupboardfulls of redundant toys

Decided to sell my 400 5.6.
It owes me nothing at this stage and I just don't use it.
That may well pay for the Raynox AND a tube of Pringles
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I can but its a balance, getting enough of the subject sharp and clearing the background, and the transitions tend to look a bit scruffy to me, whereas with a longer focal length it's cleaner. Sort of sharp-bit soft-wtf is that vs sharp-bit soft-fuzzy-I think that's a flower If everything stayed still for a stack @2.8 it'd be nice
I think I'd be tempted by a macro at around 120mm, but I don't know of a native one and tbh my bank balance can't keep up with my wants
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   Old Thread  #2420 22 Apr 2020 at 3.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can you not lower the aperture to throw the B/G out?

If it's out of focus you can get away with blowing it a bit more.
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   Old Thread  #2419 22 Apr 2020 at 3.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Double post
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   Old Thread  #2418 22 Apr 2020 at 3.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The difference in the bottom two can be seen in the highlights in the droplets, having the two light sources doubles the amount of specular highlights. I'm thinking blocking the sun is the way to go if you can do it without spooking the subject, as that's the smallest light source, I'll see if I can find something hairy either dead or very patient.

I had two flashes on the bag I picked up today, so I was using one to lift the background, looked nice despite me not getting anything worth sharing. One of the downsides to the shorter focal length is the cluttered backgrounds in certain situations, if I lift them till they're just clipping it might be better. I'm sure I'll have a play with that in future.
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   Old Thread  #2417 22 Apr 2020 at 11.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Apart from a slightly different focal point I can't see a difference in the bottom 2 at all.

Next thing I'm going to try is a more flared diffuser, as you say, to widen the source
It's a trade-off between function and portability/subject-scaring. Obviously the wider you make it, the worse it is for getting in. under leaves etc.


@ Yonny - thanks
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   Old Thread  #2416 22 Apr 2020 at 10.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
No prizes for guessing, but one shot is direct Sun, one Sun with fill from a low angle in the same direction as the sun and one lit by softbox blocking the sun

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Straight from camera jpegs
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   Old Thread  #2415 22 Apr 2020 at 8.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Some incredible shots here lads
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   Old Thread  #2414 22 Apr 2020 at 8.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My big rig
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I even put the hood on to give it a phallic extension the flash will be a similar size to yours for scale. I have a thin layer of diffusion at the joint and a slice of bog roll behind the lid. It's easy to see why I have the grip on, it's really unbalanced with that flash, olympus not making one for the mkiii was probably the biggest reason I backed it

Today I'll have a go like this, the flippy screen helps when you can't get in position with the viewfinder, it's a bit too bright out for it to show in the pic but the screen is set so when I turn the focus knob it magnifies the view x3 and turns on focus peaking, basically the are in focus will glow

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I reckon I'll need 1/4 to half power to get f8 with this box, I'd love to try it with my ad200s but that'll have to wait. I could use a smaller 4 inch box but with this I can actually block the sun to lose those harsh specular highlights

I could actually go a bit smaller using my nissin i40 controlled with the clip on flash that's the size of a matchbox, but it hasn't got the guts for that box and can be a bit hit and miss as it needs line of sight
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   Old Thread  #2413 22 Apr 2020 at 7.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nope - it's really hard on the elbow and wrist
Just a few grams shy of 3Kg.
A quick grab shot is fine but holding and waiting for optimum pose gets painful quick.
I'll get a lighter set-up when the world goes back to being a big shopping mall again but I think the lens will stay.

My bird rig is well over 4Kg.
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   Old Thread  #2412 21 Apr 2020 at 8.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You must have some guns throwing that around💪

I'll do some pics tomorrow of my macro rig, and my streamlined alternative
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   Old Thread  #2411 21 Apr 2020 at 8.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice one - I'll have a good read of that


This is the current best...

Tube is foil-lined, doubled up freezer bag on the front

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   Old Thread  #2410 21 Apr 2020 at 7.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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brilliant source of info for all things flash

I read through 101 102 and 103 over a few days and revisited bits quite regularly. Not much specifically for macro but all the principals and techniques can be scaled down.

I think I'm going back to my juggling technique, separating the camera and flash makes it a bit more controllable and also let's me use a bigger diffuser. I've gotta try and get my kit back from Dorset, my big flashes might cope with cross polarising, 10inch softbox and still give me rapid recycling.

Because of the shapes and textures angles don't really help us, so polarising aside all we can really do is make the relative size of the light source bigger, so we either make it bigger, put it closer or both. Pringles tubes are popular for macro because they achieve both. With my rig and a pringles tube diffuser, at mfd it's roughly equivalent to using a 4ft brolly for a headshot, but that still isn't enough for a lot of bugs, and it wants an extra bit of diffusion or you get the dodgy donut effect you see on my bee pic below, a couple of sheets of bog roll works well but costs light again
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4 layers of clear freezer bag seems to work well.

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I was playing around with flash underneath the camera, using the built-in grip and turning another 90 degrees. Awkward to hold but a definite winner, makes sense when the main ambient light is from above.
Then started playing around with diffuser materials as Iím still getting quite harsh light from the flash, spotted some nice opaque plastic on the top of an old camera bird-box and began dismantlingÖ

Öthen got thoroughly distracted by the contents!
The absolute mother of all False Widows!

Of course at this point there was no diffuser at all in the flash cone and I just had to grab the chance before she scuttled off. She sat for a few minutes, enough to shoot a few stacks worth, but unfortunately, for such a fearsome beast she was quite shy and kept her head either in the web or well tucked under her. I wasnít about to go poking her around so grabbed what I could with the angles she presented.
So much reflective material on insects, even the hairs, really need to sort that flash out.











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   Old Thread  #2407 20 Apr 2020 at 12.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It'll be spray and pay....
... Someone else to filter the keepers
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With that much spray you wouldn't even need to pray!

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That bulk can help with stability though, I'm using a battery grip to try an balance the flash, with the bonus of the buttons on the portrait grip making it easier to shoot something on the underside of a leaf for instance.

Realised yesterday my newer godox flashes will keep up with contuous shooting for 8 shots @ 1/32 which is the magic number for in camera stacking and high res.
I think I'll get a used em1ii, 60fps with your stacking technique should work well
Mind you new one comes with a 30mm macro
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I wouldn't recommend a 1D for macro - it's a heavy chunk for doing yoga with!

It's just the better of the 2 bodies I have
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I couldn't see me buying a 1D tbh, I'd probably be better off with an original a7r, bit of a dog to use but with a lot of scope to crop or work with the files. This sort of stuff, base iso, controlled lighting, my mft kit can't really compete on quality. Trouble is I've been down this road before and baulk at the huge increase in cost and size, and for a lot of what I shoot the differences get cancelled out.

I did buy an em5mkiii a few weeks back but sent it back due to a few downgrades over the mkii, and have been deciding whether to get the em1ii or iii but I'm tempted to dip my toe again with a macro and an ultra wide for astro

There are a few of those jumpers in my garden but they're that small they run away from ants
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   Old Thread  #2402 20 Apr 2020 at 8.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mine are 1.3 Crop - Canon 1D Mk 4 - APSH sensor.
Sort of wishing I'd kept my 7D, it was great in good light but struggled otherwise. That would have been great for macro, physically smaller, fast frame rate if stacking and 1.6 crop for extra reach.
I'm looking seriously at a Raynox now.
The only one to fit my lens (72mm thread) is the 5 in 1 which is £300+
Gonna have to wait right.


Funny you should post that - I found one of those in the garden yesterday too!


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Your making me want to try full frame again

I'm looking on mpb like.....
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   Old Thread  #2398 17 Apr 2020 at 10.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Check out some of this dude's work

https://beingmark.com

Something to aspire to
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   Old Thread  #2397 17 Apr 2020 at 8.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm trying to set up some wide angle macro but my wide lenses don't work with either the raynox or extensions
The 17 will have to do for now until I can get my 7.5mm prime back from Dorset.
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   Old Thread  #2396 17 Apr 2020 at 8.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We must conclude that they flap faster than 250 times per second
Side on innit, you can sort of see the blur of the near one

EDIT:

For bees apparently they flap between 200 - 300 times per second, I'd say you probably want to try about double that and experiment from there. 1/640 ???

Just looked at the S/S for the Bee Fly in post 2348 - that one was 1600.


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   Old Thread  #2395 17 Apr 2020 at 8.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Brilliant

Who stole the beeflys wings

What shutter speeds are recommended for bees in flight? I was messing about yesterday lunchtime using available light only, shots didn't look right with sharp wings but I just couldn't find the balance between blurred wings and sharp fur
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   Old Thread  #2394 17 Apr 2020 at 7.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Made a flash diffuser/beamer from card, tinfoil and gaffa.
Another big difference!
Now as long as I'm well off sun angle, shots are so much better lit and there's more detail as a consequence.

Discovered my lens was back-focussing.
Had a suspicion it was but just put it down to hand-holding.
Only -6 but it's made a huge difference at that level.

Also realised that the exposure tricks I use for long lens are pretty much the opposite down this end!
I'm used compromising to high ISO's to maintain a 1000+ shutter speed, exposing well to the right to reduce noise, and taking highlights down afterwards.

In macro I'm finding that I have bags of shutter speed at 250 (the flash does the freezing) and it's better to expose dark and not to blow any highlights at all, and with the ISO at 100 it's much more forgiving when you pull shadows. You can't pull shadows at higher ISO's due to the noise.

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   Old Thread  #2393 17 Apr 2020 at 11.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Another little "light-bulb-moment" this morning. ('scuse pun!)

Was thinking about multiple light sources to eliminate shadows when I suddenly realised - using a flash I already have 2, just need to position them correctly.
Normally if the sun is out it is natural to shoot to take advantage of it with the sun at my back.
Using flash on top of the camera just increases that contrast of light/shadow as it's the same direction intensified.
This is obvious in processing when the dynamic range needs some serious reigning in in RAW conversion and in PS afterwards.

I had the thought that shooting INTO the sun with flash would be a better option and tried it.

It is!
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   Old Thread  #2392 15 Apr 2020 at 10.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm learning, and re-learning a lot this week.

My 17mm 1.8 makes a very interesting macro lens with extention tubes
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But gives no working distance whatsoever, this fellas leg was on the lens
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I've also re learned not to delete from the camera, this would have gone for sure
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I also now know I need some plants that wake up earlier, there's no colour at the moment
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I've also learned that South facing star trails are ugly, red intensifier filters don't cut light pollution now its all from leds and add some really weird colours, and even with the current clean air, astro shots in London don't work
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Quite frustrating with meteor showers over the next week
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   Old Thread  #2391 15 Apr 2020 at 9.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You get days where loads just seems to fall into place then months of learning bugger all!

Found a dead one to practice on this morning so I think this is the limit of the gear I have.

180 lens, 1.4 converter, 100 ISO, f9 (which I keep coming back to as the sweet spot)
Lit by flash on full and a high CRI torch.
Focus incrementally stepped and shutter fired via EOS Utility on the laptop.

Of course I'd never get anywhere near that kind of thing in the field but interesting to see.

Length of body & head = about 5mm

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   Old Thread  #2390 15 Apr 2020 at 10.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just had a quick took, over 80 "what lens" or "what camera" type threads since 2017, over a thousand posts, this thread has had a hundred posts in that time and most of them are us two over the last week

It's funny seeing some of my questions from a few years back, i remember some of the things I was trying to shoot and struggles I had with some technical details that seem so simple and trivial now. There really is no substitute for experience!

The house I'm working in this week, the garden is almost deafening with the amount of bugs buzzing about, I might warn the neighbours there'll be a nutter doing yoga with a camera tomorrow
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   Old Thread  #2389 15 Apr 2020 at 8.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Used to be quite a popular thread.
Carp angling seems to attract less "countrymen" and more "screenies" these days.

The gadget threads seem to get plenty of traffic!
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   Old Thread  #2388 15 Apr 2020 at 8.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had to check the name

I actually read this whole thread yesterday, it's a shame so many pics are missing but there are some amazing macro shots going back a bit
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   Old Thread  #2387 15 Apr 2020 at 7.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good find - he actually has exactly the same lens and body choices as me!

Officially the gain in magnification is about 20% with a 25mm tube

Interestingly it looks like my failed TC experiment may be back on again though, apparently AF is available at f8 and below, I think I left it at 9 or 10 yesterday when trying it.
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   Old Thread  #2386 15 Apr 2020 at 5.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Interesting article
I'd say the difference in magnification probably follows the same pattern. I didn't notice any mention of sharpness or diffraction in that Q&A,how times have changed
I'm still not sure how much difference 25mm tube will make, the impact on my tele lenses is marginal

I avoid this site but the first few comments seem relevant
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   Old Thread  #2385 14 Apr 2020 at 9.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Regarding light loss with extension tubes I found this.

"On the other hand, light loss caused by extension tubes is inversely proportional to the focal length of the original lens. For example, a 25mm tube results in a 1 stop loss on a 50mm lens, but only a half stop loss on a 100mm lens, or a quarter stop loss on a 200mm lens."

From here http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/eosfaq/closeup2.htm

So maybe less of an issue at 180 with a 25mm tube.
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   Old Thread  #2384 14 Apr 2020 at 11.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Let it cool, i had two taped together in a metal beauty dish with no airflow, they didn't like it
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   Old Thread  #2383 14 Apr 2020 at 10.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That could be a little game-changer

Just had a play and at 1/32 I can get 7 shots at either burst rate

Better still is 1/16 - 5 shots quite a light difference too!

At 1/8 I can only get 3.


Thanks for that tip - that wouldn't have occurred to me at all
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   Old Thread  #2382 14 Apr 2020 at 10.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Always manual with macro
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   Old Thread  #2381 14 Apr 2020 at 10.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sorry, yes I was thinking manual, I don't think ttl would work for a burst
If the flash is charged for a full power burst, you should get a few shots on lower power before it has to recharge
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   Old Thread  #2380 14 Apr 2020 at 10.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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1/32 what sorry?

Flash power?
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   Old Thread  #2379 14 Apr 2020 at 10.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I haven't used it for macro but for some fast karate sequences I was using 4 flashes in two groups firing alternately, it halved recycle times but is still wasn't quick enough, a little hack that worked for short bursts was to set the flash on full, let it charge then drop to say 1/32, you won't get 32 shots out of it but you should get at least half a dozen shots at low sequential speed.
Give it plenty of time to cool between bursts!

Continuous lights have a problem of their own in the pulse frequency, if you want consistent exposures you have to drop the shutter speed too low. Low energy lights indoors I'll be at around 1/20th. I have some video lights that are OK to around 1/80th but I will get a slight variation
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   Old Thread  #2378 14 Apr 2020 at 9.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Salted!

I think flash is just not the thing for me. The time it takes to recharge is too long between shots to expect most subjects to remain motionless. At 10 frames per second without flash I've a much better chance of some stackable images.

Adding flash might allow a touch more DOF but nowhere near enough to warrant the expense of the frame rate.
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   Old Thread  #2377 14 Apr 2020 at 9.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've found the humble pringles tube to be as good as anything, even comes with its own diffuser and the snacks to keep you going
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   Old Thread  #2376 14 Apr 2020 at 9.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No - me neither. The nearest I came to an idea was those soft silver foil/white reflectors on a wire frame that you can bend about.

If you could somehow mount that and bounce a top-mounted flash off it. Not much weight but still just too bulky.

What about a high CRI torch mounted?
That at least gets around the problem of the flash not keeping up with the burst rate!

I'm never going to get the sort of quality that you see with an MPE65, Cross polarisation and a dead or frozen subject though, so It's more about getting the most out of natural light and accepting the limitations of that.
I'm happy with what I'm getting at the moment anyway.
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   Old Thread  #2375 14 Apr 2020 at 9.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iíve not come across a way of avoiding the specular reflections from a ring light. The benefit of them is the even spread of the light because of the proximity of the source to the lens. For a more diffuse source the light has to be larger and would be blocked by the camera, lens and photographer. A longer focal length helps with lighting as you get more space. Maybe one of those little soft boxes you can get rigged up on a bracket close to the lens might work as a more natural looking reflection. I canít think of a way that isnít going to add bulk though.

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   Old Thread  #2374 14 Apr 2020 at 8.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Try it on trial first and see how it does YEMV as they say. full version free for 30 days.


The only editing I've been doing before stacking is the RAW conversion to TIFF which just maximises the exposure and a small bit of NR and capture sharpening.
Some of the more "random" framings have needed aligning and cropping in PS before stacking in Helicon, the alignment algorithm in PS seems to catch what Helicon sometimes can't.

Having said that I really should dust spot the layers first to avoid dust trails in the merge!

Spent all day yesterday exploring it.

The retouching is brilliant too, you get a circular brush which appears on both the selected layer view on the left and the stacked merge on the right in the same position, so you literally just find and select the layer with the sharp bit you want and paint it into the merge on the right.

Easier done than said!
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   Old Thread  #2373 14 Apr 2020 at 8.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I do love the slo-mo stuff but if I got into that I'd be bulk-buying hard-drives! I have enough Gb of back-up as it is just from RAWS
Liquid drops are the thing I'd go straight for if I did, they always look really cool.

Re: Ring flash, all the shots I've seen of wildlife seem to have this awful highlight circle in the eye which looks very unnatural to me, that's one of the reasons I've not invested.
The other being more bulk to carry around as mentioned.
Just out of curiosity is it possible to get the benefit of a ring flash without that hard ring of reflected light? Can you effectively diffuse a ring flash I guess is the question?
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   Old Thread  #2372 14 Apr 2020 at 8.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm glad you said that before I tried it

Got some work this week but got a couple of ideas for some shots later in the week. One will need cross polarising but I can't find the filter or my stepping rings

When you do the focus stacks are you doing any editing before stacking?
I'm looking forward to trying it out but the comments on focus breathing may explain why it's been hit and miss in the past, I know my 60mm is quite bad for that, the in camera function only works with certain lenses so I suppose it uses a correction profile
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   Old Thread  #2371 14 Apr 2020 at 7.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Worth bearing in mind is how much disc space Helicon Focus uses.
I did a big back-up to clear what I thought was plenty of space - about 42GB free.

While manipulating a stack of about 20 I got a disc warning - 2Gb left
I did have PS open at the same time with layers as well but it turned out Helicon was using something like 25Gb +

Possibly when you have multiple renders to compare, it makes lots of copies of the TIFF layers too.
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   Old Thread  #2370 13 Apr 2020 at 5.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had to dust off the cobwebs a while ago on the macro stuff. Wife wanted some iris shots of the family for some reason, probably a biometric scam or a picture for the loo maybe. Anyway, I used to do a lot of macro stuff in college and as a medical photographer. I really missed having a 200mm or a 120mm medical but got some reasonable pics with a Sigma 105mm on the D500 with a Metz ring flash. I had a Z 6 and a Nikon 60mm Micro on hand as well but the specular highlights were contained in the pupil and easy to edit out when using the D500 and the 105.

On lockdown Iíve been doing some poor-mans Slo-mo Guys stuff with the RX100 iv, some moon shots with a Nikon P1000 and turning one of the bedrooms into a camera obscura, it has kept the kids occupied anyway. Pinhole camera next.
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   Old Thread  #2369 13 Apr 2020 at 4.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Same here - you may remember donkeys years ago I think it was the Daily Mirror used to do a "what is it" competition. An oblique, usually close up photo of some everyday object that you had to guess.

Always fascinated me.
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   Old Thread  #2368 13 Apr 2020 at 3.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've always been interested in macro, just the way everyday objects become surreal or insects becoming the stuff of nightmares. When I started getting into using flash, macro was one of the most demanding and critical uses I could think of. If you can get the light you want for macro, portrait lighting is a piece of cake. Shiny insects throw another spanner in the works with all those reflections throwing specular highlights where you don't want them. Cross polarisation is my macro equivalent of slapping inch thick makeup on a model to get a nice specular highlight in the eyes but not on the skin

Cinema 3d glasses work well as Flash filters, and my family go mad for pringles, so I had the diy materials to hand as soon as I'd been given the idea
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   Old Thread  #2367 13 Apr 2020 at 2.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Loading in files is the same as PS and appears as a stack of layers on the right.
No masks though.

Split screen view with highlighted layer and rendered composite either side by side or top/bottom.

There is a choice of 3 Methods A, B & C all have a smoothing slider, and 2 have radius as well.

So you load in your files, choose a Method and hit render.

An output file is created in the split screen and a thumbnail for it at the bottom.
You can create a bunch of different renders to compare via the thumbnails, taking layers in and out of the mix as you like.
Easy to to add and remove images to the stack and also just to temporarily remove (untick) them from the render.
In PS this was a nightmare as you had to reload the images and start again every change!

Thereís editing (retouching) for each layer in another tab that I havenít explored yet, it seems brush based.
So far just messing with the 3 preset methods with their adjustments already produces much nicer results than PS.

Pretty powerful stuff.


Cross polarisation! bugger that for a game of soldier ants, I'm already experimenting way beyond my normal shooting.
I'll always be a field shooter so things like tripods and flashes and junk just weighs me down too much.

I just want to wander - see - get the best I can on the spot.
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   Old Thread  #2366 13 Apr 2020 at 12.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sure - I can only compare it to PS at the moment though. I think I'll probably pay for it.
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   Old Thread  #2365 13 Apr 2020 at 12.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Would you mind doing a quick write up on helicon focus when you get used to it , I'm interested in that program and deep sky stacker but I think I'll need a more powerful computer, I need one with a better screen anyway

Your getting towards the cross polarised light stage now
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   Old Thread  #2364 13 Apr 2020 at 11.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hiya Nine

Well my accidental and unscientific method for live insects in the field was basically that, the slight(!) movements as I try to hold still causes variations in focus. Framing can be an issue and after aligning all the frames I have to step through and remove any obvious stragglers before blending..

For tripod static, and the seemingly "correct" way of doing it which is what I've been playing with this morning, the focus breathing is a more obvious issue.
I am using quite a large subject (dead bee fly) and getting it as close to the lens as possible, using 20-30 shots depending on f-stop.
Probably the worst case scenario but it's good to test the boundaries of what I have.
Basically it tells me when not to bother if I have to go past any particular setting in the field.

I'm unlikely to use a tripod with any regularity so a rail would be even less likely.

Just downloaded Helicon for trial as well and straight away the results far exceed Photoshop.
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   Old Thread  #2363 13 Apr 2020 at 11.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Have you tried moving the camera for focussing? Either hand held or using a rail if you move the camera to acquire focus it avoids any issues with focus breathing which I would imagine would screw with focus stacking.
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   Old Thread  #2362 13 Apr 2020 at 9.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What I normally do is manually rack the focus either to mfd for really small stuff, or as framed for things like butterflies and damsels etc, then as I'm taking the shot(s) use my thumb on back-button-focus to fine tune via AF.
In that scenario it's quite fast and very usable, but from scratch it hunts like hell.
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I'm not sure there's such a thing as a fast focusing macro, I use mine in manual usually but I have the tricks that come with mirrorless cameras like focus peaking and magnified view either on the screen or through the viewfinder.

I've never used a tc but I'd think it might work better with that lens. When I've tried tubes on telephoto lenses they don't seem to have much affect, I don't know whether you'd use the actual or equivalent focal lengths to compare or how to calculate these things but on my zoom at 100mm(200mm equiv) the difference is negligible with 25mm tubes. If I put them on my wide zoom at infinity focus it won't quite focus on something sitting on the front element

I'd wanted the laowa 7.5mm f2 for ages, when I finally got round to ordering it it took a lot of will power not to add the 25
The probe lens looks interesting too but above my price ceiling for a toy
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   Old Thread  #2360 13 Apr 2020 at 8.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just tried a 1.4 - no AF at all, not even trying
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Shheeeeeet what have you done!
That 25mm looks tasty!

Shame I need all my (non-existent) money for food.

One thing I didn't consider with my existing rig, and I don't know why, is a TC.
It's free experiment anyway, but I expect AF will suffer terribly.
The only real downside of that 180 is the AF speed.
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   Old Thread  #2358 13 Apr 2020 at 8.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I don't know how lens dependant it is, but after putting tubes on I have to move the tripod back by around the same distance as the tubes, the raynox does cut the working distance at full magnification. Using both I have a working distance of about 25mm but my lens is wider than yours at 120mm 35mm equivalent.
The bigger problem is the loss of light coupled with the shallower dof, by the time you adjust the aperture you've probably lost 4 stops so flash or stacking become critical.

If I had this time on my hands without the financial uncertainty I'd take a punt on a laowa 25mm macro lens, they look very interesting! 5-1macro on a 2x crop sensor
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   Old Thread  #2357 12 Apr 2020 at 10.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm mostly at 3200 ISO, and use Neat Image for de-noising, also a small bit of de-noising at the RAW stage.

That last little spider is a frustratingly large crop but getting closer by adding tubes, I've just realised, is going to bring a whole new problem, them staying put while the lens gets even closer!
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   Old Thread  #2356 12 Apr 2020 at 6.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It looks a serious lens mate, I wouldn't want to put anything on it that would impair the quality either.
I wouldn't make any judgments on sharpness from those pics for a few reasons,a big one being I could gobo the flashes with the tubes but couldn't completely with the adaptor. I feel from looking at a lot of images that the adaptor isn't any worse than tubes but without losing all that light.your kit should give more useable iso range too, for stuff like this I'd be worried using 800 and expecting to have to use a decent noise reducer. I might try them both on my 75mm f1. 8 which is up there with the sharpest lenses for mft and find something worth doing hi res with.
In fairness a crop from a high res file will often be as good or better than a standard image with an adaptor. Some of the tech in these things astounds me
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   Old Thread  #2355 12 Apr 2020 at 6.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Didn't get long in the garden myself, clouded over quick and then rain.

That adaptor's quite impressive but I think to be honest the macro lens with tube has better quality, although you said you're losing light that way.
I'm going to a try a tube first anyway as it's cheaper, and my 180 prime is a bit of a belter.

Last night's refrigerated Zebra Jumper got his own back this morning - little bathtub was all over the place straight away - not a single usable frame!

Caught a couple more with slightly better results, but the best was the only Fleecy Jumper I found.
Half the length of an ant!

Sat nicely for 3 stacks worth - composite image below

All went back on the brickwork unharmed afterwards


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   Old Thread  #2354 12 Apr 2020 at 1.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Having to give the garden a wide berth today, kid next door coughing something chronic!
So I had a play with some flash gels. Won't be any good to compare sharpness but it does show a difference in magnification and exposure

Today's subject
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Here it is with my macro lens at mfd, 1:1 magnification. This will already be closer than you get just through the smaller sensor
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But we can get closer still, using 26mm of extension tubes.
Note all images are at f8, flash power and distance doesn't change either

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Another option are the excellent raynox adaptors, not to be compared to those cheap diopter, this is using the raynox 250, there are more or less powerful models
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We can also use both

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That first circle is less than a mm

I think I'm gonna order the raynox 150, I think stacking both will give me better results than using tubes. They don't seem to have the same light penalty, and will turn any of my lenses into macros, where the tubes only really work with standard to wide primes

I've got dozens of DIY modifiers for macro light diffusion, I'm going to have to knock up some mini snoots, I wanted more contrast than this
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   Old Thread  #2353 11 Apr 2020 at 7.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That would be great Paul, I did do a few but got really fed up with ps when trying to stack some astro images, I don't think I've used it in a year, light room does most of what I want.

I haven't noticed it before but my tubes seem to be robbing me of a lot of contrast and some sharpness, not sure if it's a light leak or some internal reflections but it hasn't always done that.

Tubes are a great cheap way to get closer, I'm finding the raynox adaptor previously mentioned costs a lot less in terms of light, contrast and sharpness, I think they're about £60

I've set the camera up for star trails now but I'll do a comparison tomorrw
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Photoshop is what I'm using, happy to do a quick guide via PM if it helps?

Going to have to get an extension tube to get closer.
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Seeing the outline of my head in the eye highlight I want to try it with a flash fired on my face

My camera does it well but it only takes a tiny movement and it will fail, its been like a yoga workout today getting into positions where I can hold it steady. I have a few worth editing from today, I might see whether the photos hop focus stack is easier than last time I tried.

Also had a go with the high res mode, a few frames were slightly missing focus but the frames may stack, would be great if they do, I'm always amazed at the detail when high res works
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   Old Thread  #2350 11 Apr 2020 at 5.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Found one! Couldn't catch it, it was deep in the Rosemary so shot it in situ.

After a little think I'd decided to go back to the 1D4 because I wasn't seeing any noticeable improvement in quality with the 5D3 and it only shoots 6fps.
1D4 does 10 fps and of course a little more reach which is always welcome.

Just took this - a 22 shot, and hand-held, focus stack.
Shocked at how well it's come out with such an unscientific way of shooting.

Same as yours really, for an in-camera algorithm that's pretty stonking.


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   Old Thread  #2349 11 Apr 2020 at 5.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm glad to finally know what the bee fly is called, I get loads in my garden and never knew whether they sting

I wasn't looking for one but this managed to meet a sticky end under my drink! (click)

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Stacked in camera
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   Old Thread  #2348 11 Apr 2020 at 3.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can't find one now!

Today's bests...

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Wolf Spider - stack of 5


Bee Fly


Sand Wasp (I think) covered in pollen


Shield Bug (stack of 9)
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   Old Thread  #2347 11 Apr 2020 at 12.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Jumpers look so cute up close

The stacking can do better than I've shown here, I had it set a bit too narrow by the look of them. It's also jpeg only but with the single raw frames if you want to go to the next level.
I did mean to do some composite star trails last night but a couple of ciders in the sunshine went right to my head
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   Old Thread  #2346 11 Apr 2020 at 11.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for the tip

I have the same thing with wanting to fill the frame at the expense of focus! Of course backing off a little also increases your DOF so win-win. There's always a fair degree of luck involved with anything live.
That's pretty impressive in-camera stacking mate.

Going to try to catch a Zebra Jumping Spider today and chill it a little in the fridge...
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   Old Thread  #2345 11 Apr 2020 at 9.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Squashed slugs seem to get their attention

I can't seem to resist getting closer and closer, that ant and greenfly shot is the full frame and the long end is about 6mm, using an olympus 60mm macro, extension tubes and a raynox dcr-250 adaptor. The tubes seem to cost 2to3 stops of light and at that magnification any aperture below f11 will need stacking. Because of the speed the ants go at, using flash it takes an awful lot of luck to get one in focus. I could do with a couple of 100w bulbs

It's a lot easier when you back off a bit
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This is a straight out of camera stack (click)
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Would be better with a bit of work but just wanted to show what the camera will give you when you can't be arsed to edit
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I tried little piles of sugar around the patio as bait but they're not interested!

Saw that Septimus had one "on the mat" so grabbed the tripod - this one is a stack of 5 shots.

First time I've done more than 3, pretty pleased how it came out.

(Used full frame body today, yesterdays were 1.3 crop)


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   Old Thread  #2343 10 Apr 2020 at 1.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I struggle with anything live but olympus cameras do focus stacking in camera. It works well with flowers as you can use the sharpest aperture and the camera stacks 10 shots. It will also focus bracket up to 99 shots but that's too much processing for me

I couldn't be chasing around trying to focus, I found the most popular path set the focus and spray and pray when one was in the area

I'll have to set up some better lighting, even in late afternoon sunlight with a reflector and a rhino beam I didn't have enough light for proper close macro
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   Old Thread  #2342 10 Apr 2020 at 12.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Imagine if they were the same size as us! Terrifying.
You did better than me - they move too fast for me to get anywhere near a focus - gave up in the end.

I'm using a 180mm 3.5 which has a MFD of 0.48 metres.
Mostly at f8 or f10, hand held and no flash.
If I go any higher on the f-stop I start losing quality.

The Shield Bug is actually focus stacked from 2 shots.
I didn't think I could get into focus stacking by shooting hand held, but I've found if you "machine-gun" once you obtain focus there are usually enough variations in focus to pick one or two or even 3 shots to stack.

On a tripod you would deliberately alter the focus very slightly as you shoot to get the range, but hand-held, forget it!
Obviously you need a static target as well, which rules out ants.
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   Old Thread  #2341 10 Apr 2020 at 12.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very nice
I planted some lavender hoping to get some pics of the beetles but after both kids got stung by bees I had to get rid

I stuck a macro adaptor on my long zoom, 300mm on a 2x crop body, ants are bloody scary lookin up close

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Not nearly good enough to share but interesting to see how close you can get with these adaptors, not very practical with about a microns depth of field at f14
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   Old Thread  #2340 10 Apr 2020 at 9.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Ken - (just the Shield Bug...)


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   Old Thread  #2339 10 Apr 2020 at 9.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fabulous pix, Paul. I've saved the Shield Beetle in my desktops folder.
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Some back-garden mini-beasts.

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Rosemary Beetle


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   Old Thread  #2337 6 Apr 2020 at 6.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks mate
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Mpb are pretty good for trade ins, I have used park cameras and cameraworld but went to the stores after an estimate online.
I've found places like cash converters and cex often pay more than camera shops when selling but you tend to get better value with trade ins
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   Old Thread  #2335 6 Apr 2020 at 8.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Iím looking to trade some camera gear in as Iím looking to upgrade,can anyone recommend someone online where Iíd get a half decent deal ?
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   Old Thread  #2334 22 Mar 2020 at 12.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Duggs, your thoughts resemble what I have recently concluded having used a filter for as long as I can remember. Bare back it is going forward
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   Old Thread  #2333 21 Mar 2020 at 6.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Depends how you use your gear really, if your often wiping fingerprints off the lens then yes you should use them.
I only really use one for insect macro or days out with the family when I might pass it too one of the kids.
I do usually use a hood tho, both to stop flares and for a bit of protection

bit geeky but interesting
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   Old Thread  #2332 21 Mar 2020 at 5.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What are the current thoughts regards using UV filters to protect the lens ? You buy the best glass you can afford, then put a cheap (in-comparison) piece of cheap glass in front of it for protection, or dismiss the filter and risk getting water /debris on the lens ?
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   Old Thread  #2331 13 Mar 2020 at 1.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
My friend is a photographer and I envy him. It's that rare case when your hobby is your job. And I took a look at wedding photographers in cornwall and like really, you can get a job in some company organazing events and voila, you're all set!
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   Old Thread  #2330 19 Dec 2019 at 10.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yep, they're not shy are they

Top one is a fledgling, second one is him or one of his 2 siblings being fed.
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   Old Thread  #2329 19 Dec 2019 at 8.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is that not a kookaburra?
Lovely birds, have fed the greedy *******s with prime cuts of steak in the wild
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   Old Thread  #2328 19 Dec 2019 at 8.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wish!

25 hours of flying, in an hour's time
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   Old Thread  #2327 19 Dec 2019 at 7.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Great shots
Australian Christmas?
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Couple more - click for full

Black-fronted Dotterel


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   Old Thread  #2325 15 Dec 2019 at 6.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Love the bottom shot
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Always nice to have some new subjects

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Kookaburra fledgeling


Kookaburras


Purple Swamphen


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   Old Thread  #2323 11 Jul 2019 at 11.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Amazing! What camera did you use?
Actually, I'm having some purposes by asking that - I'm going to be a wedding photographer for my close relative next month (including engagement party of a Rent-A-Fair style https://www.poptop.uk.com/blog/11-unique-engagement-party-ideas/).
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   Old Thread  #2322 29 Mar 2019 at 7.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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my heads spinning tbh, why cant cameras have voice activation like smart phones,
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You could look for a camera with a built in interval timer or buy one that connects to your camera for about 12 quid on eBay. I use a Nikon D7200 that has a built in one and never had any issues with photographing fish this way.
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   Old Thread  #2320 28 Mar 2019 at 10.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
guys
im giving myself a headache looking at cameras, im looking for a camera with a flip round screen..a.budget of £300.
i want to be able to set it on a tripod,pick the fish up and then take the pucture,on my previous g5 i had a remote. do cameras have wink/smile recognition to take the picture. i dont want to have to press the button,scramble to pick the fish up for the 10 second timer...
what camera gives me the options to do this please.

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F4 will keep you and the fish sharp but throw the background out nicely aslong as there is a good separation from the background

Use a depth of field calculator if you are unsure, plenty online or apps to download.

edit: just replied to a year old post - apologies!
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Well, maybe this will change soon. I got into fishing photography thanks to this: http://noon-day.com/ and I've become quite good at it. That company is also worth checking out, by the way.
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Has anyone had any luck capturing the blood moon?
I got up at 4 and have only had the odd glimpse through clouds. Here's hoping it clears a bit before I head to work
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   Old Thread  #2316 30 Oct 2018 at 1.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I don't think there's anything to worry about really, with all the advantages of mirror less and the fact all the lenses will work with an adaptor, the only real issue is that some people just won't get on with an evf.

I'd think the Eos m mount will die before the ef mount, I expect to see crop sensor Eos r cameras in the near future

I'm a little disappointed Olympus didn't join Leica sigma and Panasonic in the l mount group, I'd definitely be interested in a full frame omd.
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   Old Thread  #2315 2 Oct 2018 at 11.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Guess not
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So guys, with the recent release of the Nikon Z6/Z7 and Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless bodies, Sony's established mirrorless line, and Canons established EF-M APS-C line selling well, is anyone getting worried that DSLR will be phased out over the coming years?
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   Old Thread  #2313 19 Jun 2018 at 9.10am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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right guys...I own a canon 700d and am looking for recommendations for a good scenic/wildlife lens to give me more options than my 18-55 and 50mm. Can anyone recommend me anything - don't want to spend the earth (under £200 used)
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Stunning birds they are.
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Got the same lens. I find f5.6 the best all round aperture but f11 gives more depth of field. I use it wide open only for landscapes (scenics) when the focus is at infinity. Otherwise the dof is too shallow and it is all to easy to get blurred trophy shots.
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   Old Thread  #2310 21 Mar 2018 at 9.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Only just realised this thread existed.
The Non Carp section often gets over looked. I did suggest they include it when you do a 'Read Next' but it never happened.
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Lovely shots

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   Old Thread  #2308 15 Mar 2018 at 11.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Risky. It will be sharpest a few stops above wide open. 2.5-3.2 I normally favour. Trial and error though mate, every day is different.
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   Old Thread  #2307 15 Mar 2018 at 8.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just bought a Nikon 35mm 1.8 lens. What aperture would be best for trophy shots? Is 1.8 too low?
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   Old Thread  #2306 14 Mar 2018 at 10.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Plenty to learn still but relatively happy

see if this guy can help

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   Old Thread  #2305 14 Mar 2018 at 7.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Only just realised this thread existed. Had a scroll through and thereís some serious images on here!!
I got a bit of cash for my 30th so treated myself to a new lense which has really upped the interest. Hereís a few recent ones. Plenty to learn still but relatively happy.




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   Old Thread  #2304 4 Mar 2018 at 7.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It actually seems fine now, I might send it for a service anyway.
It's an olympus 12-40 2.8 so not exactly cheap!
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   Old Thread  #2303 4 Mar 2018 at 7.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ouch

At least the eye will heal for free! Lenses can be expensive!
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   Old Thread  #2302 4 Mar 2018 at 6.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I thought some slow shutter + 2nd curtain flash shots of the kids throwing snowballs would be good....

About 3 shots in I got a football sized one right at the camera, got a bit of a black eye from the viewfinder and a jittering sound when the lens focuses

Longer lens and take cover next time
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   Old Thread  #2301 4 Mar 2018 at 5.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone been out in the snow?

All that white background great for high-key stuff.


Click for full version
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   Old Thread  #2300 13 Feb 2018 at 6.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ive made a few diffusers for macro stuff to give different effects, but they were all for a little nissin i40 and we're too small for my new flashes. The new ones are a bit too big tbh, I'll keep the nissin for now, I might get a godox tt350 and sell the nissin

I came across a website called strobist a few weeks back while I was trying to get to grips with a new multi flash setup, and it's helped me a lot.


lighting 101

A lot of the concepts can be scaled down for macro if that's what your struggling with
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   Old Thread  #2299 12 Feb 2018 at 6.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I don't know if this will help but....at our local flower nursery they sell ali tube about 15mm dia plus plastic fittings, I made a frame for a light box, when finished take apart and store, at Wilko's in the food storage section there are stainless steel bowls about 300mm dia, I drilled and fitted a bulb holder in 2 of them and used what ever bulb I wanted, cheap as chips

BTW I too am having problems getting the light I want.
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   Old Thread  #2298 4 Jan 2018 at 7.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I got a pair of godox flash guns and controller for Christmas, and couldn't resist when I saw an olympus 75mm 1.8 for £400, so my house has been like a portrait studio for the past week. The family were getting fed up do I thought id try them out for macro, but hit a snag when I realised none of my small diffusers would fit
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60mm macro with 26mm extention tubes at mfd

I could have done with a grid and a hood but I thought this would look interesting backlit

Can anyone recommend a book on portrait/studio lighting, I'm finding it difficult to get the look I want
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   Old Thread  #2297 3 Jan 2018 at 9.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Since all my pics are gone from the forum i thought id stick a few here.
I seem to be looking up a lot lately
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Taken handheld and heavily cropped, with another big moon at the end of the month I'll be hoping for something better

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I've never been happy with my astro shots, but i usually take them in the south east with all the light pollution that goes with it. An overnight stay in dorset fo work a couple of weeks back during the new moon got me the 1st shots I've been happy with,now I need to figure out how to stack multiple images to clean them up a bit. I'm also looking into getting a laowa 7.5mm f2 which should let me use a longer shutter speed,potentially letting me drop the iso by 2 stops

But there's always time for some arty stuff
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I really enjoy macro, but I've struggled a bit focusing on live insects, so I thought I'd practice by chasing the fish I'm my tank. I got a similar shot by mistake that was miles out of focus, so I spent a while trying to replicate it. In the end I swapped the 60mm macro for a 75mm with extention tubes to use the faster af
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   Old Thread  #2296 19 Oct 2017 at 1.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I still can't consider the canon mirrorless tbh, when you look at the dslr lens lineup for crop sensors there are some big gaps there, and with lots of reports of canon and nikon dropping full frame mirrorless cameras next year, the new lens lineups will probably be the same. Fuji and mft have better lens options for me unless I decided to step up to full frame.

Where can I get a 22mm f1.2 so cheap, the olympus one is £1200
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   Old Thread  #2295 19 Oct 2017 at 10.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree, you can buy an M5 mirrorless with kit lens PLUS a fixed f2 pancake for the same as the MKIII.
I was really looking forward to the MKIII release but tbh it's just confirmed that my next camera will be mirrorless.

Edit: You can get an M100 which has the same sensor as the MKIII, plus kit lens, plus 22 mm f1.2, for several hundred quid less than the MKIII!!!
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   Old Thread  #2294 18 Oct 2017 at 4.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It has gone up a sensor size though, a 15-45 constant 2.8 would be huge on that camera.

The price is more off putting, you can get a decent body and very good lens for that money
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   Old Thread  #2293 18 Oct 2017 at 1.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
So I see Canon has announced their G1X MKIII with a really slow lens. Very disappointing. The MKII is like the ultimate fishing camera IMO, looks like I'll be sticking with it....
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   Old Thread  #2292 25 Aug 2017 at 5.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If it's canon mount then yes, it'll say ef or ef-s in the name.
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   Old Thread  #2291 25 Aug 2017 at 3.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Can I use a Tamron Telephoto lens for my Canon 60D?
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   Old Thread  #2290 2 Aug 2017 at 6.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I probably should have updated those posts, I've gone through loads of options over the months since that post.
I think it's because I'm often using extention tubes with a macro lens, I haven't checked but it's probably giving me around 3:1 without throwing crop factor into the mix, so lighting is critical
Led ringflash, was adjustable but still pretty flat, colour was poor
Olympus twin macro flash, my favourite but pricey, also had the opposing effect to a ring, being a bit too harsh and directional for a lot of shots
Also tried a few leds on flexible arms without finding anything versatile enough to cover most bases.
Then I found 1001 articles about diy diffusers and now have a few options that cost next to nothing that I prefer to all the above options.
I may have to get an olympus flashgun soon to fully utilise the focus stacking features in my camera, and i may get a raynox filter to fit a zoom that doesn't work well with extenders, but other than that I'm quite happy with my kit.
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   Old Thread  #2289 2 Aug 2017 at 5.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you are a Canon user then the Yongnuo Macro Ring Lite YN14EX is worth looking at. This model meshes in with all the auto flash settings on the EOS models and is very easy to use.
This new breed of ring lite features two separate tubes that sit each side of the lens as opposed to the old style which was an unbroken ring around the lens and yes did give boring lighting but all that has changed with the new breed of guns.
I have been using one for over a year with a range of macro lenses magnifying from basic 1:1 life-size and 3x life-size and can't fault it apart from a slightly flimsy battery cover catch which I corrected with a small screw
From memory the cost was around £70UK from a well known shopping channel which is a fraction of the cost of the Canon model which this one seems to be a direct copy of.
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   Old Thread  #2287 3 Dec 2016 at 6.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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the one I have is adjustable, can have light on one side or the other or both, also the amount of light.
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You can do an awful lot with ps, but editing is a chore for me. I'd rather get 99% right in camera and do minor tweaks where needed.
With macro stuff I like to see the textures my eyes can't, and the ringflash does a good job of hiding this. I'll add a couple of pics later to show what I mean
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   Old Thread  #2285 3 Dec 2016 at 10.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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when I'm doing macro I use a ring light but shoot in RAW, when post editing in PS or PS Elements there are lots of tools for light/exposure adjustment, amazing software can do things you never thought possible.
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What type of macro flashes are best? I used a ring light type and didn't like the flat dull look. I don't want to spend much but want something easier than juggling off camera flash guns
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   Old Thread  #2283 13 Nov 2016 at 7.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The clouds were not very friendly tonight, lets hope tomorrow evening will be better.

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   Old Thread  #2282 13 Nov 2016 at 10.02am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
On the theme of surprise visitors I stumbled across a load of these in a clearing by my local river

Anyone know what they are? The Mrs wants some
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   Old Thread  #2281 13 Nov 2016 at 9.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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this guide popped up in my news feed
I don't have a lens long enough for the idea I had and I doubt I'll get one today.

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   Old Thread  #2280 12 Nov 2016 at 6.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
this Monday 14th Nov @4.30 pm there will be a "Super Moon" the closest its been to Earth in 70 years, SO, what's my best way to capture the occasion, shoot in RAW and adjust everything in L R/PS or fully auto and hope for the best?
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   Old Thread  #2279 7 Nov 2016 at 11.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Highly unusual visitor to my garden this morning. We love pheasant but I could never bring myself to shoot such a beautiful creature.

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   Old Thread  #2278 8 Oct 2016 at 6.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hi guys.

Mrs just bought a cannon eos 80d.
Looking at buying her a memory card for this.

What would the best options be here?

Many thanks.
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   Old Thread  #2277 8 Oct 2016 at 8.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No it was the filter, my camera is mirrorless so light leaks aren't an issue.
I tried a few options and the cheap srb photographic one had the best colours, I'm now looking at the square filters from srb and cokin

Not sure whether to start with hard or soft grads, also whether auto focus works properly with linear polarisers
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   Old Thread  #2276 8 Oct 2016 at 0.15am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I know it may be a bit late, but have you tried covering the eyepiece on long exposures? light hits the sensor through that as well.
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   Old Thread  #2275 29 Sept 2016 at 1.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use the 1.4 on my 750, lovely lens, 1.8 is ideal, don't want to be much under 2.8 for trophy shots as the DoF is too small.
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I already have a Sigma 24-105mm art lens but its a little bulky and heavy (and expensive) to use for trophy shots
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It deserves better

I nearly bought the same camera with the sigma 50mm art lens, which is an awesome combo, too good for me, and too big for me to lug around like I do with my m43 kit.
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   Old Thread  #2272 13 Sept 2016 at 6.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi fellas

Anyone recommend a decent lens for self takes in all conditions

I've just purchased a Nikon d750 and was thinking of a Nikon f/1.8g 50mm prime lens

Anyone use one of these?
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   Old Thread  #2271 11 Sept 2016 at 4.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A flash will help a lot to fill the shadows, for ease of use you want one canon ttl compatable, and with a decent output

Something like a yongnuo 500 would fit the bill, but they're huge on small cameras



This flash is the same size, the camera probably twice the size of yours and half the size of a basic dslr.

I have a nissin i40 which is a better match with smaller cameras but given the cost you'd be better off getting a cheaper flash and better camera
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   Old Thread  #2270 9 Sept 2016 at 10.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think it depends on........in 30 years time do you want a good photo of what you caught today, I would get a good second hand DSLR and a half decent flash, but till then experiment with what you have now, I would be tempted to use the flash even on a sunny day (as infill) make notes and keep records of what you do, before digital I would put a NUMBER in the shot and on a note pad put what I did in that photo with that number, settings/distance/clouds/sun etc, can pick up a used camera for about £100-£130 and a flash for about £40 or £50, good luck and be patient


BTW how are you replying to a post 4 years ago that doesn't exist?
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   Old Thread  #2269 7 Sept 2016 at 7.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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After some advice i own a cannon g6 but only ever use it on auto.A place i fish has very tight swim and is half boards half greenery the last 2 times i have caught decent fish my photos have been awful as half the light in half the shot has been dull the other half bright due to low early morning sun.Resulting pictures were awful 1 was a blur with over exposure i was told the other 1 end of fish dark .Obviously i am a noob do i need a external flash or would a better camera be a better option for someone who only uses auto also night shots are not great either
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   Old Thread  #2268 30 Jul 2016 at 12.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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...generally the money is better spent on upgrading lenses rather than the cameras.

Good advice A camera is only as good as the glass on the front of it.
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   Old Thread  #2267 15 Jul 2016 at 0.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The 600/650/700d are all very capable cameras, touch screens in my opinion are not worth the extra, its definitely worth paying out for the best glass you can, people often say they need to upgrade cameras to get a better picture, and yes this is right in some cases, but generally the money is better spent on upgrading lenses rather than the cameras.
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   Old Thread  #2266 13 Jul 2016 at 4.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've recently been looking for the same and by the sounds of it I have a similar level of understanding of cameras. I've decided on a used 650D and a STM kit for now. I'll see how the kit images come out first and then decide if I want a prime or not. The 650D is almost identical to the 700D (although 700D has slightly better low light performance) but around the lower price of the 600D. 600D has an older processor, no touch LCD and a few other differences. I've had a play with a 50mm prime a bloke has at work and it seems you have to have the camera a mile away from you for a self take. Not great in tight swims. I was finding used 650D bodies with low-ish shutter counts (around 1500) for around £260. Used 18-55 STM kits for around £65.

If you want new though, the 700D is the only one available from those three. I'm sure there might be some new grey market or american 650s (T4i) around if that doesn't bother you.

I've learnt a shed load from watching reviews of these three cameras and some of the equivalent Nikons on Youtube. Their worth a look.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the input mate. Excuse my ignorance as I am really hoping to learn a lot about the technical side of photography. So the camera you recommend on paper seems less camera than the other 2. Am I right in assuming as long as the camera body has a decent pixel count it's the lens that makes the difference to the image quality/end result? The pancake lens looks a good option..soo many choices!
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   Old Thread  #2264 12 Jul 2016 at 7.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Canon 600d, and 35mm f2 would be within your budget or a 40mm pancake 2.8, id stay away from a 50mm on a crop sensor as it can be a bit tight in smaller swims, and to get that shallow depth of field you need a bit of distance between you and the camera or you won't even have the fish fully in focus.
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that might be a good option for me will take a look and look at some shots taken by this camera.
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   Old Thread  #2262 12 Jul 2016 at 11.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've got a canon 700d. Less megapixals than the nikon but great camera.. flip round screen too and 399 at currys at the moment with the 18-55mm kit lens which means you could get the ef 50mm 1.8 lens too and still be in budget for the out of focus backgrounds.. great lens for the money. Not ideal if your capture shots are in very tight swims as you need the camera back a bit with the focal length on a crop sensor. You don't need to be a mile away and you get great shots. Hope this helps
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Hi guys, I am looking for someone to point me in the right direction as am looking to get my first DSLR in the next few months.

I have a top budget of £500 and just wondered for me what would be the best option. What I want from it is crisp images 80% of my photography will be of captures with a few scenic shots and wildlife snaps. I like the shallow depth of field shots so needs good capabilities re this. Finally good self take capabilities so rotating screen is needed with good night-time results . I am currently looking at the Nikon d5500 this is obviously at the top end of my budget with standard kit lens. Are there better (cheaper which will give me the results I want) options out there to consider.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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   Old Thread  #2260 11 Jul 2016 at 5.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes
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   Old Thread  #2259 8 Jul 2016 at 9.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Evening guys. Do polarising filters have the same effect as polarised sun glasses do in reducing surface glare? So as to use with a telephoto zoom lens to locate and identify fish from distance.
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   Old Thread  #2258 12 Jun 2016 at 12.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
JACK-2

This chap was in the garden for about an hour calling for mum, I'm a lazy amateur so used a Nikon D5300 with a 70-300 zoom, no tripod (didn't think I would get as many photos as I did)
EDIT
After posting this photo he came back and it rained......where's my mum

2nd EDIT
He was still in the garden at 8pm so out came the spare landing net and he was caught, he was a guest at the cardboard box B&B for the night (he wouldn't have a prayer with the local cats), took him out this morning gave some breakfast before showing him the door, a bit later one of the parents came down and fed him, came back home couldn't see him.....job done, no it wasn't there he was on the bloody front gate post, I came out slammed the door and he flew down the road, from now on I'm letting nature take it' course
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   Old Thread  #2257 5 May 2016 at 8.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #2256 28 Apr 2016 at 4.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They're great models....one quite often sits on my boot waiting for food, a few weeks ago one landed on my boot then hopped up to my knee, I just froze with a big smile on my face

PS great photo
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   Old Thread  #2255 28 Apr 2016 at 1.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Im a wedding photographer throughout the year but snapped this little guy when on a short session


Canon 6D 70-200 F2.8 L

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   Old Thread  #2254 26 Apr 2016 at 6.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ok thanks, I'll have a look at some this week, I'm just not sure whether it'll be too bulky that I don't bother taking it out unless I'm actually planning to use it rather than just having it in the bag. Plus my primes are tiny and I'm not sure I'd have room for my fingers
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   Old Thread  #2253 23 Apr 2016 at 11.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you are ever thinking of using ND grads then you really need square/rectangular. Buy the holder then get the attachment rings you need or use step up/downs. Or keep it light and just carry a blob of blu tac.

If you are on a budget get the bigger set, you'll be better off in the long run. One polarising filter and holder will cancel out any savings made buy buying small.
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   Old Thread  #2252 23 Apr 2016 at 4.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What are the advantages of the square filters? I've stuck with the circular type up to now, and although I have polarizers to suit most lenses I just got the nd a size up for my biggest lens and got stepping rings. Would I need a holder to suit different lenses or are they adaptable?

Welding glass sounds interesting I'll check that out
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   Old Thread  #2251 23 Apr 2016 at 11.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use the Lee Big Stopper. You could just use some welding glass, there's plenty of info online and the colour shift is not impossible to correct.
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   Old Thread  #2250 23 Apr 2016 at 7.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks, i had a look andThey look good, a bit pricey and difficult to get hold of tho.
I'm working near Tottenham Court Road this week, a 2 minute walk from park cameras, so I'll take the camera and check a couple out.
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   Old Thread  #2249 22 Apr 2016 at 9.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Singh-Ray are supposed to be very good.
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   Old Thread  #2248 17 Apr 2016 at 10.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Can anyone recommend a decent 10 stopper nd filter?
I bought a tiffen pro nd 3.0 and the colour shift is extreme! No matter what I do to the white balance greens are reddish brown and I doubt I'll get the results I want with the computer

A quick test shot before I got my feet wet(luckily)




Edit
Apparently it's due to the filter blocking the visible spectrum but not infra red, the newer tiffen filters block this out.
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   Old Thread  #2247 18 Feb 2016 at 8.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Any ideas on best way to capture/extract a still jpeg image from video footage on Canon D70?
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   Old Thread  #2246 28 Jan 2016 at 8.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anybody know any decent trusted firmware for Nikon cameras?

My mates got magic lantern on his Canon and it's absoloutey amazing!

Just annoying it isn't compatible with Nikon.

The intervalometer feature is probably the most useful one and I know I could just buy an external one but there were so many other cool features on there all together they really make a difference. Just wondering if anything similar is about for Nikon ?

Had a quick look about but a lot of it looks a bit dodgy to me... don't want to muck up my camera!!!
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   Old Thread  #2245 11 Jan 2016 at 1.26pm