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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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Crab Spider on glass coffee table.

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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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   Old Thread  #2338 10 Apr 2020 at 9.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Some back-garden mini-beasts.

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Shield Bug


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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   Old Thread  #2336 6 Apr 2020 at 9.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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 Im looking to trade some camera gear in as Im looking to upgrade,can anyone recommend someone online where Id 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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