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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.


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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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