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   Old Thread  #1622 6 Mar 2012 at 5.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lenses for hire

Plenty of companies about if nobody can help.

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   Old Thread  #1621 6 Mar 2012 at 4.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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And a very large `drink` as well
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   Old Thread  #1620 6 Mar 2012 at 4.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This is from Flickr it is sharper
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   Old Thread  #1619 6 Mar 2012 at 1.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Now this might be a long shot but has anyone got a 300mm+ Canon-fit lens that they would lend me for a South Africa trip in April?

I'll supply insurance details, of course.
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   Old Thread  #1618 6 Mar 2012 at 10.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
It may not always be necessary to use artificial lighting when capturing images of objects in doors. These two shots were lit with natural light from a window.

The camera setting was f22 which produced a long time exposure at ISO 100. The camera was mounted on a tripod with the mirror locked up and an electronic shutter release was used to minimise vibration. During the exposure the viewfinder was blocked out to stop extraneous light from affecting the exposure.



Canon EOS 450. Vivitar 90mm f2.8 Macro, manual focus and stopped down aperture metering
EDIT have a look at these shots on my Flickr account JohnT2012 loads sharper
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   Old Thread  #1617 5 Mar 2012 at 8.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Sundance, that's also my lake! Ha, as annoying as the noise from that plant is, it provides some handy light for spotting fish at night!
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   Old Thread  #1616 5 Mar 2012 at 8.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i agree will be getting a fliker acount !!!!! seam to loose so much in the detail
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   Old Thread  #1615 5 Mar 2012 at 6.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have Noticed in the past images pasted from photo bucket seem to lose quality
Never had this with Flickr.
Thanks everyone for the advice on ring flashes, Think i will have to look into it a bit more before i splash out
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   Old Thread  #1614 5 Mar 2012 at 12.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Is it my imagination or are images uploaded to Flickr sharper than those uploaded to Photobucket when viewed on the forum
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   Old Thread  #1613 5 Mar 2012 at 8.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Following on from some of the comments made in respect of the performance of budget `Ring Flashes` the following picture has emerged, no pun intended.

The average flash output is around a guide of 15 at an ISO of 100. This figure is true of a model costing £30- £300+. You do not need a massive flash output when taking macro shots at extreme close distance.
Most of the features in respect of variable flash output and other useful features found in the top of the range models can be got in a model costing £30.

There is a difference between the budget and top of the range models. At the top end they will match up with the cameras electronicsí in respect of auto exposure.

With a budget model you would select manual (M) and set a speed of 125 or less and an aperture of say f11. Take a few test shots and make adjustments. Not that difficult.

Build quality and reliability are a consideration. The budget models use super bright LEDís as opposed to tubes and are made from plastic as opposed to stronger materials seen in the more expensive versions.

It is a horses for courses situation. If I was going to earn my living by taking close up macro shots I would probably invest in a top of the range model. As I donít then the budget version fills the need I have at present.
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   Old Thread  #1612 4 Mar 2012 at 10.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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another for orbis or ray flash, if you have some time make your own !!!
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   Old Thread  #1611 4 Mar 2012 at 8.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I fished here last night. taken handheld with a muFT Lumix G3 and 20mm 1.7 lens
massive iso on the 2nd one. cleaned up with Topaz Denoise. (thanks keebs)

The idea was to show exactly waht I could see. Or in the 2nd shot, exactly what I couldnt.




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   Old Thread  #1610 4 Mar 2012 at 6.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
My first play with video mode on the new DSLR


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   Old Thread  #1609 4 Mar 2012 at 5.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think things have moved on a bit. I donít normally buy basic entry anything but in this case I was interested to see what you got for a silly amount of money

Basically you get a ring flash which comes with loads of different size adaptors which fit all the lenses I have.

You can have a conventional flash, with 7 power levels or continues light and should you chose left or right illumination only.

On the downside it syncros at 100th which is a bit slow for me but works at 160-200th.
Hand held with a high ISO the effective working aperture is around 5.6-f8. Not tried it as yet with a low ISO on a tripod but as the study posted was the second shot I had taken with it I am not that disappointed with the result

The model is a Meike FC100 and came with a bonus cleaning kit, pen brush, blower, lens cleaner and a cloth This is the cheapest bit of camera kit I have ever brought £27.00 but if it does the job, for now thatís fine by me. I will of course end up with something decent with the resulting hefty price tag, as you do
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   Old Thread  #1608 4 Mar 2012 at 3.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Sigma one didn't seem too bad when I had a look at it a while ago. Have a look at the Orbis attachment if it isn't going to be in regular use. I haven't played with one for ages, although I was using a Medical-Nikkor 120mm nearly 20 years ago.

I'm going to Focus tomorrow and if I remember I'll have a look at what's available.
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