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John ­ Koerner
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Aug 22, 2011 19:23 |  #16
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Thank you all for your kind words and taking the time to comment :D


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Aug 24, 2011 03:31 |  #17

great shots...


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Aug 24, 2011 17:22 |  #18

Excellent work. Great detail in all those shots.


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Aug 24, 2011 17:37 |  #19

Very nice! Is that first one with the MP-E 1:1 or larger?




  
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Aug 25, 2011 06:17 as a reply to  @ John Koerner's post |  #20
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Thanks Jadrock, AbPho, and Pev11.

To Pev: the MPE was @ 1:1 on that one :)

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Aug 25, 2011 10:17 |  #21

John,

Your photographs have always been enjoyable since you first started posting here. The above are no exception.

I want to personally thank you for posting your macro set-up a while back. Based on those few photos, I recently purchased a Giottos MTL 9360B tripod. I couldn't be happier. I realize I won't be able to take professional photographs with a G12 but this set-up is helping me get shots I previously was unable to get.

Thank you for sharing your technique.

Kim


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Aug 25, 2011 11:34 |  #22
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Phoenixkh wrote in post #12997249 (external link)
John,
Your photographs have always been enjoyable since you first started posting here. The above are no exception.
I want to personally thank you for posting your macro set-up a while back. Based on those few photos, I recently purchased a Giottos MTL 9360B tripod. I couldn't be happier. I realize I won't be able to take professional photographs with a G12 but this set-up is helping me get shots I previously was unable to get.
Thank you for sharing your technique.
Kim

Why thank you Kim, that was very nice of you to take the time to say this, and I appreciate it :)

Also, don't underestimate what you can achieve with your G-12! Sure, there are certain limitations as to what any P&S can do, but yet in the right light (and with the right composition) you can achieve top results. In fact, here is an article (external link) where the older G-10 actually stood up to a Hasselblad when used in good lighting conditions! So, don't think for a minute that with a litte creativity on your part you can't achieve super images. You can! Matter of fact, another friend of mine won a photo contest with an image he submitted with a G9, just to prove this point to himself :)

Finally, the Giottos tripods are very nice, and I sure do like mine and have gotten some great results with it. However, if you get some bigger equipment on them they can be precarious. I used mine for 3+ years w/ no problem ... but then the screw in the center column broke one day, dumping my 7D and 180mm macro to the ground!

Fortunately, the camera was only about 6" off the ground at the time, and "the ground" happened to be a soft bed of old leaf litter, so I was lucky! But that could have been a $3400 accident to replace. To Giotto's credit, they did replace the ballhead (which had worn out too) as well as the center column ... and they both work excellent now, even with my heavy gear.

But still, I can't get the fact that "this happened" out of the back of my mind, so ultimately I have the intent of getting a better ballhead (RRS BH-55) as well as seeing if there's a way I could get a custom center column put in there, with a much stronger "center screw." I love the design and the functionality of the Giottos, but it still worries me that everything I have is being supported on a so-so center column screw.

So I guess what I am saying is, enjoy your Giottos tripod! But, if you move to heavier equipment, be aware that the center screw to which you affix your ballhead ultimately carries all the weight ... and it may possibly wear-out over time ... or at least mine did.

All the best,

Jack


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Aug 25, 2011 11:39 |  #23

Nice photos!




  
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Aug 25, 2011 14:57 |  #24

John,

In one review I read before I purchased it, the person mentioned they had snapped off the center screw when assembling the unit. I figured they just over tightened it. The fix should be easy... I'll just go to Lowe's and get a correctly threaded headless bolt and re-assemble everything. Stainless should be stronger and Lowe's has these pull out drawers of odd sized, metric, etc odds and ends in their hardware department.

Thanks for the encouragement, btw. I am getting decent macro shots of various things... but I'm still learning.

Kim


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Aug 25, 2011 15:35 |  #25

Great series John!


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Aug 25, 2011 17:08 |  #26

Very nice work!




  
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Aug 27, 2011 08:30 |  #27
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AROSE wrote in post #12997710 (external link)
Nice photos!

Thank you :)

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Phoenixkh wrote in post #12998881 (external link)
John,
In one review I read before I purchased it, the person mentioned they had snapped off the center screw when assembling the unit. I figured they just over tightened it.

Sounds like a recurring problem to keep in mind ...

Phoenixkh wrote in post #12998881 (external link)
John,
The fix should be easy... I'll just go to Lowe's and get a correctly threaded headless bolt and re-assemble everything. Stainless should be stronger and Lowe's has these pull out drawers of odd sized, metric, etc odds and ends in their hardware department.

I think yours is a good idea, except Lowe's carries junk hardware, basically. I know their chains, for example, are frail jokes compared to (say) the kind of heavy-duty transport chain you can procure from a specialty chain vendor. I would imagine that their "crome-covered bolts" would be similar in poor quality to their chains. So I personally would take your good idea to a true hardware specialist, rather than go to a "bubble-gum" hardware shop like Lowe's, and get yourself some kind of heavy-duty magnesium-alloy bolt or something. In fact, I think I might follow your good idea myself :D

Phoenixkh wrote in post #12998881 (external link)
John,
Thanks for the encouragement, btw. I am getting decent macro shots of various things... but I'm still learning.
Kim

My pleasure, Kim, and the truth is we are all forever learning :D

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Great series John!

Thank you!


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progressive.radiosity wrote in post #12999790 (external link)
Very nice work!

Thank you too :)

Jack

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