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Nov 04, 2015 11:20 |  #1

Seemed like a spring day when I took this shot of a Hoverfly out at my Mother in Law's farm even though it was late October.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/60, ISO 200) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 37mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX (flash head "A" set as the key and "B" as the fill). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: Shot by bracing my left elbow on my left knee and rocking back and forth like a crazy person to get the focus.

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Stomorhina Lunata Eating Pollen. Technique: It was really windy so I went looking for insects feeding on the flowers in my back yard. A little tricky because I didn't use any bait to slow it down, but the wind was blowing so much that the fly couldn't tell when I grabbed onto the flower's stem.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 37mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX (flash head "A" set as the key and "B" as the fill). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

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Nov 04, 2015 18:28 |  #2

Great set John


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Nov 05, 2015 10:01 |  #3

John, curious why not use the MPE instead of the 60mm + ET? weight?

both great shots :)


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Nov 05, 2015 13:27 |  #4

Warl0rd wrote in post #17773205 (external link)
John, curious why not use the MPE instead of the 60mm + ET? weight?

both great shots :)

Thanks :)

That's exactly it -weight. Plus when I shot the fly I was out trying to mix natural light and flash -I just happened to find the fly feeding in an area that was completely in shade. The EF-S 60mm + 37mm of extension tubes gives me a .6x to 2x range, and now that I have my light sorted I want to shoot in that "space".


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Nov 06, 2015 04:09 |  #5

I see, since I got the MPE I've been keeping my 100mm in the bag, but I do miss being able to shot bellow 1:1, specially since I'm on APS-C.

MPE is awesome when you need to quickly crank up the magnification, but sometimes subject is too big and you're stuck with 1:1

And most of the time I don't get over 2:1 anyway :(

How is working distance with that combo? Does the MT-24EX fits directly on the 60mm?


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Nov 06, 2015 17:43 |  #6

Warl0rd wrote in post #17774064 (external link)
How is working distance with that combo? Does the MT-24EX fits directly on the 60mm?

With the tubes the working distance is short, but that just means that the specular highlights are easier to control. The MT-24EX flash mount fits directly with no converter.


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Nov 06, 2015 17:48 |  #7

For WarlOrd, an example at the .6x end:

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Nov 06, 2015 20:29 |  #8

^^Outstanding!




  
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Nov 06, 2015 23:57 as a reply to  @ BlazinBob's post |  #9

Thanks Bob :)


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Nov 09, 2015 03:39 |  #10

Nice, maybe its time to trade the 100mm for the 60mm :)


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Nov 09, 2015 05:58 |  #11

Warl0rd wrote in post #17777043 (external link)
Nice, maybe its time to trade the 100mm for the 60mm :)

I use to own the old USM version, but I like the 60mm range so much that I didn't bother with the 100mm L IS macro. From yesterday, the result of a field studio setup:

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Nov 09, 2015 10:31 as a reply to  @ Dalantech's post |  #12

Yeah I have the old 100mm USM, but I keep it in my bag since I bought the MPE... perhaps if i trade it for the 60mm I would put it to some use...


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Nov 09, 2015 13:28 |  #13

Warl0rd wrote in post #17777357 (external link)
Yeah I have the old 100mm USM, but I keep it in my bag since I bought the MPE... perhaps if i trade it for the 60mm I would put it to some use...

I sold my 100mm and got my EF-S 60mm back from a friend that wasn't using it.


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