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C.J. ­ Chiasson
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Sep 29, 2012 13:42 |  #1

I've been messing around with my macro lens for a little while now. I've mostly been toying with the lighting. These are the first ones I've gotten that came out pretty decent. I'm learning that it's sometimes easier to use my thumbs as support and move the camera slightly forward and backwards vs. manual focus. I think I'm starting to get the hang of the focusing part. The lighting is still proving challenging. I'm not a big fan of the composition in the first shot, but the fly was in focus and the lighting was good. I'd really like to get a MP-E 65 one day, but I'm considering some Kenko extension tubes in the mean time. Thoughts?

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Sep 29, 2012 15:49 |  #2

Nice captures.


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Sep 29, 2012 16:29 |  #3

Personally, I only use the focus ring to quickly frame and compose the shot, pull back slightly then slowly lean forward until I hit the sweet spot. It can be a bit frustrating at times but after a bit of practice it becomes easier.

I would concentrate with your macro lens before adding any tubes.


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Sep 29, 2012 16:37 |  #4

Thanks Bas.

@Lad, I think you're right. Still trying to get the hang of it. I just really wanted to get in closer to the subject. I think my biggest problem right now is finding time to get out there and shoot.


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Sep 29, 2012 18:43 |  #5

what george said.
get your focusing technique down manually,before adding anything,or buying an MPE


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Sep 29, 2012 18:48 |  #6

Thanks for the feedback and tips guys. Looks like I need some more trigger time as it were.


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Sep 30, 2012 04:25 |  #7

The most important thing (usually) is the eye. Try to get the closest eye to you in focus. In the two images above, I was immediately drawn to the mid-section of the fly due to the focal point. It just takes patience, you'll get it :)


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Sep 30, 2012 05:57 |  #8

Good start,well done.


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