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  1. oldandintheway

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    Great article and thread.
    I used to use Marumi and Leica Elpro achromats with stunning results.
    The Elpros can often be bought for a very low price on fleabay.
     
  2. Tintin124

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    Thought I'd better give an update (I've not forgotten just trying to get a reasonable easy way to learn way to do this), I'm in a process of writing a simplified initial post for people who have never done macro which will then lead onto links to other threads with more specific details on the following subjects; NOT IN ORDER

    Exposure
    Technique
    Settings
    Lighting & Setups
    DOF
    Equipment

    LINKS to the other stickies

    anything else anyone thinks would be handy
     
  3. alfbranch

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    How about some examples like this for different set upsshowing what you can use but also how close you need to get and what can be achieved

    Here are some shots of a previous set up.

    This is an Olympus OMD E-M1 (which I still use) and a 4/3 40-150mm zoom (I have a newer smaller version in m4/3)

    Please note that the minimum focus distance of this lens is 1.4 meters

    This set at 150mm with a Raynox DCR 250 fitted and the card shows the minumum focus distance

    [​IMG]at 150 mm with raynox by alf.branch, on Flickr


    This is the same lens at 40mm again the focus distance marked.

    [​IMG]at 40 mm with raynox by alf.branch, on Flickr

    This shot was taken at 150mm with this set up

    [​IMG]Hover-fly by alf.branch, on Flickr

    This was at 134 mm (it is a big ant)

    [​IMG]Ant-Queen by alf.branch, on Flickr


    This was at 40mm

    [​IMG]Ant-Queen-3 by alf.branch, on Flickr
     
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    There will be a setup section though it may be best just to link to show us your macro setup page. But great idea.
     
  5. GardenersHelper

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    Bryn I rather like this guys video on the subject



     
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    An example of different light on a subject.

    Here is a fly taken strong sunlight no diffusers or reflectors (sorry the focus is slightly off) processed from RAW best I could

    [​IMG]Fly with sunlight by Alf Branch, on Flickr

    Here is a shot taken 10 seconds earlier of the same subject with a diffused flash again processed from RAW.

    [​IMG]Fly with flash by Alf Branch, on Flickr
     
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    I was surprised at how many cameras you have Nick :)

    Paul.
     
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    I have watched the first one aly at the moment and I found it really helpful especially the explenation about the position of the Raynox reletive to the camera.

    Thanks a lot for doing that.
     
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    :D

    Handy for demonstrating things though. Well, that's my excuse. Actually, I get to throw out a camera now as the LCD on my SX10 seems to have died. I still have the S3 though.:)
     
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    Thanks Alf. Turns out they are really fun to do. Did another one tonight. :)
    Macro autofocus with a macro lens on a dSLR.
    Bit of a different story with this one.
     
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    And more than a bit misleading I think. I messed up there. I'm working on understanding it better so I can do a follow-up/correction/clarification/admission of ignorance, stupidity, slow on the uptake or whatever.
     
  16. Phiggys

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    I found this post and thought I might as well share with you as someone higher up in the thread stated Macro definition > greater than 1:1 which I thought was entering into micro photography ?
    Some useful info though never the less :)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macro_photography
     
  17. IVN

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    I see a lot of people here use make shift macro gear just like I do. I shoot a lot of macro and yet I don't own a single macro lens. What I do instead is use my Oly 45/1.8 together with two achromatic lenses (Marumi DHG200 and Raynox DCR-250) and FOTGA extension tubes. And if I go out shooting with my Nikon 1 gear, I use my 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens and the two achromatic lenses. You hardly ever need more magnification than either of those combos can deliver.

    Just to show what can be done with either of the two combos. Here are a couple of shots taken with the Oly:

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    And here are a couple taken with the Nikon:

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  18. Pete B

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    Couple of pics of my simple flash setups

    Cut drainpipe that clips into hotshoe with the onboard flash raised with the macro lense


    IMG_0752.jpg



    And a £3.50 diffuser from the bay with the Raynox

    IMG_0753.jpg
     

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