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Photography Technique / Re: Extreme macro question
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:43:20 PM »
.  I think I'm just going to get a $10 reversing ring on Amazon for right now and see how things go.



Be aware that you need the ability to stop a lens down when using a reversing ring, so that limits you to older lenses with manual aperture rings plus a method to stop them down.  I find that a M42 lens with a eos adapter on it can be used with a reverse ring.  The EOS adapter holds the aperture pin in, so that the aperture will stop down.
 

This was taken with a Sigma 105 and a helios 44-4 which is a M42 mount.  I hacked it so that I can always adjust the iris.  Should I stop down the Helios instead of the sigma when shooting?

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Photography Technique / Re: Extreme macro question
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:11:05 PM »
Thanks for all the replies.  Was trying out the same set up again and found that when the sigma body lens was at its minimum focus distance, there was not vignetting.  I think I'm just going to get a $10 reversing ring on Amazon for right now and see how things go.

Double reverse lens macro double stack by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

Shot handheld on Canon 5d mkii with Sigma 105mm macro at f/22, Helios 44-4 reversed in front.  Yongnuo YN-560 ii with Cowboy Studios remote flash triggers for lighting.   Two shots stacked in Photoshop CS6 and tweaked in Lightroom 5.   

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Photography Technique / Extreme macro question
« on: November 22, 2014, 11:36:25 PM »
So I've been using my 5d mkii and sigma 105mm macro for macro photographs but recently, I've found myself wanting to go beyond 1:1.   I know there are many ways to go above 1:1 and I would like a little help on deciding how to do it.  Should I go with extension tubes on my sigma? Should I reverse a prime onto the front of my sigma?  Today I held up my Helios 44m-4 in front of my sigma and got some cool shots.  If I do go with a reverse ring, do I extend one or both of the lenses to their closes focus or do I keep them at infinity?

IMG_1822 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr


IMG_1816 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:42:03 PM »
IMG_9353 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

Proof that sometimes you don't need to shoot wide angle for landscapes.  Shot using the Tamron 150-600mm.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:21:05 PM »
All shot on Canon 5d mkii and Tamron 150-600mm

IMG_1404 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_1202 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_0657 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_0163 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_0144 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr



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I've had the lens since about August 12th, here are some of the shots I've gotten from it with a 5d mkii.  It's not always the fastest focuser but I haven't really had any trouble with it back or front focusing.  Wish it was a bit sharper at 600mm but other than that it has been a great lens.

IMG_9353 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr


IMG_0163 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_9762 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_0657 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_1202 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

Blood Moon Rising over The Bridgers by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_1440 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_1404 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_0133 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_9725 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_9395 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

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Mirror hangs on 5d mkii with 44m-4.  Just my two cents, it really doesn't matter if it hangs, just put a rubber band around the lens mount and screw it onto the adapter.  I used a thin rubber band and it gives it about a finger nails width of room.  I lose infinity focus at f/2 but if I'm going to be shooting close to infinity, I'm going to be using my 50 1.8, the helios is all about the bokeh.  This also lets you focus just a bit closer for even more bokeh. 

Here are some photos I've taken with mine and a couple of tips, while it is super sharp in the center, anything off dead center will be so so.  I don't know if the 7 is multicoated but either way, these lenses like to flare.








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Portrait / Re: Ghost Town Bar Portraits
« on: September 23, 2014, 08:47:51 PM »
Another shot a got




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Portrait / Ghost Town Bar Portraits
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:54:44 PM »
Went to a bar last night where they had some fiddlers playing in the middle of nowhere Montana, I think they turned out really well.  All shot on a Canon 5d Mkii with a Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro.












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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 07, 2014, 07:03:37 PM »
Canon 5d mkii, Tamron 150-600mm all at 600







First try with my new monopod, still trying to get used to it.

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Having owned the 150-500 OS I swore I'd never buy a budget telephoto zoom again. And lets face it even if this Sigma costs 2K its still a budget telephoto zoom in terms of the focal lenght and features you are getting for your money. I will watch this one closely as I expect the image quality of this lens will be very acceptable. I'd like to see how it compares to the 120-300 S+2x both at 600mm and both at F8.
I currently use the Sigma 300+2x which is alright at F8. I would prefer Sigma to update that lens and I hope they do or else a 400 F4 OS would be very sweet.

Here is the tamron 150-600 vs the sigma 120-300.   Tamron is sharper in the center but the sigma is better in the corners.  http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=929&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=5&API=2&LensComp=844&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=7&APIComp=4

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I really hope they are right about the price because if it is anywhere near what the Tamron costs, I will be kicking myself for getting the Tamron. 

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Underwater / Canon S100 underwater questions
« on: July 25, 2014, 07:45:20 PM »
Just ordered an underwater case for my Canon s100, it's a cheap Ebay case and I know, I know, I probably should have ordered some $400 case for a camera that itself is only worth $100.  I really just want to experiment with underwater photography and thought that this would be a good way to start.  I was thinking about lighting with a cheap underwater flashlight because an underwater flash would be to expensive, have any recommendations for flashlights.  Also what filters might I need, I believe the case takes 67mm.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Neewer-Waterproof-Underwater-Camera-Housing-Case-for-Canon-PowerShot-S100-EM-01-/191247208389?pt=US_Camera_Underwater_Housings&hash=item2c8738cfc5

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:38:07 PM »
WOW you already got your hands on the Canon 6D Mark III?

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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:57:44 PM »
Outside of Bozeman Montana, Canon 5d mkii 50mm 1.8ii, iso 3200 8 seconds f/2.2 for the stars, merged with iso 400, f/3.5, 247 seconds.


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