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Photography Technique / Re: " Back Light Macro Tricks"
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:59:53 AM »
Wow, Beautiful Picture, Dear danski0224.
Thanks for post here to let us see the great picture like this.

I took that one late in the day last fall. Just happened to look down, on my way out, and noticed how the sun was illuminating some leaves. I think it is some sort of ground cover. If not, seedlings that preferred to stay low to the ground :) I'm not a plant expert.

Had to bust out the camera and take a couple of pictures. A couple turned out nicely.

Photography Technique / Re: " Back Light Macro Tricks"
« on: January 27, 2014, 09:22:21 AM »
I can play too :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro and Tripods and offset
« on: January 26, 2014, 09:16:46 AM »
It is very easy to lose sight of the overall cost of things when you just keep adding another piece or two (snip)

Very true.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Freelance gear suggestions?
« on: January 26, 2014, 08:55:36 AM »
Great suggestions for the UWA. Thanks to everyone that contributed. In terms of a general walk around lens (assuming I rent these and have good experiences) would it be unreasonable to go with a 24-70ii instead of a 17-55?

I don't get the hate other have on the 16-35II. When I had a 7D, it was my most used lens.

But, on a 1.6x body, the 16-35 isn't an UWA. It is 25-56.

You need either the Tokina 11-16 or Canon 10-22 for the UWA department. I liked the Tokina, and to some extent, it will work on a FF camera.

The good EF-S lenses have been optimized for the cameras that use them. The 17-55 is an excellent lens and gives a 38-88mm FF equivalent. The 60mm macro will give you a FF 96mm equivalent, and it is very sharp.

Not having a specific timetable for the "FF upgrade" means maybe you shouldn't buy lenses with that in mind, unless they also work on the 1.6x for your uses.

When it comes time to make the FF move, just sell the EF-S stuff and look at it as a rental for the tools that were proper for the job at the time.


Software & Accessories / Re: Macro and Tripods and offset
« on: January 25, 2014, 11:08:13 AM »
I have the same Acratech GP ball head above, but mounted on a Gitzo 2541EX tripod - which is of the explorer arm type.  On top of the ball head I have two RRS macro rails.

That being said, the overwhelming majority of my field macro shots are hand held.

In general though when doing macro on a tripod macro rails are a must.  The RRS ones are very nice for that.  If I had to buy everything again, I would have bought the geared version of my tripod.  While the RRS macro rails allow me to precisely move in the X and Y directions, moving in the Z direction is more difficult to do precisely.

Almost all of my macro stuff has been either handheld or with a monopod. Since getting the monopod, most shots use it in one way or another.

Been putting together tripod parts as I could, and I also have the RRS macro rails. I did find them to be almost invaluable- the small adjustments were key. I could see them being very useful with a focus stacking program.

But, it really takes a lot of time to set up everything, plus the added space requirements. It's fine when no one else is around, but some additional traffic can be an issue.

Gitzo also makes some lateral arms that are useful for macro photography..

Thanks, those look promising too.

I personally use the Manfrotto 190XPROB and think its fantastic for macro work, or any other type of situation where suspending a camera over a (small) object is necessary. It's not horribly expensive either, If you do end up going down the purchase route, I would suggest that one.

It hasn't been ruled out. I may look for a used one, which may be easier to locate than some of the other more specialized pieces of equipment on the used market.

I do prefer twist locks for the legs over clamps or levers though, but at ~$110 USD, it might be worth a shot.

Some of the other bits and pieces, with a couple of needed other bits... it adds up quick.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 90mm macro or Sigma 150 OS?
« on: January 25, 2014, 08:48:13 AM »
A vote for the Sigma 150 here.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best Nikon DF Review! By Fstoppers.
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:30:55 PM »
Around the world turning left :)

Nut room :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro and Tripods and offset
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:52:58 AM »
The RRS bars look interesting.

I'll look at the Manfrotto info, but for now, I'd prefer to not purchase an additional tripod. Adding something to what I have seems more practical and takes up less space.

Software & Accessories / Macro and Tripods and offset
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:36:16 AM »
I started experimenting using an actual tripod instead of a monopd. Truth be told, not a big fan of the process compared to a monopod.

I did find myself wanting a way to hang the camera off to the side because positioning the tripod was not really possible for what I wanted with the stuff in the way on the ground. Not much, but 6 to 12 inches of offset would have helped.

I really wouldn't want to buy a whole new tripod, so is there some sort of attachment that could give me an offset?

Lighting / Re: Looking for a macro ring light for 100mm L
« on: January 19, 2014, 11:35:42 AM »
Yes, it's bulky. But no cords is nice.

Figured it was worth a mention for those that may have the RT stuff to give it a shot vs buying a dedicated macro flash.

Lighting / Re: Looking for a macro ring light for 100mm L
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:24:15 AM »
The F2 looks quite promising, and I like the fact that you can use it with the 600.

I did not think about the convex shapes, so it would be hard no matter what, but at least you can get more pleasing results. 

Again, thank you for your answers :)


The Wimberley F2 pieces are much easier to justify when you think about using them with 2 600EX RT flashes and a ST-E3 controller (or equivalents).

I have a MT24EX only because I got a very good deal on a used one. The new RT stuff sure seems to be a whole lot more useful- if only Canon (or someone else) would release a smaller RT slave compatible flash...

Lighting / Re: Looking for a macro ring light for 100mm L
« on: January 18, 2014, 01:20:13 PM »
Do you know if there are any options where there are two arms? A buying version of the DIY of Surapon. I was thinking today after posting here, that it would be great if one existed with a type of arm like the gorillapod; that are flexible in all directions, but still stiff enough to not move when taking a picture. Straight arms would be a good second.

Wimberley F2 (you need to purchase two- sold singly).

You also need a cold shoe.

Lighting / Re: Looking for a macro ring light for 100mm L
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:49:49 AM »

Is there some sort of quick release clamp being used to attach the Manfrotto 233B to the camera body?

Lenses / Re: TSE + Macro?
« on: January 17, 2014, 07:12:10 AM »
I also have a couple of macro lenses, and I like the Sigma 150mm the best.

I usually use AF, and in my seat of the pants experience, the Sigma focuses faster than the Canon 180mm (probably has to do with how the Sigma lens is classified by the camera compared to the Canon 180). The 150mm focal length is a sweet spot for me- just a little more than the 100mm and closer than the 180mm. The 150mm in the middle seems to make a big difference.

Sometimes, I'd like to get more of the subject in focus without resorting those smaller apertures that also bring more background into focus and it steals light. Focus stacking is an option, but only for still days- and even a tiny breeze messes that up. Then there is the whole tripod thing.

That's why I think I would like a TSE lens with macro capability, probably at least 100mm and 120mm would be even better. That Hartblei 120mm macro would be nifty (I think), but I lack the ~$5k to buy one- being able to rent one would be cool. I also see that Schneider has some top shelf TSE macro lenses.

However, I can round up a 24mm TSEII, a 1.4x and an extension tube to experiment with. The 90mm TSE as mentioned by Neuro could become an option if one came up used for a good price, or maybe Canon has something in the works for release this year.

Lenses / Re: TSE + Macro?
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:42:46 PM »
Dear  danski0224
Yes,  My TS-E 24 mm. F/ 3.5 L MK II is great for Macro Photos too, This Lens have Min. Focus Distant = 0.21 M or 0.69 FT. That great for the Macro of Flowers in this distant. But if you want  more bigger Macro of the Insect, Canon Extension tube EF 12 II is recommend, BUT Canon Co. do not recommend EF 25 II Because the Lens - to-subject distant will be too close.
The Attached Photos are by TS-E 24 mm II( No Extension Tube), Hand Held Shooting.
Ps. Pic. TS-4  is 200% Enlarged and Crop

Nice pictures, Mr Surapon.

I suppose they are more of a "close-up" rather than macro, correct?

I noticed "hand held" above. Do you use the viewfinder or live view? Given your comments in another thread about TSE lenses, I suspect you are proficient in their use :)

What did you use to enlarge the TS-4 photo and then crop it?

Looks like I have to mess around a bit with a TSE lens...

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