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Just starting Macros - First examples.
« on: July 24, 2013, 11:40:35 AM »
I just started yesterday and have a lot to learn. I started with a fly as I have read on here. I'll post more as I get some.
Thanks,

7D Canon 100 2.8 Macro.
At some point I my have to get the L version as I see IS being needed for this stuff.

100% crop on the Fly.

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Just starting Macros - First examples.
« on: July 24, 2013, 11:40:35 AM »

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Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2013, 11:58:07 AM »
Hey Scott, very nicely done ! I see the 7D did a great job with that one  :D keep them coming mate !!!
Best of luck with your venture in the macro world  ;D

Ant

P.s really looking forward for more ! And as i mentioned earlier on my posts, dont be afraid to get dirty  ;)

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2013, 12:49:43 PM »
How to you get a fly to pose? The 100L is great for handheld casual use, I love mine,  but for the image you posted, a MPE-65 would be a good or maybe better choice since it will do 5X life size.  They do appear in the canon refurb store occasionally. 

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2013, 01:07:21 PM »
Good macro shot! If you are into macros, you can get extension tubes. I got myself a set of 3 Kenko tubes.

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Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2013, 02:36:41 PM »
Thanks for the replies all.
This one came out pretty good yea Ant. Most of them however are out of focus pretty good.
I'm not sure what is happening. Its in focus through the view finder but when I look at the file its not in focus.

The Kenko tube u mean is Kenko Macro Automatic Extension Tube Set DG for Canon EOS on amazon?
I am not familiar with them.

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And yes Mt. I find that a fly will pose as long as you are still haha.
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2013, 08:16:58 PM »
Thanks for the replies all.
This one came out pretty good yea Ant. Most of them however are out of focus pretty good.
I'm not sure what is happening. Its in focus through the view finder but when I look at the file its not in focus.

The Kenko tube u mean is Kenko Macro Automatic Extension Tube Set DG for Canon EOS on amazon?
I am not familiar with them.

Scott

And yes Mt. I find that a fly will pose as long as you are still haha.
Yup. http://www.amazon.com/Kenko-Macro-Automatic-Extension-Canon/dp/B000U8Y88M

Allows you to get closer to the subject than the min focusing distance of the lens. Eats a bit of light though...

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Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2013, 09:32:39 PM »
Very nice.

I just started yesterday and have a lot to learn. I started with a fly as I have read on here. I'll post more as I get some.
Thanks,

7D Canon 100 2.8 Macro.
At some point I my have to get the L version as I see IS being needed for this stuff.

100% crop on the Fly.

Scott
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2013, 09:50:18 PM »
I use a 25mm Kenko tube on my 50 1.8 and it gets great results. The problem with extension tubes is while they work great to get a smaller minimum focal distance, they limit the total focus range A LOT.

my 50mm 1.8 only has a total of about 3" focus travel with the 25mm tube on.   On my 17-70 the subject was touching the filter and still not quite close enough to focus. On my 70-300 the min focus distance was about 3 feet, and the max was around 5 feet, that was pretty much useless! But on my 50mm I LOVE it.
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2013, 09:53:27 PM »
Thanks for the replies all.
This one came out pretty good yea Ant. Most of them however are out of focus pretty good.
I'm not sure what is happening. Its in focus through the view finder but when I look at the file its not in focus.

The Kenko tube u mean is Kenko Macro Automatic Extension Tube Set DG for Canon EOS on amazon?
I am not familiar with them.

Scott
 
 


And yes Mt. I find that a fly will pose as long as you are still haha.

I'd use live view for focusing, I can't do a good job of focusing thru the viewfinder.
 
For very small objects, and when using extension tubes in particular, consider use of a focus rail mounted to their tripod head.  This moves the entire camera toward or away from the subject in fine increments.  They often include a feature to move side to side as well.
 
Here is a link to a cheap one that might be ok for a starter.  Like all things photographic, the price goes up very fast as you get a little improvement in quality.
http://www.amazon.com/Macro-Focusing-Slider-Close-up-Shooting/dp/B009SJ7UWU/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1374716571&sr=8-5&keywords=focus+rail

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Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2013, 10:33:37 PM »
I just started yesterday and have a lot to learn. I started with a fly as I have read on here. I'll post more as I get some.
Thanks,

7D Canon 100 2.8 Macro.
At some point I my have to get the L version as I see IS being needed for this stuff.

100% crop on the Fly.

Scott

Nicely done!  If I may suggest, I think proper lighting is more of a requirement than getting the L version of your lens since optically, they're almost the same.  With proper lighting, like MT 24EX or equivalent, you'll be able to significantly raise your shutter speed and get better colors.  I'm also a newbie at macro photography but I think you'll agree with me that colors become more vibrant with good flash.  I'm still very new at this so please forgive me if it's still imperfect...  (not yet well diffused).  See sample below:




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Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2013, 12:17:10 AM »
Really good photo for just starting out in macro.  Well done.

As was previously stated, IS doesn't help that much for many macro shots (eg you're limited by shallow dof / movement in camera, or subject.  I have used the 100mm L USM IS, but to save quite a few hundred dollars at time of purchase, I went with the 100mm USM - which optically is basically identical to the L.

Using a tripod, and flash - can be important for various macro shots.

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Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2013, 12:41:18 AM »
Well done - keep practicing and enjoy.

I've owned both the IS and non IS version of the EF100 2.8 - optically they are very similar.

Attached pic was taken with a 5d III + EF100 2.8 hand held with on-camera diffused flash.

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Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2013, 01:41:40 AM »
Scot you will need to do macro work on tripod eventually if you want to be serious about it.
Focus stacking, long shutter because of small f stops mandate that. So IS is not so important in my opinion.
visit Juza photo for excellent macro references and techniques.
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« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2013, 01:41:40 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2013, 02:02:16 PM »
Well done - keep practicing and enjoy.

I've owned both the IS and non IS version of the EF100 2.8 - optically they are very similar.

Attached pic was taken with a 5d III + EF100 2.8 hand held with on-camera diffused flash.

Cheers
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Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2013, 02:32:46 PM »
Thanks for the replies all.
This one came out pretty good yea Ant. Most of them however are out of focus pretty good.
I'm not sure what is happening. Its in focus through the view finder but when I look at the file its not in focus.

The Kenko tube u mean is Kenko Macro Automatic Extension Tube Set DG for Canon EOS on amazon?
I am not familiar with them.

Scott

And yes Mt. I find that a fly will pose as long as you are still haha.
Yup. http://www.amazon.com/Kenko-Macro-Automatic-Extension-Canon/dp/B000U8Y88M

Allows you to get closer to the subject than the min focusing distance of the lens. Eats a bit of light though...

Well done Scott!

Do these Kenko work with my 100L also, and can they be stacked; and if so will it mess with AF and exif data? :)
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