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Couple of nice damselfly's
« on: June 10, 2012, 11:42:41 PM »
I shot these photos this weekend.  If you look at the second photo you'll notice a fly in the damselfly's mouth.
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Re: Couple of nice damselfly's
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2012, 07:56:02 AM »
Awesome shots!  Good focus, I like the blue on the top fly but I prefer the bottom shot because more of the fly has the leaf as the BG, making it easier to focus on the subject.
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Re: Couple of nice damselfly's
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2012, 08:46:28 AM »
Great shots!  Love the eletric blue of the top one...

I have yet to get good shots of damselflies, but here's one I like of their dragonfly relatives.

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Re: Couple of nice damselfly's
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2012, 08:51:24 AM »
Great shots...  the first one really pops.

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2012, 12:02:57 PM »
Great shots!  Love the eletric blue of the top one...

I have yet to get good shots of damselflies, but here's one I like of their dragonfly relatives.

"Look Out Below!"


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Shutter speed is perfect.  You see movement in the wings.

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2012, 02:22:31 PM »
Superb color & sharpness. I do not own a macro lens... yet, but am thinking of getting one soon, instead I just use my standard zoom

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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2012, 02:26:40 PM »
Superb color & sharpness. I do not own a macro lens... yet, but am thinking of getting one soon, instead I just use my standard zoom

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=7248.0

Well...the 24-70mm has among the highest native maximum magnifications of any non-macro lens...   :)
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2012, 02:43:55 PM »
Really nice photo's, I struggled to get close to a dragon fly surveying my pool as a possible egg laying site, hence its a bit overcropped, you never have the right lens when you really need it.
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Re: Couple of nice damselfly's
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2012, 03:43:03 PM »
That's a real cool shot neuroanatomist.  I need some experience with motion shots....you've inspired me.  ;)
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Re: Couple of nice damselfly's
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2012, 04:02:10 PM »
Well...the 24-70mm has among the highest native maximum magnifications of any non-macro lens...   :)

... even slightly better than the 300mm f/4L IS...


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Re: Couple of nice damselfly's
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2012, 04:02:38 PM »
That's a real cool shot neuroanatomist.  I need some experience with motion shots....you've inspired me.  ;)

Thanks!

The cool thing about dragonflies is that they are wait-and-pounce hunters, so they will find a perch and sit for a while, then fly, then return to that same perch.  So, you set up your tripod, focus, and wait...then SHOOT.
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Re: Couple of nice damselfly's
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2012, 06:07:02 PM »
Great shots guys, neuroanatomist you have captured a great moment there!

Here is one of mine, shot on my 50d with the Canon 60mm Macro and a home made flash diffuser. You have to get really close with a 60mm lens, ninja creeping skills are needed!


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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2012, 07:12:32 PM »
Wow! Great shot...from only 1-foot away too, amazing it didn't fly away. It seems those macro lenses really do the job. 

@ jimmy156 what made you opt for the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 over the 50mm f/2.5? was just the extra reach?

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Re: Couple of nice damselfly's
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2012, 07:33:24 PM »
Actually, on a 1.6x crop body (like the 50D), the EF 50 f/2.5 would have an equivalent focal length of 80mm, which would give it more "reach" than the EF-S 60mm.

Ummm...actually, no.  Not only no, but NO

I suspect you are suffering from a (rather common) misconception, that EF-S lenses have a focal length that is somehow 'adjusted' for an APS-C sensor.  That is not the case.  Focal length, by definition, is the physical distance from the rear nodal point of a lens to the image plane.  In other words, a lens marked 50mm has a focal length of 50mm, and a lens marked 60mm has a focal length of 60mm (ignoring focus breathing) - regardless of the size of the sensor behind that lens, or even whether there is a camera there at all.  Focal length is focal length - it's an intrinsic property of a lens.  Canon made a 60mm lens with a focal length of 60mm, they didn't make a lens with a focal length of 37.5mm then lie and print 60mm on the barrel. 

So...the EF-S 60mm will have more 'reach' than the EF 50mm (10mm more reach, to be exact) regardless of the  camera on which it's mounted.  The EF 50mm delivers a FF-equivalent AoV of 80mm on 1.6x, and the EF-S 60mm gives a FF-equivalent AoV of 96mm on 1.6x.  It's just that EF-S lenses can only mount on APS-C bodies, whereas EF lenses can mount on any body.
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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2012, 07:47:36 PM »
Neuro, it is just that the EF-S 60mm has a quoted max. magnification of 1.0x whereas the cheaper EF 50mm f/2.5 has a figure of 0.5x (so I guess we should just use the reciprocal values i.e. 50mm macro has a max reproduction ratio of 1:2 whilst the EF-S 60 enjoys 1:1)

Looking at the prices, obviously the EF-S 60mm has USM with FTM override, but the cheaper 50 f/2.5 doesn't. So fast AF is probably why jimmy156 prefers that particular lens on his crop body (very similar to 100mm macro on FF), plus the 60mm has the edge on the min focus distance too - by a whisker

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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2012, 07:47:36 PM »