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#1 MarkM

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:27 PM

I was all set to post my recent honey bee pic, but then I saw Jonny's fantastically detailed image and realize I have a long way to go. But, I'm still posting my effort for your C&C. It ended up more about the blossom than the bee!

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:58 AM

It's a bee-utiful shot :).  Nice blossom and a nice bee.  It looks like you caught its bee-hind with the focus ;) .  They're fun to shoot - keep doing it!  Get a cheap set of extension tubes and slap them on that 24-70!  They're tough little buggers to get a good focal bead on, but I really enjoy it.  They don't sit still for long.  Thanks Mark - keep em coming!  


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:07 AM

Ditto on that which Jonny typed, I have not taken many close ups the best I could do was with my 50mm, until I bought some extension tubes which open up a whole new look on things around you...(-:  I bought the tubes that had electrical connections to allow aspects of the lens to function, still not used them much YET..(-: 



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 08:54 AM

My comments aren't supposed to be "waspish" even though they're a bit "bumbling". (Take that Jonny ;) )

Very nice Mark. The bee is nice and detailed and the yellow flower screams "summer" !

Nice boheh.  Those extension rings that Jonny mentioned are worth the small cost



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:32 AM

Thanks fellas. I hadn't considered extension tubes before! More gear...yay!
Any particular brands I should look into? At B&H it looks like Vello has manual ones for $20 USD, with auto tubes 4x that amount. This set of 3 Auto tubes from Vello looks promising??
http://www.bhphotovi...duct/787224-REG

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:48 AM

Mark, as I typed previously I have not done much macro though re the auto tubes, that is what I have though auto focus may be one auto aspect that is perhaps not too important as just moving yourself/camera by a VERY small distance you can adjust the minimal point of focus/DOF  though if your lens electro operated aperture that may be important.... I would research a bit before splashing the cash. (-:



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:12 AM

Thanks Geedee.  That's a good point about just moving my feet a little bit to get into focus, instead of AF on the tube. 

B&H reviewers talk about not being able to change the aperture, which does seem to be perhaps a more important factor in order to ensure the amount of bokeh (which I love to include!)

Kenko has a trio of tubes (12-20-36mm) for $125 USD that gets maybe the best overall reviews (for my Nikon full frame), although that's pushing it from Jonny's suggestion for a "cheap set"!  



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:36 AM

Hay Mark.

I got a three piece set off Amazon.

Brand is Meike.  12/20/36mm.

Chinese made

The have a website www.mkgrip.com

They have contacts and metal mounts so the auto focus works.

Aperture also works

They work well at 105mm on my Sigma 24-105 f4

 

I'm pretty sure they didn't cost anything near 125 wingwangs

Maybe $30-$35 or there abouts.

I see the Kenko for £100 ($130) which is bonkers


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:12 PM

Thanks for the tip, Rod.  I'll look into those Meike sets.  (And exactly which sovereignty uses "wingwangs" as its currency?  I might like to retire there!) ;)

 

It's exciting to be able to get closer-in shots at a fraction of the cost of a true macro lens.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:25 PM

Its a Eutopian workers paradise ;)

The unit of measurement is "the shedload", all the women look like Chelsea and everything is in perfect focus B)


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:37 PM

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:31 PM

Can I get 1:1 with extension tubes? Or, is a macro lens required for true 1:1? Thanks.

 

I need to learn more about extension tubes. My quest begins.

 

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:44 AM

I'd get the ones that are designed to operate with the electronics on your camera.  Moving back and forth can get old quickly.  Your focal range will be limited; for example you may be able to focus between 18" and 36", but the AF will function within that range.  I have the Kenko; but I got them in China, and I am not real sure that anything was available for micro four thirds here at that time.  

 

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