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Old 07-06-2014, 07:06 PM   #1541
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What lens / settings do you guys and girls use for your macro shots?
Right now I only have the 85mm DX macro lens since I wasn't sure how much I would use it. My next lens purchase may well be the Nikon 200mm macro.

If possible and using ambient light I use a tripod. With flash of course it doesn't matter unless I'm planning on using the images in layers.

As to what settings that depends on how much depth of field I want. The difference can be dramatic. The first image is 1/3 sec. at f3.8 and the second is 20 seconds at f36.
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Right now I only have the 85mm DX macro lens since I wasn't sure how much I would use it. My next lens purchase may well be the Nikon 200mm macro.

If possible and using ambient light I use a tripod. With flash of course it doesn't matter unless I'm planning on using the images in layers.

As to what settings that depends on how much depth of field I want. The difference can be dramatic. The first image is 1/3 sec. at f3.8 and the second is 20 seconds at f36.

Thanks for the info Walt. That sums it up nicely. I may have to look into a macro lens.


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And thanks to ItDontMeanAThing, Mr. Paul and Walt on cleaning the sensor info!


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It was nearly 3 years of heavy use before I cleaned the sensor on my Canon for the first time. Then, 6 months later for the next cleaning. I too use the Copper Hill kit and love it. The cheap illuminated viewer to directly view the sensor is great.

In my experience nothing screams "clean your sensor" like using silver efx pro on an image with dust spots.

I've had the D200 for about ten years, give or take, and never cleaned the sensor before. It just got bad enough to show up on the photos...



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This is what the sensor looked like. It's perfectly clean now.


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Whoa! - thanks for posting the pic Seraphim. Now I know what to look for
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Tried a macro with my 35 mm prime lens

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And a shot from yesterday's kayak outing

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And a shot from yesterday's kayak outing
I always like those "mother duck & ducklings" shots no matter where.

Hot & muggy today so shot some downstairs in my lavishly equipped studio. A card table, two umbrellas three light stands and a reflector. The first one I did yesterday on the back porch but light was fading.
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Nice flower shots Walt! And indoors? I hope they're container plants and you didn't uproot your flower garden for a photo shoot.
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Nice flower shots Walt! And indoors? I hope they're container plants and you didn't uproot your flower garden for a photo shoot.
DW would have my hide if I did that! Yes they are potted plants, got them yesterday.

Two more taken on the back porch this afternoon after I had to shut down the computer for a thunderstorm. They did get wet but I sprayed them again.

Flowers are good photo subjects. They don't care how their hair looks, they don't need makeup (other than perhaps a water spray) they're easy to schedule, they don't fidget, and they don't complain about how long it takes. Oh, and they work for free.
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And a shot from yesterday's kayak outing
The colors, ripples, textures and lighting on the water transformed an ordinary well executed line of ducklings shot into Wow. Well done.
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Try using glycerine rather than water - or a mixture - to spray on objects for the look of dew.


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Try using glycerine rather than water - or a mixture - to spray on objects for the look of dew.
Yeah, I've been meaning to do that. I forgot to put it on the list even though I was at the grocery store this morning.

And if it ain't on the list I don't buy it. Kinda one-track mind that way and it was an expensive series of lessons to learn to stick to the list.
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The colors, ripples, textures and lighting on the water transformed an ordinary well executed line of ducklings shot into Wow. Well done.
Thanks -The lake was unusually calm and I had decent lighting from behind me.
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Playing around with some old shots in Silver Efex Pro
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Last photo taken with my now dead D200... it went for a swim in the lake. Good excuse for that new camera I've been wanting, but I'm miffed it took A full frame telephoto lens with it...

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