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  1. Since switching from Nikon to Fuji, deciding on a suitable macro lens has been something that I have given a lot of thought to. On the Nikon system I had been using a Tamron SP90 which I have had for over 20 years, so the prospect of finding something new was a challenge. One of the objectives of my move to Fuji was building a compact system, so the size and price of the Fuji 80 macro was off-putting. The Fuji 60 macro was a little more tempting, but only goes to 0.5X. In the end, I decided to give the Laowa a try - it is manual focus only but does go to 2X! So what is it like?
  2. crowecg

    Winter Garden

    A few shots from the garden - that's as far as I can take the camera at the moment. Succulent Going to seed Pea Herb The Nikon D7000/Tamron SP90 combination continues to serve for macro. My current temptation to get a macro capability on the Fuji is Laowa 65 - anyone had any experience with any of their other lenses? Whilst I wait for a local dealer to get stock, I'm also rather tempted by their circular fisheye, which looks quite nicely priced. I suppose I really need to have a day shooting manual focus
  3. Adnan Khan

    Greeting faces

  4. On my seemingly-eternal search for interesting lenses for close-up work I could not help but come across the Schneider Kreuznach Macro Varon 85mm f/4.5 CAS lens, if only because Schneider promotes the Macro Varon all over the place. And that’s a lot of promotion for a lens most photographers have never heard of. Well, I heard about the Macro Varon and searched it down to its price tag of $4500 and that set me back on my heels a bit. I don’t need a new lens THAT much. Well, perhaps a Zeiss Otus or two would be alright. I did make some calls, sent out some email requests and finally
  5. I have been stacking focus for many years now, so I’m no stranger to this technique. And the track of my learning curve (more like a spiral) has been fueled by my using better and better corrected lenses (APO) to enhance the stacking. In other words, the more finely corrected the lenses, the more careful I have to be in stacking, and on around. It’s like a Catch-22. I get lots of emails and messages about my photos. And not infrequently (at least from photographers) is the question as to whether I have tried one of the automated focus rails. In the past, I have taken a certain amou
  6. I have been stacking focus for many years now, so I’m no stranger to this technique. And the track of my learning curve (more like a spiral) has been fueled by my using better and better corrected lenses (APO) to enhance the stacking. In other words, the more finely corrected the lenses, the more careful I have to be in stacking, and on around. It’s like a Catch-22. I get lots of emails and messages about my photos. And not infrequently (at least from photographers) is the question as to whether I have tried one of the automated focus rails. In the past, I have taken a certain amou
  7. Michael Erlewine

    The Schneider Kreuznach Macro Varon 85mm f/4.5

    On my seemingly-eternal search for interesting lenses for close-up work I could not help but come across the Schneider Kreuznach Macro Varon 85mm f/4.5 CAS lens, if only because Schneider promotes the Macro Varon all over the place. And that’s a lot of promotion for a lens most photographers have never heard of. Well, I heard about the Macro Varon and searched it down to its price tag of $4500 and that set me back on my heels a bit. I don’t need a new lens THAT much. Well, perhaps a Zeiss Otus or two would be alright. I did make some calls, sent out some email requests and finally
  8. I am engaged in aquarium photography of small colourful shrimp measuring between 10-20mm in length. With a new camera, the D810, I have tried some slightly different options. One set consists of Nikkor 105mm 4.0 AiS with a K3 ring and an P-Nikkor 105mm 4.0 for bellows, two classics in other words. That solution is quite sharp and the viewfinder is bright so the focus is easy to adjust. The picture of the green shrimp is taken with this combination. ISO 64, 250 / sec. Aperture 16. A working distance of approx. 10cm. The next picture of the red shrimp in the moss is taken with Zeiss
  9. Guest

    Macro Fun With Olympus E-M1

    Over the summer I have been using the 5D-III to shoot a lot of macro. The weight of the big rig can be a tiring experience in the Texas heat. Not to mention, the size can be a detriment when approaching insects. I’ve been working on an illumination strategy for the Olympus EM-1 to better utilize the size (lack thereof) advantage the camera has over the Canon. When I started out I limited its use to tripod work and then graduated to a large diffuser box and flash clamped to the camera via ARCA plates and clamps. This setup defeated the size advantage and just added unneeded weight.
  10. So...Inspired by Michael Erlewine and a few other, I found and purchased a Repro Nikkor 85mm f1.0 lens. I have a Heligon f1.0 lens, but this is a beast of a different color. I tried it out for the first time today, and it is amazing. I can see where selective focus stacking. as Michael does, could produce some tremendous images; however I am typically a grab shooter working outside without a tripod. Well, we'll see where this leads, but I sense enormous possibilities for unique images. Here is my first try--blueberries in my garden at f1.0
  11. BigSkyKen

    Gravitational Defiance

    New member, first post. Excited to find an active photog group that isn't just on Facebook! Shot with a Canon 7D MkII & EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro (Sorry, the image appears to be soft. Will see if there is a thread that suggest settings for higher resolution images on this forum.)
  12. crowecg

    Rainy Day

    It's been a rainy day, so been stuck inside all day. Struggling to find things to photograph, so went small..... First one - have a guess.... Getting to the point and the next: Just Fluff - literally!
  13. Over the summer I have been using the 5D-III to shoot a lot of macro. The weight of the big rig can be a tiring experience in the Texas heat. Not to mention, the size can be a detriment when approaching insects. I’ve been working on an illumination strategy for the Olympus EM-1 to better utilize the size (lack thereof) advantage the camera has over the Canon. When I started out I limited its use to tripod work and then graduated to a large diffuser box and flash clamped to the camera via ARCA plates and clamps. This setup defeated the size advantage and just added unneeded weight.
  14. Marco Lanciani

    Fisheye Macro

    I think it works. It also looks like this lens has a nice bokeh. All images were taken in manual focus, focusing the lens at the closest distance. The petals were touching the front element! D7000 10.5mm 2.8 • 1/2000" 2.8 100 ISO 1 2 D7000 10.5mm 2.8 • 1/1250" 2.8 100 ISO 3
  15. An album of close-up focus-stacking examples. Many hi-res images with text and comments introduce various concepts of focus-stacking, and discuss some of the important lenses used in this technique. The PDF album is here: http://spiritgrooves.libsyn.com/focus-stacking-examples-in-macro-photography
  16. Couldn't resist, Fons. Sorry Bishop of Llandaff, this evening. Just blooming. I wanted to compare the 100/4 and the CRT 55/1.2. Micro Nikkor 105/4 f8 CRT 55/1.2 f8, cropped to similar size, approximately
  17. Only 55 3.5 and M2; 55 3.5 P/M2/extension tube (about3-4cm);
  18. While the majority of my shots are candid, occasionally I do make some planned images as well. Complete visualization is not my forte, I start off with an idea and then play until it develops to a state I like. The following is an example of the process that I go through. I wanted to continue the theme I started last year with the Little Espresso People Calendar and after a long hiatus I finally got my lazy butt moving. Here the idea was to have a model figure climb a sugar cone (of course one of the follow on images will feature a burning sugar cone...). It starts off with a seamles
  19. Jyda

    Diving in

    I've never shot macro before but recently felt the urge to try it out. On Bjørn's (nfoto) recommendation I acquired a very nice Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/4 and had a chance to test it yesterday. I think I'm in love with this lens already. I'm just getting my feet wet in the macro world so these images aren't anything spectacular but I'm having great fun diving in.
  20. Interesting situation on a blue flower I cannot name. This completely albino white spider had just caught a common housefly. I have no idea how, as I could se no web anywhere nearby. Judging by the looks of the spider though, it seems to be a mean hunter. Captured With a Nikon D4, Micro-Nikkor AF-S 105/2,8 at f5 and shutter 1/200th. Hand held.
  21. Astonishing electron-microscope photos. 3-years of work from German photographer Stefan Diller. Thought you'd enjoy... Happy summer, all - s&k Video Overview: Website: http://www.nanoflight.info/index.html Short Article : http://fstoppers.com/video-from-an-electron-microscope-just-made-the-world-cooler
  22. Dallas

    Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro

    If you have used this lens, let others know what you thought of it by rating (and/or) reviewing it in this thread. We will keep the thread as relevant as we can, so expect off-topic entries to be removed.
  23. Guest

    The twoheaded twig

    Playing in the garden can be fun and surprising.
  24. If you have used this lens please share your experiences with other members and guests by voting in the above poll and sharing your thoughts about the lens in this thread. All posts to this thread are screened for relevance before being published. Add sample images to the dedicated gallery for this lens
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