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    Re: The Weekly Close Up...15/2009...POST YOURS

    Hey Jim...These are incredibly crisp.
    If you don't mind my asking your tricks of the trade...
    What F stop are you using for these shots? I would assume a fairly small one because the depth of field is fairly large for a macro lens.
    Also, how far away are you with your 50mm to get these shots?
    Oh...and do you have a ring flash around the lens? What kind of lighting system are you using?
    Thanks mate.
    Pete

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    Re: The Weekly Close Up...15/2009...POST YOURS

    Whoops,
    I meant large F stop...small aperture.

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    Re: The Weekly Close Up...15/2009...POST YOURS

    Thank you for posting...
    I have been looking at getting a macro lens soon ... ish. When money permits and I was tossing up between the 35 and the 50 (Obviously) and I think these shots have helped me decide. Not only is the 50 a much sharper lens (the 35 is still amazing) but the 50 also is a bit more practical for portraiture and stuff.
    Thanks for your help...even though it may have been inadvertant.

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    Re: The Weekly Close Up...15/2009...POST YOURS

    HI Pete

    Sorry I haven't replied sooner but I haven't been on the forums much.

    Ill see if I can't answer a few questions.

    F stop is alway up around f 22 ( f 11 since Im using a EC 20)

    I use a SRF-11 Oly ring flash on the 50mm set up. My own foam ring flash on the 35mm.

    I use a mono pod cocked forward to control back and forth movement or go it hand held.

    working distance is usually a few inches on the 50mm and 1 inch on the 35mm.

    I rarely use AF, instead I set the focus to the spot I want and rock back and forth a bit to get just what I want in focus. I do this with the shutter half pressed so as soon as I get what I want the shot is fast.

    On windy days or with maoving bugs, I use fast shutter speeds but these leave the BG dark as there is nothing for the flash to bounce off of. On calm days, I lower the speed to allow the ambient light in brightening the BG.

    I use the natural settings on both the 330 and E 3 and adjust in Oly master after. This means a small bit of saturation and contrast. I do sharpen 1 click of sharpness, maybe 2 if needed. I also add 1 click after resizing to compensate.

    I dont really feel the 50mm is all that much sharper than the 35mm. More contrasty yes but the ability of the 35 mm to remain sharp and retain detail while on the EC 20 and at f 22 is simply amazing. Especially for the price, it is the best bang for the buck in the line up.

    That's all I can think of right now. Getting that close to live insects is different for each person and each bug too.

    Hope it helps, look forward to some images from you soon.

    Jim

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