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Stacks with Nikon CFI BE Plan Achromat 4x on 70-200mm: 200mm

 
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Bill Eldridge



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:51 pm    Post subject: Stacks with Nikon CFI BE Plan Achromat 4x on 70-200mm: 200mm Reply with quote

All images were shot using a Canon 60D at ISO 100, with a manually-focused focus block moving the subject under LED lighting.
The captures were slab-scripted with Bugslabber and stacked in Zerene Stacker.


Stink bug, 343-image stack, 1/4 sec.


Small alligator clip, 160-image stack, 1/13th sec.


Spring-clip tweezers, 189-image stack, 1/6th sec.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice images Bill
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uhhh. Very nice. Such crisp detail. Love #1.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm finding the alligator clip quite intimidating.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great work!

The LED lighting is convincing. Did you encounter vibration problems with the continuous lighting?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful work! Can I ask what LED lighting equipment you were using?
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Bill Eldridge



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, everyone.

Yes, that alligator is ferocious.

Lights: a pair of the ubiquitous Ikeas, sometimes supplemented with LED flashlights.

Carmen, these images seem fairly sharp, so I must have vibration fairly much under control (sandbags, etc.). I posted the exposure times because these are
in the danger zone, and an elsewhere-noted issue with the Canon 60D seems not to be a problem at 4x. Before I move up from 4x and 5x I'll be building a
more permanent rig, somewhat heavy and floating on go-cart inner tubes as described in Lefkowitz's Manual of Close-Up Photography.

But a key source of vibration I will no longer have to control is myself. Manual focusing is for the birds -- I shot these on a temporary rig on a hardwood floor
and had to sit perfectly still for the settle time after advancing the focus for each shot. This gets tiresome after the first few frames!

After daydreaming about having the time to build a DIY Arduino stacking controller, I've broken down and bought a Stackshot controller and motor to hook up
as shown here. I'm looking forward to starting a stack and leaving the room.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the spring clip tweezers win. Congratulations.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! An unexpected honor for a relative newbie.
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Much is expected of you now. Smile
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