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Edmund's 10X budget objective - Melanostoma sp - Syrphidae

 
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Yawns



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:02 pm    Post subject: Edmund's 10X budget objective - Melanostoma sp - Syrphidae Reply with quote

Few days ago I asked for help about an affordable 10X finite here https://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36036&highlight=

thank you for all that replied and tried to help.

I got the Edmund's Nikon 10x 0,25 (Still waiting for Bausch & Lomb)
The listed price in the European site is 89€ .. but the final bill was 140€ Shocked after shipment by UPS and the VAT... be careful if you buy a "Mitty" there .. VAT is not included ( I pay 23%)

So here is my first decent result after a 3-4 quite disappointing experiments (my fault,... )

I'm very happy .. exactly what I was looking for and suits me very well (I'm realistic about my budget...)

Thank you all who helped...
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- Mind you it's used at almost half of the native optimal magnification.
- Mind you this is a budget ACHRO objective, costing at least 6-8X less than an APO or Fluorite.
- Mind you the subject is difficult .. the animal is golden plated .. not yellow or textured like normal flies do. Even the face is golden, not the usual white.

On Flickr the picture expands to full size.


Melanostoma sp - Syrphidae - Diptera by Antonio Caseiro, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/HKxgTp

Melanostoma sp - Syrphidae - Diptera
Pulling down the 10X Edmund's Nikon to 6,5X
This is a tricky one.. the animal is golden plated.. not yellow... even the head is golden.
Melanostoma sp - Syrphidae - Diptera
Mag - 6,5: 1
Edmund Optics Nikon 10X 0,25 160/- Finite Conjugate
40 mm of tubes + 6 mm adapter rings
230 exposures at 1/160 seconds - Iso 100
Effective aperture equivalent to f/13
Steps of 8 micron between frames
Manual rail Manfrotto 454
Custom Camera settings:
Nikon D5100
Live view
Exposure delay
Minimum Sharp
Minimum Contrast
Minimum saturation
Minimum Hue
Auto balance: Flash.
Lighting : Flashes (Pictures in the comments)
3 flashes manual mode Sides at 1/128 ; Top at 1/64
1 layers of yogurt thin plastic bottle (family size 750ml)
1 Table Tennis ball
Helicon focus Pyramid (c) - Adobe Camera Raw - Photoshop
Portugal, 19th of December 2017


DSC_0001 by Antonio Caseiro, on Flickr


DSC_0002 by Antonio Caseiro, on Flickr


DSC_0004 by Antonio Caseiro, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A decent objective in good hands does wonders...better than a Mitty in bad ones Very Happy
Congratulations
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great shot Yawns and thanks for all the information. I have been considering this lens plus the 5x.
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