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allan_j



Joined: 29 Jun 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: new member from balloch scotland Reply with quote

Hello all, another newbie to the site.
My interest in photography started as a kid. In the last few years I have really taken to photography doing the landscape, seascapes and photographing anything that moved thing,
Macro photography interested me greatly.
I started taking flower shots with my macro lens which is a sigma 105mm macro, over the last few months I,ve been looking at epz and flicker websites and seen amazing macro shots of bug and insects I would love to learn how to photograph those kind off subjects I,ve managed to order a canon MP-E 65mm F2.8 macro lens which will be the last lens I will buy ( I said that last year when I bought my zoom lens)
I would be grateful for any advice and tips

kind regards allan_j
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rjlittlefield
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

allen_j, welcome aboard. Very Happy We have been remiss in not welcoming you sooner!

No doubt you'll have fun with that MP-E 65, but you're going to find it challenging as well. At higher magnifications, depth of field (DOF) gets paper-thin. It will help a lot to stay stopped down to f/11 or so, and that will require some added light or you'll run into motion blur.

What sort of flash units did you plan on using with that MP-E 65?

--Rik
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Harold Gough



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Location: Reading, Berkshire, England

PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:27 pm    Post subject: Re: new member from balloch scotland Reply with quote

It's good to see you here.
allan_j wrote:
....lens which will be the last lens I will buy ( I said that last year when I bought my zoom lens)

I said that this week too, days before PayPay offered free points on future eBay purchases! (In my case it was an X-Pan 30mm, leaving me virtually penniless anyway).

Harold
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allan_j



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello rik and harold
hopefully i will get great shots with the canon mpe macro lens the kit i have is a canon 300d also canon 5d also a canon 580ex flash unit and a sigma macro ring flash plus various lens i did,nt get the nick name mr pilkington for nothing from the members of helensburgh camera club :-) tripod is a benbo which is old faithfull i must admit stumped and this will be a learning curve for me so one step at a time .....

regards john allan.....
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puzzledpaul



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard allan_j

You've certainly got some good gear for getting decent shots with ... although am not familiar with the sigma ring flash.

I've been using a 550ex with my mpe since getting it about 18months ago ... have you considered / are you intending using your 580 (with macro arm) as well as the sigma flash?

Certainly be interested in seeing results from the 5D / mpe combo... as I was sniffing around a cosmetically challenged (hence cheap(er)) used 5D a couple of weeks ago - but eventually didn't go ahead.

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allan_j



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi paul

regarding your question about the flash i am am not sure it will be a learning curve, although i had good results with my 580ex flash unit with a sigma 105mm macro lens at a butter fly place in edinburgh last year i will be keeping the ring flash on full auto for a while to see what results i get now to find some critters to photograph

regards john allan
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Harold Gough



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

allan_j wrote:
i will be keeping the ring flash on full auto for a while to see what results i get


John,

Not knowing your level of experience wirth auto flash, I just wanted to remind you that you will need to use compensation factors for light (e.g. white) or dark subjects. That should do it, if your subject fill most of the frame.

Harold
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hya Alan. You're not dalantech on deviant art by any chance?
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