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Marcus
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New Member - Marcus from Australia

Post by Marcus »

Hi everyone,

I am a new member from Perth, Western Australia.

I had my first try at macro today using just my Olympus C5050z camera in my backyard. I just purchased a Canon T90 on ebay so I am hoping to get a half decent macro setup for that.

This first pic is of a bug I found, unfortunately it has been windy here which made maintaining focus really hard. I was trying to focus on his head but kept getting his backside.

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focal length 12mm, F4, exposure 1/160sec, ISO 64. Olympus C5050z


This next pic is of an infested lemon on my lemon tree.
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focal length 12mm, F8, exposure 1/400sec, ISO 64

I have really enjoyed this forum and hopefully after some more practice I can start capturing some images like the ones I have seen on here.

Cheers,

Marcus[/img]

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Post by Mike B in OKlahoma »

Hi Marcus, the "infested" shot is very interesting.

Welcome!
Mike Broderick
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Post by rjlittlefield »

Marcus, welcome aboard! :D

These are good first macros. I agree with Mike that the second shot is most interesting. That's a pretty intense infestation of mealy bugs!

Canon T90, eh? That's a film camera, I believe. Any particular reason to have gone film instead of digital? What macro optics are you thinking to put on it?

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Yes, the T90 is film. I cant really afford the dSLR setup I want at the moment so I thought I would get a good but cheap 35mm until then. I am keeping my eyes open for a Canon FD mount macro lens and extension tube.

I have always used digital so I guess I wanted to go back to basics and use a manual focus SLR without relying on an LCD preview and histogram etc. I think this will allow me to understand and appreciate the art and science behind photography much more.

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Post by MacroLuv »

Welcome Marcus! :D
Nice photographs. I hope you have a scanner also because we want to see your Canon T90 film photos as well. :wink:
The meaning of beauty is in sharing with others.

P.S.
Noticing of my "a" and "the" and other grammar
errors are welcome. :D

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Post by crocoite »

Hi Marcus - welcome to another Aussie...

Hope to see some closeups of the wonderful Western Australian wildflowers (although that probably won't be until next Spring of course!).

I've had a few trips over there and enjoyed every moment.

Regards
Steve in Tasmania

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Marcus wrote:Yes, the T90 is film. I cant really afford the dSLR setup I want at the moment so I thought I would get a good but cheap 35mm until then. I am keeping my eyes open for a Canon FD mount macro lens and extension tube.

I have always used digital so I guess I wanted to go back to basics and use a manual focus SLR without relying on an LCD preview and histogram etc. I think this will allow me to understand and appreciate the art and science behind photography much more.
I'll be interested to hear how that works out.

I came up through film, 40+ years ago. Shot almost entirely film until a couple of years ago when I bought a DSLR (Canon 300D). Now I shoot entirely digital and hope I don't ever have to go back.

It's an interesting question what you'll learn using film, that you would not learn using digital. Digital has the advantage of a lot shorter time between shutter click and having an image to evaluate. That enables doing a lot more experiments to narrow in on what matters, what doesn't. On the other hand, it can also promote an approach of "Just try it, don't think about it." With film, you're pretty much forced to think carefully about what you're doing because of the long delay and high cost per frame.

Trying to think carefully about the general question, I realize that I don't have a clue what the answer is.

Maybe you can tell us? Post a note from time to time, let us know what's going on and what insights you've gotten from film that might have been delayed or obscured by digital? I know that I'd appreciate it, maybe some other folks would too!

--Rik

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Post by Ken Ramos »

Yes indeed welcome to the forums Marcus, the ants seem to be tending the mealy bugs quite nicely, hoping for some honeydew of course. I used to shoot film also many many years ago using a Contax SLR and a Yashica Electro 35 GSN rangefinder both were excellent film camera and I wish like crazy I still had them both. :D

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Post by puzzledpaul »

Also welcome, Marcus and best of luck with the T90 - what I used to use before going digital (about 3yrs or so, with slr) and very much enjoyed using it ... still got it, but haven't used it since.

As regards getting a decent macro lens to go with it - then it might be of interest to you know that almost all the macro shots I've taken this yr have been done with FD macro lenses on a Canon 10D (with home-made EOS/FD converter) - so whatever you buy doesn't necessarily become useless when you get a digital slr :)

Use Canon 200mm F4 macro mainly + Tamron sp90 FD

As regards film / digital, one of the few scenarios where I know ppl prefer film is the (special needs) school where my wife works. The teachers have to take (progress) pics and other more general images - using digital appears the 'better' option - cost / convenience etc - but film is preferred (although less often used 'cos of cost) - because nothing else needs to be done by the teachers - who're already way stretched, timewise.

They just hand the exposed roll over to the secretary and forget about it until the 6x4's return ... no transferring / messing around / printing etc - they don't have the time and aren't interested (unlike ppl like us).

(don't say they should just hand the CF cards over to a 'friendly' IT type ... because life just doesn't work like that. )

pp

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Post by beetleman »

I`ll extend my welcome also Marcus....pull up your computer and stay awhile. It is a small world with amazing things to see. I would say you are off to a great start (you will be hooked verry fast on this hobby) :wink:
Take Nothing but Pictures--Leave Nothing but Footprints.
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