Mating Blue-tailed Damselflies

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dunksargent
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Mating Blue-tailed Damselflies

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Mating Blue-tailed Damselflies, Langdyke Countryside Trust's Swaddywell Pit Nature Reserve near Peterborough, UK

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Leica SL 601 / Novoflex Noflexar 'T' 400mm f5.6 / Novoflex 'squeeze trigger' follow focus mount / Leitz R bellows / Leitz R APO 2x extender / Novoflex R to SL adapter / small Gitzo tripod / Novoflex fork mount . The plywood board enables placing the tripod as close to the pond edge as possible - thus enabling closer focus on the middle of pond flora and insects. The mating Blue-tailed Damselflies were perched on a reed approx 1.75m to the left of the plywood board

1/250sec, approx effective aperture f11, ISO 1600

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The Noflexar 'T' 400mm is a 50 years young 3 element achromat 'telescope lens' … as distinct from telephoto lens. Designed by Novoflex, manufactured by Staeble Optic Altenstadt near Schongau, Bavaria c.1969.

It's possible to buy the Noflexar T 400mm secondhand on eBay for less than $100; it's a superb optic and recommended by Doug Herr - the Birdman of Sacramento. Novoflex still supply adapters for their follow focus mounts enabling fitting to most modern cameras.

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The camera body is shown perched on the 'seat' of my Eckla Multi-Rolly trolley seat. The apparatus is quite heavy especially when using the plywood board - and it's a long walk from the car park to the reserve's ponds. The indispensable Eckla trolley makes light work of the bulky apparatus. - but it's a bumpy ride - so any lens heads are carried separately in a shoulder bag to avoid shaking the optics.


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To illustrate the Eckla trolley seat in use at Swaddywell Pit Reserve … photo taken earlier in the year by my friend and forum member barnack-bill (Mike J)

Best wishes

dunk

EDIT: Originally and erroneously titled 'Mating Common Blue Damselflies' … now amended to 'Mating Blue-tailed Damselflies' … apologies for any confusion.
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Very good picture! that is an unusual but obviously workable set up.
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MarkSturtevant wrote:Very good picture! that is an unusual but obviously workable set up.
Thank you for your comment … the 3 element Novoflex Noflexar 'T' 400mm achromat is a very cost effective 'long focus' lens solution for mirrorless and DSLR cameras which also responds well to use of modern extenders / teleconverters, and close-up tubes / bellows.

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