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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:11 pm    Post subject: Butterfly Wing Reply with quote

For this photo I used a Canon 7D, MP-E65 lens, and the StackShot machine. This is about 1.5 times life-sized according to the MP-E65. It is 12 photos focus-stacked using Zerene. This is a DMAP file that I ran some small curves on along with some sharpening. I used a Canon 580EXII flash at -1 2/3 flash exposure compensation. Other information is ISO 100, f/9, 1/200 second, in Manual mode. This is my first post of something I've done and I'm anxious to hear what people think. Of course - I want to get closer.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is excellent. You've picked an interesting part of the wing, composed well, and your lighting is doing a great job capturing the metallic sheen of those blue scales.

Since you're only at 1.5X, you still have some expansion room left in the MP-E 65. After that, the next natural step is to a microscope objective, probably 10X. Depending on what else is in your kit, that could be either a finite objective on bellows or an infinite objective stuck on the end of a telephoto that's acting like a tube lens. There's quite a bit posted about both these approaches -- just let us know if you need some specific links.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Rik.
Please send me links on both the finite objective on bellows and the infinite objective stuck on the end of a telephoto. I have a 180 f/3.5 macro, a 300 f/4 telephoto, a 400 f/5.6 telephoto, and a 500 f/4 telephoto. I'll be getting closer with my MP-E65 today or tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9393 for discussion/comparison of several 10X objectives on bellows.

See http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9664 for discussion of Nikon CFI Plan Achromat 10x NA 0.25 on various telephotos.

Adapters for all these setups are now available commercially, for example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360287554493
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=140436592235
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140433879014
http://cgi.ebay.com/RMS-Thread-M42-Adapter-microscope-objective-cone-/350352400700?pt=Lens_Accessories

One of the earliest discussions about objectives on bellows is "Which microscope objectives do not need compensating optics?".

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much, Rik. I appreciate the information.
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