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Tinkering with macro set-up: 50mm reversed on tubes vs 50mm + tubes + Rynox

The never ending tinkering with my macro set-up continues.

I’ve been mixing it up with my standard 50mm + tubes + Raynox vs 50mm reversed on tubes vs. Raynox on 200mm.

I’ve got a downsizing ring for the Raynox on the 200 that should arrive this week so more to come on that.

Here are a few things to consider:

These are 50mm reversed with slight crop in LR (about 20%). Aperture was set manually before removing from camera and reversing.

The things I like about this set-up:

  • at f22 the dof is nice
  • its a bit less contrasty than other set-ups
  • working distance is greater than 50mm + tubes + Raynox (about 6cm vs 4cm)

The negatives:

  • at f22 its just too dark and the miss rate is subsequently much higher
  • the flash ETTL system seems to miss calculate the lighting more often.
  • All in all the results is great when it hits but the reliability is poor compared with the 50 + tubes + Raynox.

This is same set-up (50mm reversed on tubes) @ f14. easier to see but still harder than the 50mm on tubes + raynox.

This is from 50mm on tubes + Raynox

Same but with contrasty processing

Which do you prefer?

More to come so watch this space!

Matt

Canon Release New 70D

Canon have just released the new 70D which Canon say “is the world’s first DSLR to feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, for fast Live View shooting and smooth Full HD movies.” EOS-70D-Design-Side2
The new EOS 70D looks like a great camera for enthusiast photographers who want great results at a reasonable mid range price!

See all the details, including sample shots and movies here

Samsung NX300 hits Australia

The new Samsung NX300 has just made it’s way to Australia and is well worth having a look at. This is a great looking camera with a choice of brown, black or white retro skins that look awesome.

The NX300 falls into a relatively new class of camera that is small in size (similar to four thirds cameras) but with the same C-size sensor found in many DSLR. This little camera is packed full of features that punch well above it’s weight. With a new ultra-sensitive 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor and an advanced hybrid autofocus system for delivering detailed images that help blur the line between professional and enthusiast. Other impressive features include a 1/6,000 shutter speed, interchangeable lenses, RAW file shooting, and 8.6 frames per second!

At around $900 this camera is worth considering for those looking for a light weight travel camera with high end specs. See all the details here………

Canon release two new entry level Digital SLR

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Canon has just announced the release of two new entry level Digital SLR cameras.

The Canon 700D and 100D are great looking cameras for anyone looking at getting into SLR photography. Personally I think the 100D looks like a great little get around camera that would be perfect for travel.

Here are the specs from Canon along with a video review.

BlackRapid camera straps

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I use BlackRapid camera straps and I’m often asked about what they are and where to get them.

These are seriously the best camera straps I have ever used. I’ve had one for a few years now and I have recently purchased a second so I can work with one on each shoulder while shooting weddings.

Read more about them here in my tutorials section