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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

Emerald eucalyptus chafer (Xylonichus eucalypti)

 

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I’m trying to improve my very poor knowledge of formal names¬†of insects. I think this is correct. Found in Sydney Northern Beaches, September 11 2016. Local trees Angophora Costata. It looks like the beetle in these links however the locations conflict:

www.jungledragon.com/image/37057/emerald_eucalyptus_chafe…

biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/Xylonichus_eucalypti%3bXylon…?

Any supporting info would be much appreciated.

cheers

Matt

Photography info: Canon 7D, Kenko Tubes & 50mm 1.8 coupled with my home made lighting setup.

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.