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Post your new macro photos, if you have any. If you don't have any, go take some and post. Tell us your setup.

>This is a macro thread; large, uncropped, unresized, highly detailed photos are welcome. So, don't yell too much if someone maxes out the file size and resolution for the board.

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>>3318546
I bought a vintage lens sold as, "for parts," due to fungus (under $14). I took it apart and the fungus wiped right off, no trouble at all. I then took the Pentax K-mount off and put on a macro reverse ring w/Nikon F-mount that I ground down to get infinity back for the lens. Now I have full functionality for the lens. I'm new to using a vintage fully manual lens that has a macro setting, but after a day of playing around with it I'm getting more confident with it.

The pics in the OP are taken with it. This image has the details of what lens it is. It also shows what my longest extension tube can do with it. Just don't ask what focal length I had the lens set to, because the tube with lens is as long as my arm! I had to sit down in the grass and hold the lens with my feet and the body with my hands to take the bottom photo.

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>>3318551
Here's an abstract macro photo using the 565mm extension tube and a 500mm f/6.3 mirror lens. It is a white clover, only the white balance did something weird when I was trying different settings.

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>>3318556
Well, back to the Sears 80-200mm lens in macro mode. I've been trying to learn to embrace high ISO, to get some handheld, 'action shots.' I still think high ISO looks terrible.

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>>3318559

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>>3318561

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>>3318563
Last one for now.

I noticed the auto white balance had all manner of trouble while using this lens. It seems to go to crap around f/8 and tighter, as does the focus indicator. Of course changing aperture affects how everything looks anyway.

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Standards need to be raised, gentlemen.
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Does this count as macro?

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>>3318834
Nope, that's an, "orgy," and rather lewd.

>that poor lonely one in them middle
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I was out in a field for a few hours trying to get some shots. I ended up using a 85mm diy lens instead of the macro one from the OP. It is fast enough to get okay shots and is sharper than the other lens. Yet, there's a ton of CA and SA since it is a single element lens.

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>>3318964

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>>3318966
>>3318964
Those two images are crops. This image is a resize, non-cropped. This spider is about 3mm long.

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>go into macro thread
>expecting to see other people as interested in the pastime as me
>know that you don't need a dedicated 1:1 macro lens for macro photography, but still expect people to have spent a little bit of time or care in selecting an appropriate lens
>OP says "highly detailed photos"
>expecting highly detailed photos
>instead greeted with:
>>vintage lens sold as, "for parts," due to fungus (under $14)
>>565mm extension tube and a 500mm f/6.3 mirror lens
>>Sears 80-200mm lens
>>diy lens
>every single image taken with these lenses are fuzzy when in focus and generally look like shit due to uncontrollable haze/ghosting or color fringing

I'm not the type of person to say "raise your standards," but seriously guys. Your lenses might be neat historical curiosities, but they are not good macro lenses. There are a lot of cheap kit lenses. I know Canon makes inexpensive lenses like the 18-55 STM and 55-250 STM kit lenses, which have an OKish ~.3x magnification and look clear at those magnifications.

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>>3318974
I don't like reposting old stuff. Here's an old stack for you. That's a good pic, fyi.

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>repost

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>>3318974
lewd
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Not new, but posting anyway

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>>3318996

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>>3318997

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>>3319015

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>>3319016

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>>3319017

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>>3318974
Macros should be more than just zoomed in snapshits, this guy gets it
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>>3318974
Yeah, this place is seriously overrun by plebs. Your shot isn't that great either, but a lot better than what's been posted so far.
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>>3319029
>Yeah, this place is seriously overrun by plebs.
Again, I hate the /p/ catchphrase "raise your standards," and I don't mean it in an elitist way. I'm using a $1300 lens, so obviously I'm going to get clear results, even though it's not a dedicated macro lens, but there are plenty of budget options that are just as good for this level of ~.3x magnification at the minimum focusing distance. The plastic Canon kit lenses, like I mentioned, can achieve about the same level of magnification and are sharp lenses. Every camera manufacturer has a basic 35-60mm macro lens for under $200, and also Tamron and Sigma make them. If someone really likes macro photography, there are so many budget options with clear optics that there's just no excuse to be using a pinhole lens or ancient Sears zoom on an extension tube.

>Your shot isn't that great either, but a lot better than what's been posted so far.
I am definitely still learning, and I just shoot to have fun. Here's another photo of the same wasps. The scene was a little backlit and no matter how I adjust the brightness in post, it still looks underexposed to me. This kind of thing just gets more and more frustrating the more I look at it and adjust it.

A few of the unsharp photos posted by other people could be actually nice looking if not for the purplish haze over everything caused by the junk lenses used, which is the only reason why I get annoyed. It just feels like wasted talent to use a pinhole lens or something retarded like that, if you're going to be out there shooting macro anyway. Might as well just use the right tool for the job, right? It would be like taking a trip out to Yellowstone and shooting wildlife with a point-and-shoot that you crop into massively.

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This is one of my personal favorites. I feel like it implies adventure for my tiny little story bro, like the wilderness opens wide in front of him in anticipation.

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>>3319051
What lens is that? The bokeh is oddly pleasing.
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>>3319052

Pretty sure it's my old micro 105 2.8 nikkor.

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>>3319053

oh shit that's the full 36 megapixels, ABORT ABORT
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repostan some old ones, need to get my shit organised

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>>3319054
you almost make me open my raws and upscale my shit to 45mp, sadly my head is fried from nearly getting myself killed yesterday, so small size will have to do
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>>3319051
Really love this one.

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>>3319081
I love the dark background.
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only decent one I have, shot with the canon 100mm macro lens. I just borrowed it for an afternoon, so I didn't get much time to use it. Would love to try macro again though.

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OP here.

I put all my DIY lens back in the bag, they are really for special art stuff anyway. I broke out a 20mm extension tube and a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 NIKKOR-S Auto. I set it to f/8, but somewhere along the line it slipped into f/11. Probably when I was laying i a bed of eaten poison ivy stems (fun times predicted for tomorrow).

Anyways, here's what I pulled from way too many photos in the past few hours.

>full size image

>>3319053
>7360x4912
>OUTMATCHED

My measly 6000x4000 can not withstand.

>>3319051
That is a pretty good composition, anon.

>>3319081
This one seems familiar, did you post it in an old thread?

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>>3319096
I like the nifty 50 for macro, except the short working distance. I can go up to 68mm of extension and not get too short, but it really is only like 2 inches then.

>anything not 6000x4000 is a crop

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>>3319102
This is why a short working distance suck. The legs sticking out on this Popillia japonica are a warning sign. With an actual macro lens I've been quite a ways away and not bother it.

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>>3319115
Last one.

>>3319109
Ah, to be a beetle with a flower house...

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>>3319118
The lighting here is really nice. Is that natural lighting or did you use an off camera flash?

>>3319115
What is this thing?
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>>3319096
>This one seems familiar, did you post it in an old thread?
jup, all were at least in rpt
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>>3319126
That is ambient sunlight from the side. I have a ton from that, but only a few had good lighting like that and only that one was at the right place for the DOF and ant motion blur.

>What is this thing?

A Bristletail. They normally live in and around old wood. They make great macro subjects when you use flash on them, due to the colors. Some of the image stacks you see of them online are quite stunning because of that.

>>3319143
Ah, it is a memorable image. Well, done.

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>>3319155
Here's a few more, hot off the camera. It is night out and I was testing out how the ring light would work in near dark/dark on and off the camera. I had not been using it since I didn't have rechargeable AAs until today.

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>>3319193
Last for now.

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>>3318546
Canon FD 100mm macro, not sure if I was using the extension tube with it or not, I like how the bee looks like it's staring into the lens

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>>3319296
Nice photo, judging from the thin DOF, you probably were using an e.tube. The bokeh looks just right.
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I just finished sorting through a few hundred pics I took today. I didn't take the tripod with me this time. However, it was cloudy and I had to crank the ISO up just to keep the insect movement & wind from blurring everything every time. That is because I put a second e.tube on the 50mm lens from >>3319096 and shot at f/16 for the most part to get a thicker DOF. Total extension tube was 32mm instead of 20mm. It makes a big difference, but I also notice that seems to be the end of what that lens can do as far as clarity goes. Any more extension and nothing would be as sharp and worth while.

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>>3319580
I should also mention I was using a cheap macro ring light cranked to the highest setting for most of these.

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>>3319581

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>>3319583

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>>3319585

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>>3319588

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>>3319590

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>>3319591

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>>3319592
Last one for now.

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The large mushroom is almost 1/2" wide.

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Taken a few hours ago.

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>>3318677
Love the color in this photo, nicely done!!
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I actually need to go shoot the carolina's I have. Maybe tomorrow night. Here's an old one.

General set up is
5Ds, 100L macro, 2 alienbees 800, polarizings filters on everything
I also have a bellows, some tubes, laowa 15 macro, and a mp-e65. Only the two lenses see any use. The bellows is miserable to use and the tubes almost always unnecessary

>>3319018
lol really dude

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>>3319960
I like the lighting in this. Those are also great for finding crab spiders, but they usually have really good camo so you need to stare for a while looking for them.

>>3320042
I really need to get a nice macro lens. I have everything needed to turn all other lenses into "macro". I still need some better lighting for handheld macro out in the bush. This cheap ring light (Neewer 48) just isn't cutting it in a lot of situations. I wish companies would rate lights using stops. lol

>bellows is miserable to use

Why is that? I use one with handheld from time to time. My only gripe is that the knob is on the same side as the camera's shutter button. I use tubes mostly, since I've no macro lens in the first place.

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>>3320257

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>>3320258

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>>3320259

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>>3320262
These little flies are really neat, but they are super small and skittish. Using a tube on the 50mm makes for difficult photography because they fly away and I'm blocking too much light even with the ring. Getting a reflector in is almost always a no-go.

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>>3320263
I got this guy while it was cleaning up after a meal. I figured a collage might work.

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>>3320298
>lesson: don't shoot in the evening when there's not enough light

ISO 1600 was a mistake.

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Here's the Carolina Mantis.

>>3320257
I don't know nikon lenses well enough to point at one. The canon 100 macro (non L) is pretty stellar. They also are going for ~350$ right now in the used market. The twin light for nikon would probably be good for what you do. I haven't bothered with the canon one because I need more control and it just wouldn't be powerful enough. You could try renting one to see if it would be enough.

The bellows is miserable because of how unwieldy the whole thing is.

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>>3320298
this would be amazing focus stacked

whose eggs?
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>>3320300
>it is dead
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>>3320304
definitely not

Dead mantises are super obviously dead.
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>NIKKOR-S auto 50mm f/1.4-f/16
>68mm extension tube
>ring light
>f/16

I think this looks better not cropped.

>>3320301
Assholes known as Anasa tristis. Funny thing is, they get a pass when I'm taking photos. I guess it is a whole other frame of mind. Otherwise, I go through my squash and pumpkins like a madman squishing them.

Yes, a focus stack would be nice of those. I can get one, just need to go out and do it.

>>3320300
>twin light

Those look interesting, but also underpowered. I need a fill flash that can really fill well and be a rather small profile. Though, that latter point is only because I'm not using a true 1:1 macro lens.

>The bellows is miserable because of how unwieldy the whole thing is.

What model do you have? I have a super cheap Andoer ones that was like $25-$30 It think. It is pretty low profile except for the rail jutting out, which only interferes if you are using a short focal length lens. It doesn't tilt or anything though.

https://www.amazon.com/Andoer-Extension-Bellows-Focusing-Slider/dp/B01DSXP5W8

Fotodiox makes one, but it is a bit bulkier and has two rails.

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>>3320416
The next few are the kit lens "AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G ED" which I rarely use. I have an AF 68mm extension tube on it and it is set to 300mm which gives a nice working distance. I don't like using the AF extension tube set because the mounts are all plastic and nearly all cracked off, but I can't do macro with the kit lenses without it since the focus rings don't work unpowered and there's no aperture.

>your image contains an embedded file

$%&$%^$*

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>>3320438
These last two are from a, "Tamron 70-210mm f/4 w/Macro option," lens I bought off ebay in a lot of lenses "for parts". The "Macro" only goes to 1:4. So, it is really a close up lens at best. It is fairly clear for being the cheapest feeling lens I've ever tried. It is super light weight and plastic. Like the Sears one from >>3318551 I popped the old mount off and put a Nikon F-mount on it. Both lenses can focus to infinity after the conversion. This lens performs a lot better than the Sears one, which is to be expected for a Tamron.

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>>3320441
Last one for now.

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Another Carolina Mantis. Most are brown with green legs at this age but there's occasionally the odd ball green one. This one is spotted. Not sure if sick or just weird. She did drop a leg so prolly sick.

>>3320416
>Anasa tristis
well they drop pretty eggs

>twin light
Then if you need portability you'll have to get a high powered speed light. Yongnuo's are good for the money.

>super cheap Andoer
I have the photodiox. I don't do anything in the field. Once I have the bellows on the rail and on the tripod it just gets too unwieldy. More so when I have lights basically touching the lens on either side of me.

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You might enjoy this lens. Goes up to 2x, super affordable, but manual everything (including aperture). Their 2.5-5x is supposed to be on par with canon's mp-e 65 and the 15mm macro is unique in camera world to my knowledge. I really really enjoy the 15 but I don't have an illustrative insect shots as samples. I use it to shoot fake landscapes so the macro appearance is somewhat lost.

https://www.venuslens.net/product/laowa-60mm-f2/
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>>3320446
Actually, that lens is on one of my "too buy" lists. The 2:1 is what drew my attention. I recall those landscapes. Good stuff.

>>3320445
Nice pic.

> I don't do anything in the field.

That's pretty much all I do, when it comes to insects at least. Most of it is handheld due to, "unwieldy tripods and shit," when I'm hanging from the side of a hill by some tree roots. Most of the stuff like tripods and rails can be removed in favor of more light and/or working distance. I can do handheld focus stacking, but only with lots of light. However, like this image, I needed the bellows, rail, tripod, and remote.

This is a stack of the same eggs. 10 images and a couple screw ups. The light is gone now and this light was a bit too harsh. This was with the nifty 50mm at f/8 on a total FL of 190mm via bellows. Working distance was like 1-2cm or something. Terrible photo though. lol

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>>3318551
holeo fuck anon that's some super extension
>>3318556
u kno u can change ur whitebalance after the fact right
>>3318559
> still think high ISO looks terrible.
yeah it does, why are you trying to teach urself otherwise lmao? d3xxx high iso performance is generally pretty shit

>>3318977
wowza that's pretty neat. what'd u use to take this and how did u keep the fly from flying away (or was it dead?)

>>3318974
thats pretty hot
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>>3320513
>that's some super extension

That's just a single tube. I've stacked all the tubes and bellows I had one night and got stuff like this with a reversed lens (same lens below). These are the lenses on the eye of a wasp if I recall correctly. With that much tube, any vibration at all makes it shake terribly. I had to stand far far from it to keep it from picking up vibrations my body was causing.

>or was it dead?

Dead for a month probably. I think that one was a "AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G" using a reverse ring and either bellows or extension tubes. I think it was one of the first focus stacks I did with the ring light. There's something like 10-11 photos in one focus stack for that image.

>whitebalance after the fact

Of course, but some times it can completely wreck it beyond repair or add some neat effect.

>d3xxx high iso performance is generally pretty shit

Anything beyond 800 is a crapshoot, but it does depend on some factors for 1600 and 3200 if they will actually be, "okay". Whatever you do, don't brighten the exposure in post with anything higher than 800. lol
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>>3320513
The eyes.

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>>3320539
Wowza
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not happy with this lot. too windy, no patience, but they're fresh

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>>3320994
Like this guy the most. Far from perfect, but had to put myself head down into the ditch to get him. She built herself a net all over it, and she's just munching one of the dragonfiles she caught.
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I'm right in the middle of a shoot, here's one from it. I'm hoping to get more of these guys, but I'm using the 70-300mm lens with e.tubes and it doesn't seem to resolve as sharply as the nifty 50mm. I may switch up lens, but I'll see if the ring light will allow faster speeds than the popup.

>>3320992
>too windy

I reeee so hard when there's wind. That's a good shot and composition though. Looks like it is really enjoying itself.

>>3320993
I like this one too.

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Testan Minolta bellows I got for a penny.

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>>3321799
At about half draw.

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Full draw. The magnification is great for shooting insects, but even a snail moves too fast for comfort. Used 3.5/50 Macro Rokkor for the lens. Should probably try a tele for more working distance, but god help with the focusing.

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Good pics.

lol Yeah, light is a huge issue for bellows fully extended. I invested in a ring light. It does well for all the indoor stuff, but as a fill light outside it can be a bit lax when there's pretty harsh sunlight.

1/160 is cutting it pretty close if you are using it handheld and moving subjects. On a tripod I find it is best to couple my bellows with a 4-way rail for fine adjustment focusing. With moving stuff, I let it swing a bit free on the tripod and use it a bit like a handheld so I can keep the the insect in frame and focus. Still, I have to use burst most times since the DOF is so damn thin.

I like the 6 aperture blade bokeh in those.

>screw wind

You should trying getting these things. They drove me crazy, because they are so fast they blur like mad. And, I was trying to get them in what looks like near dark under a canopy or trees.

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I'm trying to calculate both magnification and sensor to image ratio for use with extension tubes.

Magnification example: 5x
Sensor to Image Ratio: 5:1

•1:1 = 1x = the object in the photo is the same size as the sensor. Example: A ruler with 23.5mm of it showing up in the photo on an APS-C 23.5mm sensor.
•2:1 = 2x = the object in the photo is the twice size as the sensor. Example: A ruler with 11.75mm of it showing up in the photo on an APS-C 23.5mm sensor.
•1:2 = 0.5x = the object in the photo is the twice as small as the sensor. Example: A ruler with 47mm of it showing up in the photo on an APS-C 23.5mm sensor.
•1,000:1 = 1000x = an object 1000 times larger than the sensor. Example: A ruler with 0.0235mm of it showing up in the photo on an APS-C 23.5mm sensor.
•1:1,000 = 0.001x = an object 1000 times smaller than the sensor. Example: A ruler with 23,500mm of it showing up in the photo on an APS-C 23.5mm sensor.

Is this correct?
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>>3322561
Yes that's correct
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This cuckoo wasp is really difficult to get a good photo of. None of my lenses can actually resolve the colorful body very well. The eyes will be in focus, but the way the lighting plays on the divots in the body they end up looking blurred anyway. Evidently, patterns like this in nature confuse other insects. In order to get a good photo, I'd need a better lens and of course better lighting. Then again, pressing the lenses with absurd lengths of extension tubing doesn't help things, but it is fun.

>>3322561
>>3322595
Having a ruler with millimeters on it is nice when playing around with new toys. You still need to use something to measure the pixels of the millimeter for each image and calculate that for how wide each pixel is then how many comprise the entire image and all that.

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>>3322608
Pretty sure you've just too sharp light there. Try to diffuse is somehow.

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>>3322650
Yeah, but when I diffuse I lose too many stops. At 842mm of extension I need faster exposure speeds in order to reduce motion blur from vibrations. It acts like an earthquake monitor and pics up vibrations from everything even talking. I need a solid place to us it like a concrete slab, which I don't have access to. With my current setup 1 out of 50 photos might not have motion blur. The camera has no stabilization of course.

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>>3322668
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3923684
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>>3319015
This one is just fantastic. I love how the colours combine.
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what would be a good flash setup for a nikon camera? i would want to use it with my 90mm macro and tubes if I want. so if you reccomend a bracket it would have to be able to work around a long lens and not be blocked
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>>3322903
If the tubes are fairly normal length then just about any macro ring light will work. If the working distance is close those are fairly good. If the working distance is quite a ways off, like a few feet then you may want Twin Lites.

Also, check out these setups and the resulting images at the bottom:

http://orionmystery.blogspot.com/2012/05/night-macro.html
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>>3322970
would you recommend a ring light over a dedicated flash and just having it on a bracket?
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>>3322974
Something dedicated will almost always work better for your specific situation. A ring light is a tool that does only one job well and that's it. I often take my ring light off and use it for back lighting or whatever, but it isn't as good for that since I need a tripod for it and there's no proper mount for the light it seems (cheap shit is cheap.)
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may i use these photos for graphic design work?
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>>3322977
what kind of bracket is the best for macro?
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>>3322979
For the stuff I posted no. I don't know about the other guys.
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>>3322981
Someone with more experience with varied equipment will have to help you more specifically. I can say that you need to decide on what type of macro work you'll be doing as to what will work best for you.
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>>3322979

Feel free for mine, one condition. You post end results on /p/.
>>3319077
>>3319078
>>3319079
>>3319080
>>3319081
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>go out with 20mm e.tube
>forget lighting

It is as frustrating as getting all zipped up in a snow suit then needing to use the bathroom.

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>>3323282
Do you recommend any good ringlights for macro cameras? This photo was taken with a built-in one with the lens, and personally I don't love the effect it gave.

Also sorry for the lack of EXIF info, posting this on my phone and am also very new to the board.
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>>3323553
There's no much you can do in regard to water droplet reflections. Like the one in >>3320258 also shows the ring light in it. You'd probably need a snoot light to help get away from that and have it over to the side so it may not be reflected noticeably.

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This are 2.2:1 macro. This beetle is about 2.14mm wide..
Tamron 70-210mm in macro setting with 275mm extension tube at f/8.
Ring Light
Tripod
Lens Support
4-way Rail

>not cropped, but resized

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>>3323963
Same setup and lens with e.tube. Just longer exposure and full resolution image this time. It was sitting still so I tried to get ISO 100 at whatever slow exposure was needed. I thought the eye wasn't in focus, but once I pixel peeped it seems it is. This lens at this extension is just soft, as most seem to be with extreme extensions.

The grasshopper head is about 3.84mm wide. The entire photo is roughly 10.71mm wide in both this and the beetle one above.

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Also, does anyone know what this thing is? I couldn't get a good photo of it at all since a gentle breeze started up. It is nearly 5mm long. In Eastern USA. I'll check over on /invert/ as well.

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>>3323973
Never seen anything like it. If averything fails try whatsthatbug.
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>>3323989
Thanks, noted.
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I'm starting to get the hang of it

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spiders are a favorite subject

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anudder

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obligatory

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obligatory 2

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>>3324009
Time for a new sparkplug my man
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Reverse lens macro doesn't have to be crappy guise

Took this back in Dec

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>>3324174
that's about 1.5mm across
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>>3323973
This reminds me, forgot to post this one. Not strictly macro, but whatever. Does anyone know what it is? Rocky alpine forest, s austria.

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>>3324365
another view, weird fixed winglike shells, and I believe actual wings underneath.

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>>3324365
>>3324368
Pterophoridae of some type. A, "plume moth".

>>3324174
Pretty awesome. What lens and did it have extension tubes?
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>>3324376
thnx, fits
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>>3318546
>Tell us your setup
My cell phone
That is all
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>>3324890
Both images were with a 50mm f/1.4 at f/8 with 20mm e.tube.

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>>3324892
>>3324890
>Exposure Bias 1/3 EV

FFFFFF! No wonder shit was "off" in some way. God damn menu shit.
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>>3324892
what's with all the green ones lately? all I see is this kind, and a very few grey ones that these bastards chase off on sight
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>>3324908
I've been getting all colors, just they aren't as good to post for one reason or another.

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>>3324911
>>3324908
Well, seems that's the only ebony jewelwing I even have. I thought I had two more and not just regular damselflies. I must have been thinking of the dragonflies from above or something.

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>>3318546

Nikon D5100 with a Nikkor Series E 50mm f/1.8 with a 20mm extension tube. I wanted to get the reflection in her eyes in focus.

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>>3325090
Pretty good actually.
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I was playing around with my bellows, trying to get 1:1 scale. This seems to be as close as I can get. It is off by like 0.5mm or less I think. I was really trying to go for handheld 1:1, but it seems I'd need a much better lens for that. Something that is sharper at higher F-stops.

>Tamron 70-210mm lens in 1:4 mode with 109mm of bellows and a ring light; f/8, handheld.
>resized, not cropped

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>>3325323

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>>3325326

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wtf is this
these things are scary

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>>3318966

You need a higher shutter speed.
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>>3327488
The speed is "1/2500" in that image and more than enough to stop most insect wings. The image you see isn't using a normal lens and has a soft focus making most things look like blobs outside of the DOF or have odd black halo or CA halo if there's a sharp contrast between light and dark.

The D3400 is also terrible with noise past ISO800. To reach 1-2 stops of light-sensor sensitivity, to crank up the speed, it would need to be ISO1600 or ISO3200 to get 1/3200 and 1/4000. It just turns into a hot mess noise. More light wouldn't really help either since the lens would pretty much erase details. You don't use that sort of lens to create documentary type photos. You have to use it for art shots, but it is a very difficult thing to do if you are shooting macro and live insects. That is directly why >>3318974 is raging so hard. He's a pixel peeper and expecting high clarity, sharpness, contrast, and perfect everything else.

Images like this >>3325326 and >>3325323 are ones that need more light to get higher exposure speeds. The ISO is too high and there's some insect motion blur with a bit of handheld/wind motion blur.

>>3327439
Tarantula hawk.




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