New Toy & First Shots

Discussion in 'Macro Photography' started by NateS, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. NateS

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    Got me a new toy. Tamron 180mm f3.5 macro. Had to build myself a little bracket for my flash but works quite well. Also have a Lumiquest mini-softbox on the way.

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    Here's my first few shots. Nothing special I know, but there aren't many bugs out yet.

    A random weed
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    Another Weed
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    Closeup of some moss
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    About 1/4" long spider
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    You don't see much talk about this lens, but so far it seems like a very sharp lens, albeit incredibly thin DOF with 1:1 and 180mm. Bokeh is very, very creamy. Should be fun at the zoo and butterfly house trip we are planning for next weekend.
     
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    No shooting data embedded. The thin DOF might be partially due to large aperture. What were your settings. I normally try to shoot macro at f/11-16. Just a thought. Really like the 2nd macro shot.
     
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    F/13 on all so yeah this is just how thin the DOF is. I could try shooting at f/16 or beyond, but I'll start losing sharpness if I do that. However, a little less sharpness might be a decent tradeoff for more of the image in focus. I plan to do some real world tests to see.

    At larger apertures (such as wide open) and 1:1 I was truly unable to get anything in focus. The DOF was thinner than what my eye could see I guess.
     
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    I've never shot a 180. I use a Canon 100. Wanting to go ahead a pull the trigger on an MP-E 65.
     
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    Yeah, MPE-65 would be sweet and I've often wondered if I should switch to Canon for it. I just don't think I'd enjoy it that much personally since you'd have to be so close at 1:1 - 5:1 and 65mm that I'd probably have a hard time shooting a lot of the live bugs around here. I definitely love everything I see people post from it though. I'll just try to be happy with this lens and a 1.4 TC giving me 1.4:1...maybe a Canon 500D filter in the future (or some tubes).
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Really like the one of the moss!


    And - Wow, I never thought of using the tripod collar to mount a flash to!
    New project! :lol:
     
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    I use extension tubes not only on my 100, but on my 300L. Works pretty darn good. You might give it a try on the 180. I have a set of Kenko but also have a set of $90.00 Pro-optics. Air is air. I really can't tell the difference. They both work well.
     
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    Lol...yeah, new project for sure. It cost me all of $5 for the stuff at lowes and gets the flash closer. Only problem, as I mentioned earlier is that I will have to come up with something different for when I need to mount it on a tripod or monopod....haven't quite come up with what I'll do for that yet.

    I haven't heard of Pro-optics...I'll have to look that up. Do they have the contacts to keep metering and all that? $90 isn't bad at all.
     
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    cnutco No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have to get a macro lens sometime in my future. Love the photos!
     
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    +1 definitely a new project , escpecially since I just got my new off camera flash receiver! Love the setup NateS and nice shots!
     
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    Another weed for me.... Shallow DOF works well.. :thumbup:
     

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