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  1. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The postman (and lady) cometh and they did unto us deliver new shinyness!

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    1:1 - true macro - 4 inch working distance (as marked on the lens itself) also listing focal length as 101mm
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    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4043/4311254764_b6c29688ab_o.jpg
    f13, ISO 200, 1/200sec

    5:1 - insane sillyness - 1.6 inch working distance (as marked on the lens itself) also listing focal length as 41mm
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    f13, ISO 200, 1/200sec

    And I should hopefully be able to squeeze a bit more sharpness out of it at the 5:1 end - though I need more practice working at such magnifications.

    Its heavier (though not unmanagble by any means) than I thought it would be, and it has a complete black metal finish to it. It's out of macro focusing is also not just limited, its non-existant. This will only do 1:1 to 5:1 and nothing outside of that.
    Lighting is also an interesting aspect - ETTL, with a little flash compensation, has always given me good results with my regular macro lenses; not so with the MPE - at 1:1 results were good, but compensation would be needed - but at 5:1 the flash meter just could not cope - time to slip into manual. (and for those wondering the 580EX2 had easily more power than needed to be the main lighting for a 5:1 shot - it was reducing the power output that was needed).

    It's going to be a tricky lens to get used to without the twinflash - since its front element is tiny and thus shadowing from a hotshoe flash is - I suspect - a problem; especailly when combined with its small working distance. However I welcome zoomable macro magnification :)
     
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  2. sinjans

    sinjans TPF Noob!

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    :drool:

    Beauty. Which model is it? I cant clearly see.
     
  3. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    heh seems like I forgot to mention -- Canon MPE65 mm macro lens
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Now ..... give us some insane looking bug shots! This is an ORDER! :D
     
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    Montana TPF Noob!

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    You dirty dog! Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats and all the jazz.........wicked lens.
     
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    Nice!

    Hotshoe flash will be a problem, but reflectors will work great for those up close and personal shots.
     
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    sinjans TPF Noob!

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    Yeah i would like to get a feild review when you get ou twith it. Its hard to order those bugs to hold still. Good job
     
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    shadowlands No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    OMG!!! Excellent!!! Nice lens!!!
    Enjoy it, and of course... congrats!!!

    I agree... BUG SHOTS!!!
     
  9. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Nice!

    I have been wanting one of those for a while... :)
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    "Yeah, Baby!!" "Looks groovy,man, totally groovy!!":thumbup::thumbup:

    Enjoy! I heard you were opening up an ant portrait photography business, and I see you've now got the centerpiece for the studio! bring on those ant modeling portfolio images, and those aphid zed cards, and all that...
     
  11. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Many thanks guys - and you are a demanding lot to please - all those bugshot calls! Well I think luck was with me - I have no idea how small this spider is nor the magnifcation but for an idea it was smaller than 5mm

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    Ok so I clipped off both legs, but I got it in focus!

    Settings
    f13, ISO 200, 1/200sec, flash 1/4 + 7 manual power

    Gear
    Canon 400D + Canon MPE65mm macro lighting was a 580EX2 with Lumiquest softbox

    Setup
    Flash resting on the floor in the lower left area of the shot whilst camera was held with both hands and focused manualy (on this lens manual is the only option). A test shot was taken earlier to get a power setting for the flash which would yeald a decent exposure.

    Output - this is processed and sharpened as normal
     
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    Ahh, screw spiders...

    Nice shot.
     

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