Tried & Tested Super Macro Setups
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    Tried & Tested Super Macro Setups

    by kiwiklicks » Wed May 16, 2012 7:20 pm

    Ok Gals and Guys,
    I am looking at trying my hand at some super macro shots.
    Normal macro just isnt cutting it for me.

    Setup so far in mind!

    Canon 40D
    100mm f2.8 Macro Canon Lens

    Now to turn it into super macro -
    I was thinking of adding a set of kenko adapters.

    Would anyone like to share their setups and some images of there results?
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    Re: Tried & Tested Super Macro Setups

    by sprint06 » Wed May 16, 2012 7:52 pm

    kiwiklicks wrote:Ok Gals and Guys,
    I am looking at trying my hand at some super macro shots.
    Normal macro just isnt cutting it for me.

    Setup so far in mind!

    Canon 40D
    100mm f2.8 Macro Canon Lens

    Now to turn it into super macro -
    I was thinking of adding a set of kenko adapters.

    Would anyone like to share their setups and some images of there results?

    Better get yourself a 50mm and a reversing ring!
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    by kiwiklicks » Wed May 16, 2012 8:15 pm

    I do have a nifty fifty f1.8
    Not too sure how this set up works?

    I thought a 100mm macro with 1.1 and a full set of AF extension tubes would be better?
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    Re: Tried & Tested Super Macro Setups

    by beeb » Wed May 16, 2012 10:10 pm

    Don't think I kept the picture, but I took a picture with a Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS L and a 25mm extension tube (Canon - not that it makes any difference to the image quality...).

    At minimum-focusing-distance the angled bit at the end of a pencil (the sharpened bit including the wood and the tip) nearly filled the frame on my 5D MkII.

    I'll have a look tomorrow and see if I can find some example shots buried in Lgihtroom for you.

    Be aware that using an extension tube (or two) reduces the amount of light that reachs the sensor, so shutter times may drag a bit more than normal too... :wink:
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    by sprint06 » Wed May 16, 2012 11:08 pm

    This was with 90mm tamron and a set of tubes,( wont mention the P word on here ) also a ring flash to give you some idea, but I have seen closer shots with reversed 50mm
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    soldier fly eye by Donovan51, on Flickr
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    by RichardW » Thu May 17, 2012 7:43 am

    I have used the 100 F2.8 macro on the 5D with the 2 X TC and 25 Extender on the odd occasion. DOF is very small and probably best with a macro slide rail which I don't have.
    Can't remember which images I used it for. :oops:
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    by DJT » Thu May 17, 2012 11:10 am

    I read somewhere that a reversing ring and a 18-55 kits lens gives pretty good results particulaly at the 18mm end.
    Not something I'm overly interested in, but something else for you to look at.
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    by kiwiklicks » Thu May 17, 2012 2:44 pm

    The image of the soldier fly is spot on the end result I am looking for.
    I found this website of super macro, the images are stunning.
    http://thomasshahan.com/photos

    Here are a few examples from me.
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    Image Captured with a 60mm Canon Macro

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    These spiders are extremely small. I would like to get up a bit closer.

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    by sprint06 » Thu May 17, 2012 3:20 pm

    kiwiklicks wrote:The image of the soldier fly is spot on the end result I am looking for.
    I found this website of super macro, the images are stunning.
    http://thomasshahan.com/photos

    Here are a few examples from me.
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    Image Captured with a 60mm Canon Macro

    Image

    Image
    These spiders are extremely small. I would like to get up a bit closer.

    I have a set of Kenko Tubes on the xmas list!!!

    Make sure you get an auto set otherwise you need 3 hands to operate the gear,having said that even the auto tube are manual focus.
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    by beeb » Thu May 17, 2012 4:14 pm

    DJT wrote:I read somewhere that a reversing ring and a 18-55 kits lens gives pretty good results particulaly at the 18mm end.
    Not something I'm overly interested in, but something else for you to look at.


    This works alright, but you have no control over the apeture - and f/3.5 or so at those kind of focal lengths is sweet-FA depth of field.
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    by kiwiklicks » Thu May 17, 2012 6:58 pm

    I have a set of manual ext tubes, they were cheap off Ebay.
    I hate using them, I cannot work out the exposure or DOF, as I believe exposure is manual, aperature is the max of the lens eg f2.8 is the max for my Canon macro.

    At least with the auto ext tubes, it is a start.
    A/E control!, aperature control!
    I am used to manual focus for macro work.
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    by Eden » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:04 pm

    [/quote]
    Make sure you get an auto set otherwise you need 3 hands to operate the gear,having said that even the auto tube are manual focus.[/quote]


    I have just picked up a set of KENKO tubes off gumtree and they do auto focus ( might be a newer model but it works eeeeeyha )

    Im running a 550d and the 100mm 2.8 non usm and non IS macro and it will focus and stop hunting if the light is good ( live view is controlled by the gods and will work on a leap year after a monsoon and the sighting of meteor shower ) and the viewfinder is used

    Im happy with the purchase and will also get a reversing ring and an old manual aperture lens (18 mm or lower) to thread mount to it and the camera and/or Kenko's and start playing

    Itching to play though !!!

    cheers eden

    PS I know its an old thread but its all still new to me and there is heaps of good stuff in these here pages !!!
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    by Eden » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:33 pm

    beeb wrote:
    DJT wrote:I read somewhere that a reversing ring and a 18-55 kits lens gives pretty good results particulaly at the 18mm end.
    Not something I'm overly interested in, but something else for you to look at.


    This works alright, but you have no control over the apeture - and f/3.5 or so at those kind of focal lengths is sweet-FA depth of field.


    I will find where I read it and post the link and instructions but

    I believe that setting the aperture with the camera (lens on) and then removing the lens (camera power still on) leaves the lens set at that aperture ?

    not sure but will know for sure when I start playing properly ( just waiting for the bits to appear on ebay ) in 3 or 4 weeks ( saved up my pocket money now )

    cheers eden


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    by Dalzine » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:41 pm

    I think you might find that the aperture of the lens isn't set until the photo is taken.

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    Re: Tried & Tested Super Macro Setups

    by Eden » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:57 pm

    Dalzine wrote:I think you might find that the aperture of the lens isn't set until the photo is taken.

    Dale.


    sorry dale , I said i would find it


    took me a min to find the thread

    let me know if this wont work please as im all reading and no doing to date
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    Yes, attach the lens to the camera normally and set the aperture you want in Av mode. While holding down the DOF preview button, remove the lens from the camera. Even when the lens is removed, the aperture will stay at the setting you chose.

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