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  1. #1461
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    Man thats a work of art Tony. Great composition with a moving insect. Belongs on your wall for sure.

    Man I've got so much to learn.
    Thanks for the kind words but I dont know about plenty to learn about shooting bugs. I was sitting here in awe of your shots. They are so crisp and clear for digital crops. Well done.
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  2. #1462
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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoplayer88key View Post
    nice looking insects. Rooz how'd you get such a shallow DOF? Did you have some 1800mm F/0.5 lens laying around somewhere?

    Also for the rest of you... are you wearing full body armor to shoot some of those insects "just in case" or are you using 1200+mm telephoto lenses?
    DOF is also affected by the focusing distance in addition to the focal length and aperture. A lot of times macro shooters are working with a really small DOF because of this. Rooz is the most patient man alive, chasing bugs the size of a pea around with his gear (and there seems to be a lot of it) and his razor thin DOF.
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  3. #1463
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    I am amazed by these photos, I applaud you all. I have tried getting some bug close ups and have failed. Can some of you post your typical setup? Maybe have someone take a pic of you taking a pic.

    I have a Nikon D90 w/ the kit 18-105 and the 55/f1.8. Is there a "must have" macro lens?
    Nikon D-90 w/ kit lens | Nikon 50mm f/1.8D My lame flickr site.

  4. #1464
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    Quote Originally Posted by d0od View Post
    I am amazed by these photos, I applaud you all. I have tried getting some bug close ups and have failed. Can some of you post your typical setup? Maybe have someone take a pic of you taking a pic.

    I have a Nikon D90 w/ the kit 18-105 and the 55/f1.8. Is there a "must have" macro lens?
    Here's Rooz's setup. http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=setup&w=10435080%40N00

    In case linking to a search page didn't work here's a link to a specific photo from his setup http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/1946845928/

    My setups a lot simpler, I have bad technique and less gear. I handhold an "off camera" flash under the camera lens barrel and use the camera on board flash which of course shoot above the lens barrel. I then follow the bugs around by hand and hope.

    My shots improved 10,000% when I bought a devoted macro lens. In my case the tammie 90mm which is a good budget macro lens.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
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  5. #1465
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    been to long since i posted in here...













    Last edited by Rooz; 12-22-2008 at 04:07 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d0od View Post
    I am amazed by these photos, I applaud you all. I have tried getting some bug close ups and have failed. Can some of you post your typical setup? Maybe have someone take a pic of you taking a pic.

    I have a Nikon D90 w/ the kit 18-105 and the 55/f1.8. Is there a "must have" macro lens?
    you definately need a macro lens to get the best quality out of it. i'd also recommend a flash if you can afford it. while my current setup is reasonabley pricey and complex, you can achieve great shots even with a single flash.

    this one is just with an sb400 and 105VR


    and this one is with an sb600 off camera and a tamron 90mm f2.8
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  7. #1467
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    Rooz - amazing stuff!!
    What can I say?

    BTW - 105VR or Tamron 90mm (or Sigma 105) ??

    I will sometime buy a macro lens - the Nikon is a touch pricey though...
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
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  8. #1468
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    I have been thinking about the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX and then later on get the SB-800 or 900. I have a SB-50 DX, but do not like using it.
    Nikon D-90 w/ kit lens | Nikon 50mm f/1.8D My lame flickr site.

  9. #1469
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Chandler View Post
    Rooz - amazing stuff!!
    What can I say?

    BTW - 105VR or Tamron 90mm (or Sigma 105) ??...
    thanks Geoff. some with the nikkor 105 and some with the nikkor 300/4.
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    Chasing butterflies with my 16-85 instead of the Tammie.
    A lesson in not leaving mots of your gear home on the desk.
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