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Eyvind Ness
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Jeff, I like your moody December florals, reminds me of a couple of similar shots from this time of the year, all with the previous Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro (non-OS):











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So, I guess I really enjoy the 150mm focal length for florals, of any type :-)

Cheers,
Eyvind



Dec 09, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Jeff Nolten
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p.2 #2 · Best lens for flower picture


Nice. Are those frost crystals? I got to visit the snow once.


Dec 09, 2011 at 09:14 PM
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An example where I needed the 135L at f2 to get a completely blurred background









we could start a new flower thread



Dec 09, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Jeff Nolten
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Geert Koning wrote:
we could start a new flower thread


Sounds good to me but we could make it a blurry background thread or a dead (winter) flower thread just to change it up a bit. I enjoy seeing what equipment people use to photograph these frequent subjects.



Dec 09, 2011 at 10:34 PM
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Just wonderful examples of good floral photography.

Thanks all for sharing.



Dec 09, 2011 at 10:46 PM
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p.2 #6 · Best lens for flower picture


While this could be an ad thread for the 100L, you can probably take great flower shots with just about any lens, as PetKal demonstrates.
Great shots all around.



Dec 09, 2011 at 10:52 PM
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Lovely floral examples. My kind of thread.
Zeiss 100 ZE MP for me:






I also use the Canon 400mm 5.6L for this as well and it works great as long as you are okay with the MFD.

There are lots of ways to approach this and it does depend on your mood to Peter's point. - Paul



Dec 09, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Jeff Nolten
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pinball_pw wrote:
Zeiss 100 ZE MP for me:


Does the AF confirm work accurately while manual focusing on the 100ZE? I have one of those chipped M42 screwmount adapters and while the focus confirm works, I don't think its that accurate.



Dec 09, 2011 at 11:09 PM
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85 L with tube:






CZ 100 ZE MP:
















Zeiss 50 MP:







Dec 10, 2011 at 12:20 AM
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I see and hear all these Canon and others lenses, and yet i would offer one of Canons s harpest lens and least expensive lenses- their 135 f2.8 Soft Focus lenses. That with some tubes- is outstanding, and creative beyond the other s mentioned or shown.
Harry Palmer



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Jeff Nolten wrote:
Does the AF confirm work accurately while manual focusing on the 100ZE? I have one of those chipped M42 screwmount adapters and while the focus confirm works, I don't think its that accurate.


It does for me. No adapter required though for the ZE mount though. Most of florals are done with live view though.



Dec 10, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Jeff Nolten
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p.2 #12 · Best lens for flower picture


Thanks PPW, too many lenses too little time - or money.


Dec 10, 2011 at 03:26 AM
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Hi Jeff...With the 5D my favorite lens for flowers is the 135 2.0, with a kenko tube. Once in awhile I will play with the 85 1.8 ? End up going right back to the 135mm 2.0. Often wish Canon would put out a macro 135mm 2.0 ! Til then you will never look back with the 135 on full frame!













Butterflies too! All with the 135mm 2.0













Good luck to you...lots of choices always...Terry



Dec 10, 2011 at 03:42 AM
Jeff Nolten
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Beautiful Terry. It sure seems the lens for DOF control, I should rent one to see if it would be too redundant along side my 100L. Thanks. When I can't be traveling most of the interesting subjects around here are smallish - flowers, butterflies, hummingbirds. A fast 135 seems a good focal length, perhaps with tubes as you say. Well, hummers take longer.


Dec 10, 2011 at 02:30 PM
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Thanks Jeff....I once owned the 100mm 2.8(non L)....bought on buy and sell...nice sharp copy, sold it and never looked back. Really enjoy the 135mm focal length for flowers....

here are 2 more I really like....both with 135....first F4, 2nd photo F2.2














These are all from my yard! I love flowers...and photography. I catch myself growing a certain bulb to photograph it next yr! lol Terry



Dec 10, 2011 at 07:12 PM
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My favourite lens for flower photography was the 50mm f/2.5 macro until it broke, but I just got a 100mm IS L and it's a great lens for flowers!




Dec 10, 2011 at 07:41 PM
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p.2 #17 · Best lens for flower picture


Wow SKumar. Lovely shots.
r-click/save.



Dec 10, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Jeff Nolten
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tbartick wrote:
I catch myself growing a certain bulb to photograph it next yr! lol Terry


We're not nearly so organized, but we've been planting the bulbs that come in those flowering bulb bowls you can get a Costco. We've got quite a random assortment that come up. I see you're from San Diego as well. Do you have any bulbs blooming now? They are very early - a lot of our plants think its spring already.

Hope we get sufficient rain for a good desert bloom this March. Thats when I really put my skills to the test. And a macro comes in very handy as some of the blooms are tiny. Here are a couple from this last March taken with the 5D2 and EFs 60 macro with 12 mm of extension. I was experimenting, the 100 macro would probably have been better but the 60 is a nice lens.












Dec 10, 2011 at 09:19 PM
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I think you can pull off great flower shots with almost anything. My personal favorites have been with my 180L but my 24L is not far behind - two very different lenses. Depends on your vision and technique imho.


Dec 11, 2011 at 03:27 PM
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