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cadman342001 wrote:
A couple of quick pics of my latest macro set up utilising the Bush Hawk left over from birding days.
The trigger button provided by the Bush hawk is nice, makes it easier to get shots whilst holding the whole thing steady. The flash bracket is quality but I want to get the flash parallel to the lens with just the flash head/diffuser pointing down over the subject. Suggestions ? I suppose a smaller flash would be a start but which one ? must be el cheapo !

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5591/15241183472_7035d6041e_b.jpg_AGM6200 by AndyMacDougallPhotography, on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5559/15054998437_b0ea24a601_b.jpg_AGM6201 by AndyMacDougallPhotography, on Flickr

Andy



Andy, very nice combo!
I have a Bush Hawk for birding and think your idea is great to use heavier lenses for macros as the 105/2.8 or 200/4.

As for a small and light flash, I suggest the discontinued SB-400 as an option.

Below is my macro combo lately, with a ridiculously homemade "flash diffuser"
the TC14 can be replaced by the TC16A sometimes.

Macro combo by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7100 + TC14A teleconverter + PK13 (27.5mm) tube + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 ais + Wimberley macro bracket + SC-17 cord + SB-400 flash + improvised diffuser (protection plastic of a 72mm UV filter) + HN-3 hood.
Shot with D600 + Micro 55/3.5.
Magnification is from 0.72x (lens set to infinity focus) to 1.42x (lens set to MFD - 25cm); considering D7100 sensor (1.5 crop), effectively a range from 1.1 x to 2.1x.
The only disadvantage is the truly short working distance from 4cm (2.1x) to 10cm (0.72x), including the hood.



Sep 15, 2014 at 01:09 AM
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NightOwl Cat wrote:
Nope. I base my WAG on the fact that Ray sent his D600 in for the service advisory and they are sending him the 610 in return, that or he fell victim to Ken's Df and has one of his own coming and Reagan, fifty lashes for you!

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He turned "slacker" and is using my V1 with the 10-30mm on "P"



Sep 15, 2014 at 02:03 AM
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Jose and Andy, you guys should stop by the Macro World forum and post your setup on the thread devoted for that purpose. Although I can't imagine doing classical macro work as the two of you do so well, I love seeing how folks go about their work. On that thread you'll see some AMAZING pieces of gear. Of course, when I met Kevin and his wife Donna today, he generously gave me one of his tripods, with the intimation I'd use it for macro work...

I think I'll so some shoreline work and some night shooting above the Golden Gate bridge first...



Sep 15, 2014 at 02:08 AM
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I'm happy to report that Kevin is a candidate for the grey beard club founded by Leighton and me... of course he'll need to wait a few years for those white strands to spread. Kevin, of course, has maintained his anonymity on this thread. I told him when we met for lunch this afternoon that this was about to end. So here is our friend Kevin and following that is a photo of him and his delightful wife Donna. We had a great time together, but as Kevin noted, our partners simply smiled at one another whenever Kevin and I began talking gear. No doubt, had we been alone, that conversation would have gone much longer and covered many more topics...

These were shot with the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI. Kevin had his 55 f/1.2 AI with him and it is a really beautiful lens in excellent condition. IF he sells it, whomever buys it will be very happy.



Thanks for the tripod Kevin. I promise to put it to good use.



Sep 15, 2014 at 02:13 AM
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Kangaroo looking for a fight...fist clenched.... "C'mon...!"
180 2.8









Sep 15, 2014 at 03:59 AM
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Back home, marking the end of the vacation with my usual sunset drive to Double peak, first sunset for the 180 2.8 ED

Wonderful lens, fully sharp at 2.8, what colors too, this is at landscape setting with no further color processing. A lot of smoke from the fires creating this red sunset.

nikon nikkor 180mm 2.8 ED ais D3 Double peak September Sunset by Rafael CA, on Flickr

nikon nikkor 180mm 2.8 ED ais D3 1973 Corvette Sunset by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Encinas power plant, Palomar airport, agua caliente lagoon, Santa Catalina Island.

nikon nikkor 180mm 2.8 ED ais D3 Double peak September Sunset sun gone by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Sep 15, 2014 at 04:19 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
To celebrate my new camera arriving tomorrow. Here's a few from the Kennedy Space Center using the 16mm 3.5

NightOwl Cat wrote:
It's either a D610 or a DF

rafaelcasd wrote:
Or he is NPS and got a D750.

Reagan wrote[b/]:
I think he is going back to Canon


Hmmmm, maybe Ray's going to be a beta tester for Nikon's new 50MP camera.

http://petapixel.com/2014/07/29/rumor-nikon-planning-release-camera-featuring-sonys-50mp-medium-format-sensor/



Sep 15, 2014 at 05:32 AM
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Joan's stand up paddle boarder made me think of this one. A pretty pedestrian surf shot, but I liked the red curb on Velvia 50.






Red Curb Nikon F100 Nikkor 105mm 2.5 ais 1/60s f11 ISO 50




Sep 15, 2014 at 05:39 AM
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Leave it to Ray to tantalize us and then disappear...

I put the 200 f/4 Q,C, AI in my camera bag. It is such a beautiful lens that I felt I needed to put it to use. This is a rather mundane shot, but handheld at f/4 it is not too shabby. So I share it with folks on this thread. I call it "power to the people."




Sep 15, 2014 at 05:40 AM
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You're very welcome for the tripod. I figured that your posts and images brought me back into photography in a very positive way, it was the least I could do as a thank you.

Thanks for the pics! My hair was a bit funky being inside a hat all day, but no matter. I haven't pulled my pics out of the camera yet so jury is out on how they did. Also, thanks for lunch. Was delicious. Sue is such a sweetheart. Wish we had more time. Would love to see your collection.

CGrindahl wrote:

I'm happy to report that Kevin is a candidate for the grey beard club founded by Leighton and me... of course he'll need to wait a few years for those white strands to spread. Kevin, of course, has maintained his anonymity on this thread. I told him when we met for lunch this afternoon that this was about to end. So here is our friend Kevin and following that is a photo of him and his delightful wife Donna. We had a great time together, but as Kevin noted, our partners simply smiled at one another whenever Kevin and I
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since we are posting big red cars on this page, I'll put mine up large as well

It's a red Ferrari, it sounded glorious, and then it began to spit fire.My day was made

600mm f/4.0 AIS on D600, full frame, no crop here. I like the lens again. Won't be selling it anytime soon

f/8.0 1/1000s ISO 100 on monopod


Ferrari in all its glory




Sep 15, 2014 at 06:00 AM
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Now you're talking...red cars...Ferrari. Magnificent. Either the 500mm or 600mm is next on my MF Glass wish list, not sure which. And probably not soon, so plenty of time to think about it.


Sep 15, 2014 at 06:05 AM
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Kevin, congratulations on the aniversary.
Hold on to that 55mm. I think it would be a mistake to let it go. Just take good care of it and enjoy it at whatever aperture you want to. I took most of yesterdays photos at f2 where it is very sharp and contrasty and still very different from a 50mm f1,4 or 50mm f2.,I have watched prices go up and it is such a great lens that I still want a second copy.

It renders such unique pictures at every aperture that I can not imagine leaving home without it. On a full frame sensor it becomes a wholly new lens but I also really like it on a 1.5x crop sensor.

Curtis, it's nice to see you brought the 200mm f4 Nikkor-Q.C Auto out to play. I always find it amazingly sharp. Sometimes so much so that I almost want to reduce sharpness in post processing. In my use of the lens I never had a problem with CA or other artefacts or distortion. An amazing feat given that this is such a simple lens design. But one in a beautifully crafted package. It's a joy to look at IMO



Sep 15, 2014 at 06:56 AM
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Thanks everyone for the comments and likes on the new sets of sunflowers. These are all facing east, and since I was there in the afternoon, the sun was behind them, making them all difficult to get a nice shot. Remembered I'd packed the flash, so went back to the trunk and attached the flash to the hotshoe. Set the flash to -2 if I remember correctly. Then just brought them in to Photoshop, which btw, it seems that money I spent taking that class last year was well spent as I'm now more comfortable in Photoshop, and a sharpening tweak and resample.


Sep 15, 2014 at 09:41 AM
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Thanks Ray, Felix was one wonderful model for sure, could always get him to pose for me.

MDoc9523 wrote:
Thanks laura. That is one amazing photo. Such beautiful cats eyes!





Sep 15, 2014 at 09:49 AM
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Wait, the SB-400 is now discontinued? That and the iPod Classic news, what a bummer.

asiostygius wrote:
Andy, very nice combo!
I have a Bush Hawk for birding and think your idea is great to use heavier lenses for macros as the 105/2.8 or 200/4.

As for a small and light flash, I suggest the discontinued SB-400 as an option.

Below is my macro combo lately, with a ridiculously homemade "flash diffuser"
the TC14 can be replaced by the TC16A sometimes.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5577/15222080171_77cef39033_b.jpgMacro combo by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7100 + TC14A teleconverter + PK13 (27.5mm) tube + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 ais + Wimberley macro bracket + SC-17 cord + SB-400 flash + improvised diffuser (protection plastic of a 72mm UV filter) + HN-3
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Sep 15, 2014 at 09:52 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:

I'm happy to report that Kevin is a candidate for the grey beard club founded by Leighton and me... of course he'll need to wait a few years for those white strands to spread. Kevin, of course, has maintained his anonymity on this thread. I told him when we met for lunch this afternoon that this was about to end. So here is our friend Kevin and following that is a photo of him and his delightful wife Donna. We had a great time together, but as Kevin noted, our partners simply smiled at one another whenever Kevin and I
...Show more

Always fun when members get together! Great portrait of Kevin and his lovely wife. I'm not sure he quite qualifies for the the club right now, he may need a few more years. Maybe we can bring him in as a junior member.



Sep 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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Only a few more shots left from my excursion last weekend





NightOwl Cat 2014

  NIKON D700    16mm    f/5.6    1/250s    200 ISO    -2.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2014

Ginormous Sunflower

  NIKON D700    50mm    f/4.0    1/800s    200 ISO    -2.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2014

  NIKON D700    50mm    f/4.0    1/200s    1400 ISO    -2.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2014

  NIKON D700    50mm    f/4.0    1/200s    2500 ISO    -2.0 EV  




Sep 15, 2014 at 10:04 AM
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p.4090 #19 · p.4090 #19 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Laura, you know I'm going to love the last two! A Jersey calf is probably the cutest baby farm animal there is. Except maybe a baby pig.


Sep 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM
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Thanks Leighton, the last two were taken in their petting barn, so there's lots of small children in there as well, luckily I caught a break so I could get down and shoot that angle. The calf kept coming over every time I raised the camera

leighton w wrote:
Laura, you know I'm going to love the last two! A Jersey calf is probably the cutest baby farm animal there is. Except maybe a baby pig.





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