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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Auto Focus and Insects


Hey, I've photographed insects for many years using manual lenses. I know there have been incredible advancements in auto focus systems, but the last times I used auto focus macro lenses they were too slow to be useful. Has this changed at all? Do any manufacturers have lenses with fast enough focusing motors and systems to be useful? I'm open to any system. In theory I would like something as close to 1:1 Macro or maybe even more so I realize I might be asking for a bit too much.

What is working for you in the autofocus world?



Jun 25, 2024 at 10:40 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Auto Focus and Insects


macawphoto wrote:
Hey, I've photographed insects for many years using manual lenses. I know there have been incredible advancements in auto focus systems, but the last times I used auto focus macro lenses they were too slow to be useful. Has this changed at all? Do any manufacturers have lenses with fast enough focusing motors and systems to be useful? I'm open to any system. In theory I would like something as close to 1:1 Macro or maybe even more so I realize I might be asking for a bit too much.

What is working for you in the autofocus world?

I use AF to get close but normally fine tune the image with MF to be sure.
I found this person and his website to be most informative.
https://www.geofflawrence.com/macro_photography.html
Good luck!
Dan




Jun 26, 2024 at 10:30 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Auto Focus and Insects


I shoot macro most days, as I have done for decades.

The only subjects I find AF to be useful for is dragonflies.

Your body and hand movements are your focusing mechanism for macro.

Harold




Jun 28, 2024 at 10:27 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Auto Focus and Insects


At life size and higher magnification I don't think that auto focus is all that useful. It's better to pick a spot where you want the focus to start and then twist the camera, or the subject's perch, to lay the area of acceptable focus over as much of the subject as possible.

Leaf Cutter Bee in Lavender by John Kimbler, on Flickr

The alternative is focus stacking, which comes with its own set of limitations.



Jun 29, 2024 at 03:31 PM







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