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I have 4/3 x2 and x1.4 tubes, both bought from members. The x2 is behind my 4/3 50mm f2 most of the time, a lens in another class.

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I meant the EX25 extension tube, no glass. Those are the teleconverters.

I just tried the extension tube and the 50-200 and 70-300 and the quality is better with the 50-200 but I don't think it helps with the situation. The 70-300 was slightly more interesting. The zoom action brings a things into rapid zone focus and then the focus ring works with the focus peaking to enable rapid focus selection.

I use saf with mf to enable tweaking. On my quick play I just switched the lens to MF.

I will stick to my current set-up but if you have an EX25 then it may be worth a play. Not sure of the benefits against teleconverters. Not my area.
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I meant the EX25 extension tube, no glass. Those are the teleconverters.

I just tried the extension tube and the 50-200 and 70-300 and the quality is better with the 50-200 but I don't think it helps with the situation. The 70-300 was slightly more interesting. The zoom action brings a things into rapid zone focus and then the focus ring works with the focus peaking to enable rapid focus selection.

I use saf with mf to enable tweaking. On my quick play I just switched the lens to MF.

I will stick to my current set-up but if you have an EX25 then it may be worth a play. Not sure of the benefits against teleconverters. Not my area.
I also have the tube. I can't see it helping at roof level!

Just saw our first Orange Tips, two males, and saw a Holly Blue twice this morning.

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I also have the tube. I can't see it helping at roof level!
....as I said above: I just tried the extension tube and the 50-200 and 70-300 and the quality is better with the 50-200 but I don't think it helps with the situation. So maybe I could have said it clearer.

But if you haven't tried it with the 70-300 it does operate in an interesting way...but that is up to you. You can only lead a horse to water...

To be as clear as I can. I'd never tried it before with the 70-300 only with the 50 macro which it does work well with and was meant for. But sometimes different things work in helpful ways. The 70-300 is useless at AF but seems to work as a sort of telemacro with that particular combination in manual. But manual is not a great thing for me...because of my eyesight. You might find a use for it, at the sort of distances at which it works.
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....as I said above: I just tried the extension tube and the 50-200 and 70-300 and the quality is better with the 50-200 but I don't think it helps with the situation. So maybe I could have said it clearer.
It was clear. Couldn't resist!

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It was clear. Couldn't resist!

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You need to get on that roof, preferably with the wobbly stool. I know you might not want to but I do need to push you...
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Several years ago, I tried a 30mm tube with a, definitely non-macro, 300mm film prime and it gave a good telemacro for larger insects but I didn't investigate it further, not least because the lens alone is 2.5kg. Potentially useful for something like a dragonfly resting up a tree.

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Several years ago, I tried a 30mm tube with a, definitely non-macro, 300mm film prime and it gave a good telemacro for larger insects but I didn't investigate it further, not least because the lens alone is 2.5kg. Potentially useful for something like a dragonfly resting up a tree.

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In the film era I used the OM 300mm with the telescopic extension tube for quite a bit of plant/flower photography. It was very useful for isolating the subject. As the 300mm and extension tube use the same tripod mount and I had the same model AS quick release plate on each I could tie the two together with a long clamp. The long clamp was mounted on an 8 inch plate which doubled as a focus slide.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Bug from my files

Here is a cream and black bug from last summer. I am fairly sure that it is a Mirid species Grypocoris stysi, which is supposed to be quite common.

These were left unprocessed, as I was hoping for better ones. These have been processed through DxO Pro 9 Prime.

The only technical details:

EM-1, compulsory flash (twin).

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

An Autumn Hoverfly

I am looking at images left "unsorted" from 2015. This was at our local sailing club in September. Probably: EM-1 (manual mode), Kiron 105mm f16, twin flash, hand-held.

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Harlequin Ladybird

I am looking at images left "unsorted" from 2015. This was at our local sailing club in September. Probably: EM-1 (manual mode), Kiron 105mm f16, twin flash, hand-held.

Images cropped by about one third.

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Peacock by Mark Johnson, on Flickr

Todays Peacock

Brimstone by Mark Johnson, on Flickr

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Specled Wood by Mark Johnson, on Flickr

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Well after an hour or two chasing bee flies around the garden to try and get a BFiF photo (and failing) this is the nearest I got, a little disappointing, as the angle of view is from to far behind rather than more angled towards the front, and the focus point is not on the eye, but on the bit between the wings...

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Well after an hour or two chasing bee flies around the garden to try and get a BFiF photo (and failing) this is the nearest I got, a little disappointing, as the angle of view is from to far behind rather than more angled towards the front, and the focus point is not on the eye, but on the bit between the wings...
I found a little more to be teased out:



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Issus coleoptratus

I see these nymphs every year. They are only about 6mm long, like to sit on vertical surfaces and are very evasive of the lens. The tuft of bristles extending backwards from the rear of the abdomen is characteristic.

This one was on the plastic wall of a shed, just next to the ivy-covered garden wall. Getting the lens in very close was extremely difficult and the flash gun on its L-bracket was crunching against the wall. The second flash had to be squeezed up against the lens, hoping some light would get past.

I thought I had artifacts from the processing of highlights in the first image but a close examination showed it to be some white solid matter on the bug. Even at f16, I couldn't get full DOF from above.

Olympus EM-1, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, indicated aperture f16, twin flash, hand-held.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1375991/

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