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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8 - Moved from Foto Fair

I think I'm beginning to get my eye in again after the winter macro layoff, this is a 100% crop showing the compound eye of a Female Common Gnat (no feathery antenna)



and a slightly more scary shot of a False Widow my wife found in our shed. Whilst not aggressive they will bite if disturbed and can cause some damage if you happen to be allergic to them so be aware of them (more common down here in the South of England apparently)

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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8 - Moved from Foto Fair

Great shots Brian, I promise to take some more next time I get an opportunity
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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8 - Moved from Foto Fair

The detail in the head of that female gnat is extraordinary Brian. You are getting some superb results from the lens.

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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8 - Moved from Foto Fair

thanks Huw and Ron, nice to hear from you, I was feeling lonely

I look forward to seeing some more pics Huw.

Ron, that's about equal to the best I was able to get using my 5Dmk2 + 100LIS macro so I'm fairly happy with the EM-1 + 60 f2.8 (and I reckon there is more to come as I improve on my technique )
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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

This lens is not the best for this use (it was the lens on the E-M5 at the time).

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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

nearly a great shot Ross

I find that the 60mm can be an excellent short range birding lens, is a little slower to focus than some.

In this case its clearly decided to focus on the foliage top right, which focus point(s) were you using?
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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

Wow Brian I'd definitely say you'd got your eye in. Superb macros. Haven't got a 60 macro but I may dig out my old 50mm 4/3s lens and have a go just to see what I can get.
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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

Thanks, its coming together slowly, once I'm confident I can do it consistently again I have some projects I want to work on this year, then hopefully there maybe something a bit special to see

I look forward to seeing what you can get with the 50mm lens, it is a good piece of kit by all reports
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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

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nearly a great shot Ross

I find that the 60mm can be an excellent short range birding lens, is a little slower to focus than some.

In this case its clearly decided to focus on the foliage top right, which focus point(s) were you using?
Yes, it is good for sitting birds up close, but when they take to wing a faster focussing (& longer) lens is needed, but then it took flight because I was up close.
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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

another new species today, posing on our variegated Laurel, as seems to be the case for most of my bug shots so far this year. Its one of the Ichneumon wasp family and looks very new and bright.

EM-1 + 60mm macro with the Metz flash on front using ISO200, f9, 1/400th sec with the flash dialled down to 1/32 power. SAF, half-press then rock to focus using the smallest single point focus

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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

That's a good catch Brian. Do you have a diffuser (like the FL50R version) on your Metz flash. If not, there are generic ones or other softeners & deflectors (reflectors) available from ebay sellers & that helps for these occasions. Even a sheet of white paper can be used to either reflect or diffuse too.
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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

thanks Ross, it comes with a translucent diffuser that fits over the surface of the ring and I can also change the angles and ratio of the two light bars, one on each side (so its not truly a "Ring" flash although the internal reflectors make it a good approximation )
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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

Hello Brian,
Here's my contribution to your thread, it's not up to your level but I certainly agree that the 60mm is a brilliant lens and I'm looking forward to getting out with it again.


This was the first one of these butterflies I had seen for quite a few years last summer, on the same day I saw a Comma which is quite far north for them given that I am in Central Scotland.
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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

A couple more i liked from last summer. While waiting for the opportunity to use the 60mm this year.




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Re: Macro using the 60mm f2.8

thanks for your contributions Jim and Peter

Jim, that looks like a Small Copper and its a cracking image of it, loads of detail and a nice composition showing the environment. Nice soft Bokeh too

Pete, I like the unusual angle on the White (or is it a Brimstone, can't quite make it out from the shot?) You got the focus spot on the eyes with this one but still managed to keep detail of all the antenna. As you may have guessed, I'm a sucker for Bumble shots and you nailed this one, lovely soft fur detail (have you ever stroked a Bumble, the fur really is as soft as it looks.)

Please add more like these guys, it shows what the system can do in competent hands
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