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    I have been trying for this for a couple of months last year with varying degrees of success.

    I used the E500, no flash, settings C-AF, F8 Aperture priority,, single point focus.



    From my experience, I believe that the E500 C-AF performance is far better than that of the E3 (At least mine).
    Best Regards

    PeterD

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    That's an amazing shot if you did it without flash. Go on, tell us how you set it up

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      Re: Bee Fly in flight

      Originally posted by Ian View Post
      That's an amazing shot if you did it without flash. Go on, tell us how you set it up

      Ian
      Thank you Ian. To give some idea of the 'target' size for the AF, I have added the full frame images below.



      This was challenging to the AF with the wooden slats behind the tiny fly.



      This too potentially presents a problem for AF with the high contrast background objects.



      If you just do a straight forward AF search you will be lucky to get a decent image of the fly - either it shoots off before lock or the AF gets distracted by the background. Both of these are highly likely outcomes.
      I carry out a manual focus first - not to get the target to be sharp, but close enough for the AF to snap into lock. C-AF will then follow the targetand finally lock on as the shutter is fully operated. I took 15 exposures of this fly in many different areas (the darn thing just would not keep still). I only had 2 frames which I have binned. The trick is to learn how to speedily carry out a manual pre-focus. I do this by finger tip and I think I am getting quite good at it.

      Please excuse the noise in the images but that is how the came out before processing.

      As for the settings used, please see the attached .xmp files.
      Attached Files
      Best Regards

      PeterD

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      • #4
        Re: Bee Fly in flight

        Thanks for the info!

        Presumably these flies hover and are not constantly on the move?

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        • #5
          Re: Bee Fly in flight

          Originally posted by Ian View Post
          Thanks for the info!

          Presumably these flies hover and are not constantly on the move?

          Ian
          Although these are not in the hover fly Family (Syrphidae), they too are very adept at hovering. They also dart from one spot to another with great ease and hence the need to be swift in seizing the opportunity to capture them on the frame.
          The long , black extension (proboscis) is used to feed on the nectar from flowers. Another interesting thing about these is that the female will flick her eggs down towards the entrance burrows of solitary bees and wasps. The larvae, when hatched, enter the burrows and feed on the bee or wasp grubs.
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          • #6
            Re: Bee Fly in flight

            Pete I think that's an exceptional shot fully deserving of the thought and work that went into it.Very enlightening reading your methodology.
            Thanks Iain

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            • #7
              Re: Bee Fly in flight

              Thank you Iain. I hope my description of the setup is helpful to others.

              Until now, I had not appreciated just how well the good old E500 performs. I am certainly glad that I hung onto it when I purchased the E3. The delemna will come when the E3 successor is released - what do I do then?
              Best Regards

              PeterD

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              • #8
                Re: Bee Fly in flight

                Peter, great shot, and thanks for the discription of who you did it. The green background and fly placement turned out well.

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                • #9
                  Re: Bee Fly in flight

                  Thanks for your kind comments Danny.
                  Best Regards

                  PeterD

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bee Fly in flight

                    Amazing shot Peter
                    Regards Huw


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                    • #11
                      Re: Bee Fly in flight

                      Great shots and skill I have trouble trying to get a gull in flight let alone a Bee!
                      Ed

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Greytop View Post
                        Amazing shot Peter
                        Originally posted by Wee man View Post
                        Great shots and skill I have trouble trying to get a gull in flight let alone a Bee!
                        Thank you Huw and Wee Man. I hope that the settings files I posted will help others to try it out. Huw, I used the Sigma 150 Macro for these shots.
                        Best Regards

                        PeterD

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                        • #13
                          Re: Bee Fly in flight

                          Found my friend again today.



                          This time against a nice clear background so I thought I would post it here.
                          It seems to have lost the end of one of his rear pair of legs.
                          Best Regards

                          PeterD

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                          • #14
                            Re: Bee Fly in flight

                            Superb work again Peter, such sharpness in flight is a real skill, hats off to you

                            Actually I spotted the same species in our garden late this afternoon and captured a few (not in fight, I hasten to add). I happened to be making use of the 50-200 and EC-14 at the time and was surprised at how well they came out. I will post in another thread.
                            Regards Huw


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                              Re: Bee Fly in flight

                              Originally posted by Greytop View Post
                              Superb work again Peter, such sharpness in flight is a real skill, hats off to you

                              Actually I spotted the same species in our garden late this afternoon and captured a few (not in fight, I hasten to add). I happened to be making use of the 50-200 and EC-14 at the time and was surprised at how well they came out. I will post in another thread.
                              Thanks for your comments. It looks better with a almost uniform background ensuring there are no distractions.

                              I shall keep an eye out for your images. When are you likely to post them? If you like, post them here.

                              Take care and good shooting
                              Best Regards

                              PeterD

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