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Re: closeup lumix pics :EEK:

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I've been there.

The place to look for macro inspiration is:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/board/45

or www.photomacrography.net

Harold
Thanks for the links. Certainly inspirational. Some of it just makes me want to pack up & go home.

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Re: closeup lumix pics :EEK:

Its not what you use so much as the lighting and technique IMO this is with a panasonic FZ200 and probably a raynox 150 or 250 and a Yongnou twin flash

not my shot


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Re: closeup lumix pics :EEK:

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From time to time I try AF for close-ups, macro and general photography. To summarize, I find it unreliable, unnecessary and it just slows me down.

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I do not use AF if I can avoid it but with the 60mm I have to sometimes as the MF is too bloody slow

Back button focus helps and rock but its too hit and miss so the Sigma 105 still gets used more
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Re: closeup lumix pics :EEK:

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I do not use AF if I can avoid it but with the 60mm I have to sometimes as the MF is too bloody slow
The secret of MF success is to prefocus on something of about the right size and get your framing right and set your aperture, flash anggles, etc. If, instead, you approach your insect, then start fiddling excessively with focusing, etc. it will spook the subject into at least repositioning, more likely departure. That is what I practice daily. Your fine focus is your back muscles!

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The secret of MF success is to prefocus on something of about the right size and get your framing right and set your aperture, flash anggles, etc. If, instead, you approach your insect, then start fiddling excessively with focusing, etc. it will spook the subject into at least repositioning, more likely departure. That is what I practice daily. Your fine focus is your back muscles!

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I am happy using MF on the sigma I rarely scare anything
With the 60mm they die of old age though with MF
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I am happy using MF on the sigma I rarely scare anything
With the 60mm they die of old age though with MF
It's that 'Focus by Wire' thing that is not my favourite. I've been spoilt with the manual clutch drive of the Sigma 150 macro lens (for want of a better description, similar to SWD lenses). That's why I will drive it to 1:1 with the side dial before moving in to then focus on the beastie, if I want it close. I also do that with the Sigma too though. At least that has the AF/MF switch on the side that can be quickly changed without thinking instead of having to think where the MF selection is on the camera & the E-M1 camera acknowledges it (unlike earlier DSLR models).
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It's that 'Focus by Wire' thing that is not my favourite. I've been spoilt with the manual clutch drive of the Sigma 150 macro lens (for want of a better description, similar to SWD lenses). That's why I will drive it to 1:1 with the side dial before moving in to then focus on the beastie, if I want it close. I also do that with the Sigma too though. At least that has the AF/MF switch on the side that can be quickly changed without thinking instead of having to think where the MF selection is on the camera & the E-M1 camera acknowledges it (unlike earlier DSLR models).
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Re: closeup lumix pics :EEK:

Sold the 60mm marco. The Lumix FZ200 will fill the hole

I might keep an eye out for a used and cheap 40-150 although I feel the lumix FZ300 is more versatile and just as good for me. . Been using the Lumix more of late

And I have posted more street pics on facebook if anyone is interested
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