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04-27-2011, 05:58 PM   #166
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It even does macros @ 1:2. Stuck one of my new acquisitions, an AF-25mm ext-tube, on the 18-135 and took a quick shot of my other new (re)acquisition.
That first shot is a beauty!

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That first shot is a beauty!
Thanks. Same shot, the second image is just a 100% crop of the first.
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Thanks. Same shot, the second image is just a 100% crop of the first.
Yeah, that doesn't change my opinion.
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Yeah, that doesn't change my opinion.
Thanks.

Here's another one I just took. My wife ordered me to kill it, but I took a quick picture of it before putting it out of its misery. I have no idea what is on it's mouth! A tiny baby spider maybe???

K-5 + 18-135WR + 25mm ext tube, 60mm, 1/125s, f/14.0, iso200


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QuoteOriginally posted by dgaies Quote
Thanks.

Here's another one I just took. My wife order me to get kill it, but I took a quick picture of it before putting it out of its misery. I have no idea what is on it's mouth! A tiny baby spider maybe???

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100% crop
Wow, cool shot! But damn, I guess I'll never get into insect macro as my instinct is to kill first, photograph second.

Especially something as weird as that thing. My wife "order me to get kill it" too!
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Wow, cool shot! But damn, I guess I'll never get into insect macro as my instinct is to kill first, photograph second.

Especially something as weird as that thing. My wife "order me to get kill it" too!
See how shaken up I was dealing with the bug...I couldn't even get a proper thought into my post! I think I must have initially wrote something like "get rid of it"
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That's some freaky shit. How big was it?
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It's from the family of Pentatomoidea bugs. Somewhat small bugs. But, that's perhaps depending on your definition of "small"

While possibly a stink bug, it's most likely a normal shield bug, i.e. they don't squirt a smelly fluid in order to defend itself.

Anyone in Australia who has a citrus tree growing in their backyard would be familiar with the common Bronze-Orange bug (stink bug). Because of their liking for citrus, the smell they produce can be pretty powerful, heh.

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That's a brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive species from China that showed up in Allentown PA in 1998 and has spread to over 30 states. It has no natural predators in the US and has become a serious threat to agriculture as well as a major PITA to homeowners.

These vile bugs showed up where I live 3 or 4 years ago, and their numbers have increased dramatically every year.

It is my mission in life to kill every damned one of them I can.
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That's a brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive species from China that showed up in Allentown PA in 1998 and has spread to over 30 states. It has no natural predators in the US and has become a serious threat to agriculture as well as a major PITA to homeowners.

These vile bugs showed up where I live 3 or 4 years ago, and their numbers have increased dramatically every year.

It is my mission in life to kill every damned one of them I can.
Oh, it's certainly a stink bug (1-2cm in length)... we've got hundreds invading our house every spring. We also kill as many as we can, because as you said, they have no natural predators (other than my wife).

When I said I didn't know what it was, I was referring to the tiny spider looking thing on the tip of the stink bug's mouth

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they have no natural predator (other than my wife).
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First, I want to say how very pleased I am with the build quality of this lens. I posted a thread under the K-5 heading that the lens survived a couple hours use in mild to moderate rain, while the camera unfortunately did not. I am far from being an expert in judging the technical aspects of lenses or cameras, and whether a photo looks good to me or not is purely subjective, but I can definitely confirm that the focusing on this lens is quick, and the WR held up, which is a big reason why I purchased it in the first place. The focal range proved very convenient and useful to me on my trip to Patagonia, where I luckily managed to get a number of shots before my poor K-5 died. So, contrary to other opinions, this lens is definitely worth its price to me. A few samples, all shot in jpeg, pretty much straight from the camera:
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Subscribing to this thread. Nice pics everyone. The real-life output of this lens is quite nice.
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