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12-04-2007, 04:01 AM   #1
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Two mantis shots shot by A* 200mm macro and Voigtlander 125mm macro

I happened to shoot 2 macros of mantis under different setting and environment using these 2 lenses respectively.

Which one turns out better?

A* 200mm f4 macro

1/20s f/4.5 at 200.0mm iso1600

Voigtlander 125mm f2.5 macro

1/50s f/4.0 at 120.0mm iso400 full exif



12-04-2007, 04:47 AM   #2
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The pose in the first one is better...a classic. Too bad about the shallow DOF. It's the dark line of the 'neck' (I know it's not called that !) under the mouth that is distracting for the second one.

Neat shots!
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I can't help but think of the Men in Black movie everytime I see pictures of these guys. Nice work #1 is the better of the two. I like the color better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vievetrick Quote
I can't help but think of the Men in Black movie everytime I see pictures of these guys. Nice work #1 is the better of the two. I like the color better.
Alien is the movie that I'm thinking, although those monsters were modeled more after dragonfly larvae than manti. But I agree on the images, the first one is better. The second one has a divided feel to it, almost like two images superimposed.

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12-04-2007, 08:04 AM   #5
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I like the first one best... the green background lends a nature flavor.
The background in the second, with the legs and all makes it feel like the photo was taken in the lab, not that there is anything wrong with that.
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I'm wondering what is behind the dramatically different color renderings; it's odd because I get gobs of color w/my 125/2.5 in macro? Was #2 in shade while #1 in direct sunlight? Or was flash used in one and not the other? It's odd to have that sliver of bright green color in the oof of #2 but not on the mantis.
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No 1 is the best of two. Colors are very nice! Maybe greated DOF could be used, to make at least one eye perfectly in focus.
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#1 for teh win!


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