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02-22-2012, 11:54 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I cannot resist...I find a standard magnifying lens the best to use on ants...

...OH! You are wanting to PHOTOGRAPH them. I thought you were just wanting see them sizzle!


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Unique question on ants. I have shot quite a number of times on weavers ant and I found using a shorter focal length being more feasible if I want the ant in action ie to challenge me as I go nearer as its territory is threatened. So often I used the panagor 55mm macro or the latest shot here with fa 50 f2.8 macro with a uniplus tubes and that gives me appriximately 1.5 times magnification. shot with flashlight




If I were to use a longer focal length macro, the ant will not feel threaten. Hence my choice for the work on ant is shorter focal length macro. Just my personal opinion

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The key to successful macro isn't just about the lens, it's about the lighting...
taken with the FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro.



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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
The key to successful macro isn't just about the lens, it's about the lighting...
taken with the FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro.


I totally agree with creampuff on the need to diffuse the light, eliminating harsh white spots from the image as well as the shadows.




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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The longer the macro lens, the better, as you'll be able to start farther away. The Tamron 90mm might work well also - we're about to post a review of it, so stay tuned!
I also thought so and bought the Sigma 180mm macro. Great lens, but for ants in particular I'm a lot more successful with DFA50. Bigger doesn't equal better.
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