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02-20-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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Lens for ants

What would be the best lens to shoot ants with?

02-20-2012, 01:28 PM   #2
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I'd suggest one of the longer macros - 90+mm. I have an FA100 macro which is similar to the DA and DA100mm WR macros.
If the ants aren't moving you can probably make one of the reversed-lens setups. There are a couple good macro threads in the Lens discussion board here.
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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!

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02-20-2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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I used the M 100 F4 Macro and worked fine, giving enough working distance. A ring flash also helped a lot to get a nice even illumination.

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Thanx dudes

Your input is much appreciated.

Could I ask you what brand of ringflash youre using? Im thinking of investing in one but not sure what to get.

Thanx again, what friendly people you are
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S-M-C Bellows Takumar 1:4 100mm on bellows. Find a trail, focus on the trail, press shutter as ant(s) comes into focus...
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Because of the very limited depth of feild I would use one of the 60mm macros with ringflash.
Assuming your using APSC of course. Or use a tent and carry your subject and photograph them in an artificial enviroment.
To be honnest, this is the best bet for great pics. A little secret for you....... Place them in the fridge for 15 miniutes !
it slows down there metabolism. It wont harm them though. It will prob give you about ten seconds before he sprints off again lol.
Good luck !
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jenimal Quote
Could I ask you what brand of ringflash youre using? Im thinking of investing in one but not sure what to get.
I use a Sunpak Auto DX 12R. It's manual but it has full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 power settings allowing great light control. It also has LED lights to help focusing.

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...... Place them in the fridge for 15 miniutes !
it slows down their metabolism. It wont harm them though. It will prob give you about ten seconds before he sprints off again lol.
Good luck !
Place your hands in boiling water for 15 minutes!...it won't harm them...
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Place your hands in boiling water for 15 minutes!...it won't harm them...
Im not even going to ask lol
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It is possible to get ant pictures with a 50mm macro, but it takes a lot of luck.


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Chilling bugs is a great way to get better shots of timid/flighty ones. Depending on the bug and the fridge, more than 15 minutes may be necessary. As long as they have air, it won't hurt them.

I once forgot one in the fridge for nearly three months, found it when cleaning out. I assumed it would be dead, but once it warmed up a bit it was just fine. I took this shot of it when it recovered from its ordeal. Condensation inside the container must have kept it going. It had air slits cut in it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jenimal Quote
Lens for ants
Ants can be shot with many different macro lenses with many different focals...


This one here was done with a Vivitar 50mm 1:1 Macro:


This little guy here was done with a Panagor 90mm 1:1 Macro:


This snap here was done with a Rikenon P 50mm 1.7 w/ Extension Tube:


This guy here was done with a Panagor 90mm 1:1 Macro:
[NOTE: This photo has been chosen to be reproduced and displayed at natural resources education centers here in Maryland]
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I like the Sigma 70 macro a lot for shooting bugs.

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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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