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02-28-2009, 01:43 AM   #1
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DA 35mm ltd macro - watch the FOV!!!

Oops...watch the DOF....
Spring "sprang" last weekend on the west coast of Canada and I thought I would share......I shot these at F2.8...and I shouldn't have!! This is a new lens for me.....so it was a learning curve...... There is a very fine line when you are using it as a macro....
Great lens...once I get the hang of it.....

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02-28-2009, 07:02 AM   #2
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The shallow DOF is great if you have a strong subject in focus. You last shot works well like that. The small pink blooms might look better if there were a few more in sharp focus. That's just me, though. I'm surely no pro, nor qualified to instruct. I like your shots, though. I enjoy shooting plantlife, as well. They hold still for me (most of the time) Good stuff!
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Nice shots

I just put down an order for this lens yesterday, now I can't wait to get it. I am not a flower person but I love to shoot pics of delicious food.
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Shots have the strong potential to be good.

Next time use the optical preview button and keep stopping down the lens until the subject is entirely in focus...then take the snap. Less surprises.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Presto Quote
You last shot works well like that.
Agreed - the last shot is a nice one.

BTW...

FOV, or field of view, is the maximum angular view of the lens. With a prime this is constant. The 35mm has a constant 44 degree FOV.

DOF, or depth of field, is the area that is focus.
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Did you use a tripod?

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I was surprised that the DOF (thx ) was only about an 1/8th of an inch.....but I'll give it another go adjusting the F stop. I was lying on my side with the lens about an inch away....so I couldn't use my tripod but a bean bag would help.... For macro work, I'm wondering if a different lens would allow me to be back a bit....like the 100mm macro..??
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I have a question:

How close do you have to be to the subject to achieve 1:1 magnification with the 35mm Ltd?

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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
How close do you have to be to the subject to achieve 1:1 magnification with the 35mm Ltd?
I measured about 22mm from the subject to the front of the filter ring.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sean Nelson Quote
I measured about 22mm from the subject to the front of the filter ring.
That's a bit too close for insect photography. I take it the D FA 100mm is better suited for living beings?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
That's a bit too close for insect photography. I take it the D FA 100mm is better suited for living beings?
Absolutely. The longer the focal length, the larger the working distance for macro work.
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the DA35 should not really be considered a "bug and flower macro" lens, more of a normal that can focus really close
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
the DA35 should not really be considered a "bug and flower macro" lens, more of a normal that can focus really close
Probably not great for bugs, but I sure have seen some excellent flower shots from it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sean Nelson Quote
Absolutely. The longer the focal length, the larger the working distance for macro work.
Although doesn't the longer focal length undermine every attempt at hand-held macro photography? Longer focal length = longer minimum shutter speed to avoid camera shake.
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i've seen nice flower shots too, but the working distance is so short, managing light is a problem.

but proper macro should be done on a tripod anyways.
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