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First macro - wow it's not easy eh?
Lens: M 50mm 1.7 Camera: K-x 
Posted By: A-z, 07-01-2010, 12:18 PM

Just got some extension tubes to play with

Stuck on my M 50mm 1.7 and went outside. Shot around 60 shots and only got about 5 that aren't totally blurry - I can see that a tripod would be really useful!

Didn't realise that I couldn't do stop down metering with the green button... I guess it's because there's no electronic points on the tubes, or am I missing something??

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07-01-2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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I like the second one. exif?
07-01-2010, 01:18 PM   #3
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Thanks! I dont know how to keep the exif data with the image - will read up on that.

1st photo: iso400, 50mm, f5.6, 1/80
2nd photo: iso6400, 50mm, f8, 1/125
3rd photo: iso1000, 50mm, f11, 1/60
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Tried with a 135mm lens - much easier to catch the focus handheld.

This spider is about 5mm long!

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07-02-2010, 09:52 PM   #5
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tripod and focusing rack help

I use a tripod and a focusing rack (built into a bellows). I am not that steady and tend to get a sore back and shoulders after a while.

I have read some hand held users will use a broom stick or bean pole to steady the hand that has the camera.

When I do shoot hand held, I will shoot in burst mode and slow sway in and out of the subject. One of the shots in the series will work.

This is a hand held with that technique (and on the bellows with an inexpensive enlarging lens you see as my member icon).


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