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Extended M50 f1.7(8 pics)
Lens: SMC M50 f1.7 with extension rings Camera: K-5 ISO: 100 
Posted By: Snipes, 07-15-2012, 08:32 AM

Here a few recent macro's, made with a SMC M50 f1.7 on macro extension rings. Please feel free to comment:
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07-15-2012, 08:43 AM   #2
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Incredible! Never thought the M50 lens could deliver such beautiful images. I used to use extension tube with my FA 50/F1.4. But finally gave up because the lens had to be so close to the subject. So I am wondering how close the M50 lens to the subjects?
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All fantastic. The contrasting colors on the first three are particularly eye catching.
I'm amazed you could get this close - most of the bugs near my scatter long before I'm any where near them.
Did you use a flash?
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Outstanding images. Proof that extension tubes are really all that is needed to achieve excellent close ups. I am particularly impressed by the lighting - I assume you are using off-camera flash with some sort of diffuser? And kudos for adding the scientific names!

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So I am wondering how close the M50 lens to the subjects?
Pretty close, about 3 inches when I use 3 rings. The hoverfly's are very approachable, I can even touch them and they don't fly away. The butterflies are not that easy, so I approach them very slowly, with my finger on the shutter release...
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Did you use a flash?
Only one of these is without flash, that's the Tree bumblebee. The rest is with flash(EF-610 DG ST).

This is my set-up
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Very excellent shots well done.--charliezap
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Amazing I feel as if I am the flower.
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Fantastic. Beautiful. Amazing, all of the above.

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Stunning, and crystalline.
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Excellent series.
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Wow, these are all remarkable. I especially like #7 but would put any one of them on my wall (if I had any room left).
The exposures are perfect... do you take these in P mode or aperture, and let the camera determine the proper flash output, or was it trial and error to get the right exposures? Very impressive. I bookmarked your equipment in the hope I can do one of these at some point.
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@GeoJerry: The camera was in M-mode. My M50 is almost always at f11. How to use the flash was trial and error, so now that's on manual 1/16 with a Sto-fen diffuser and the wide-angle diffuser also deployed.
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@GeoJerry: The camera was in M-mode. My M50 is almost always at f11. How to use the flash was trial and error, so now that's on manual 1/16 with a Sto-fen diffuser and the wide-angle diffuser also deployed.
OK, gets great results! But do you think it's a lot better than a ring flash? (I haven't tried either).
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OK, gets great results! But do you think it's a lot better than a ring flash? (I haven't tried either).
Don't know, never used a ring flash. Now the flash sometimes is too hard, i.e. when shooting white flowers. I could squeeze the diaphragm a bit more, but then it's hard too see because it gets too dark. So most of the time I under-expose with the EV button.
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