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08-09-2015, 12:08 AM   #1
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macro shots with the k-50?

any tips on taking macro shots with the k-50, 18-135?

i am trying to get some nice photos of diamond rings but can't seem the best way to do it.

right now i am just using "scene" mode on the dial and then "macro" and it is not coming out that nice.


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I suggest zooming in almost all the way (so if you have the 18-55mm lens set it at 45 or so) and then just close in on what you want to photograph, keeping it in the centre of the frame.

Edit: didn't red lol. Set to about 70 or 80mm and close in on the rings. I believe you'll get better results at that focal length.

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Like the previous poster said, zoom to 135 mm and put the ring in the center of the frame.
To improve the photos:
- try to have as much light as possible, and then increase the aperture (set the camera into A mode, and turn the front wheel)
- try to have at least 1/200 s shutter speed (to avoid shake) or use a tripod
- make sure that you focus on the ring and not behind/in front of it

good luck!
08-09-2015, 05:16 AM   #4
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Diamond Rings, I find, don't look very impressive on close up. It's all about light.

Make sure it's clean.
Set up some sort of side lighting.
Position on a nice dark glass surface like an iPad screen (off).
Ensure you back the image with a suitable tidy background.

Kelby just posted a minute clip on this a few days ago.

Be sure to use Tripod and live view for critical focus.

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thanks everyone for the feedback.
11-18-2015, 07:01 PM   #6
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I've been using so-called "close-up filters", actually magnifying lenses that go on the front of an ordinary lens. good ones made by Hoya available at B&H, much cheaper than a real macro lens, and remarkably effective with a telephoto zoom. not aspherical, so the area in focus is limited to the center of the picture, and the out-of-focus part increases with the diopter. attachment pictures done w/10x closeup lens. leaves of forsythia bush; drips of pine tree sap; dog claws; & fly. note fly wing in focus, the rest fuzzy.

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