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09-01-2014, 11:48 AM   #1
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How many of you macro shooters

use LV instead of the VF?

I have tried using LV but it just isn't working for me. So what do you say?

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With the Q, yes -- because there's no other choice.

With the K10D, no -- because there's no other choice.

With the K-5, rarely. K-5 LV isn't the greatest and my main use for it is focusing in very low light.
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With the k-5 / k-5IIs sometimes.

With the k-3, almost always if I'm using the tripod. Focus peaking really does help.
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Tried it with the K30, but the mirror movement with each exposure just introduces camera shake, so it's either hand held or, if using a tripod, VF and self timer for me!

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Okay thanks, baro-nite and jatrax. I guess with me using the VF it's more comfortable and the way I used to do when doing macro with film. I heard of others using LV and tried it, was not impressed.

And I still haven't worked out how you all use a Tripod while shooting macro. I mean, with me, I have to move the camera in and out to get focus. How's that work for moving a tripod in and out?
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When doing macro and have my K-5 on a tripod always LV.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady95 Quote
Okay thanks, baro-nite and jatrax. I guess with me using the VF it's more comfortable and the way I used to do when doing macro with film. I heard of others using LV and tried it, was not impressed.

And I still haven't worked out how you all use a Tripod while shooting macro. I mean, with me, I have to move the camera in and out to get focus. How's that work for moving a tripod in and out?


I only use a tripod inside usually, so I can move either the tripod or the subject / shooting surface. Outside there's usually enough light, and I feel a tripod is just too cumbersome.
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No live view for me unless it's my K-01, and i rarely use the K-01 with a macro lens. All this raving about live view for macro, leaves me scratching my head.

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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady95 Quote
How's that work for moving a tripod in and out?
A royal pain. Just getting the tripod to approximately the right position in the first place is a pain. Once there, though, a macro rail or at least a long rail attached to the camera plate (I use Arca-Swiss compatible tripod heads) really helps.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady95 Quote
And I still haven't worked out how you all use a Tripod while shooting macro. I mean, with me, I have to move the camera in and out to get focus. How's that work for moving a tripod in and out?
Focusing rail, or macro rail whatever it is called. PENTAX Macro Focus Rail III reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database
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Thanks Norm, Baro-nite and jatrax. I don't use a tripod because I found it impossible to maneuverer where I need it to get the shots. I do use a monopod on occassion and it works fairly well. My Bug shots from Single in August were shot using the monopod. The flower on flickr yesterday was shot handheld.

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So you're not shooting the same things I am, i.e., bugs.

And rails would probably work too, I just don't have the desire to buy any.
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I use a tripod, live view with magnification and the two second timer. Works for me!

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Thanks for the answers and suggestions. I believe I got my answer. No further need for discussions.

Also, I never intended for this thread to be a show me thread.

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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady95 Quote
So you're not shooting the same things I am, i.e., bugs.

These were shot yesterday, handheld, I believe they qualify as bugs! https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/130-lens-sample-photo-archive/162342-pent...r-macro-2.html (scroll down the page).


Perhaps not quite in your league, but I'll get there.
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I removed my photo because I didn't want this question thread to become another show me thread. I really wasn't looking for anyone to show me, just wanted an answer to my question.
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