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05-28-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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Macro help!!!

Okay, so originally I thought about posting this in the "critique" forum, but this is more about technique than any actual photos I've taken so far. So here's the deal...I've got a samsung gx-1s, reverse adapter and the choice of a few lenses (18-55 kit lens, 50mm manual focus, and 150mm manual focus), and of course a tripod.

I happen to have a bush next to my office window just teeming with spiders. They're about the size of the end of a ball point pen, and I have a lot of trouble A) finding them through my viewfinder, and especially B) getting them into focus.

I've tried to use my tripod for stability, but the DoF is sooo tiny even in the mid range aperature that I end up leaning back and forth on two of the three legs attempting to get them in focus.

So I'm wondering, with the tools that I have now...how would you go about trying to capture these amazing micro-bests? see below for my most successful photo. I was using the 50mm lens although i tried the 150 at one point and nothing seemed to ever come into focus. Is this the best I can expect with such a poor man's macro setup? Especially with no image stabilization or would that not be too helpful under this kind of magnification? Am I better off using the kit zoom as opposed to a prime?


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QuoteOriginally posted by irishwhite Quote
Okay, so originally I thought about posting this in the "critique" forum, but this is more about technique than any actual photos I've taken so far. So here's the deal...I've got a samsung gx-1s, reverse adapter and the choice of a few lenses (18-55 kit lens, 50mm manual focus, and 150mm manual focus), and of course a tripod.

I happen to have a bush next to my office window just teeming with spiders. They're about the size of the end of a ball point pen, and I have a lot of trouble A) finding them through my viewfinder, and especially B) getting them into focus.

I've tried to use my tripod for stability, but the DoF is sooo tiny even in the mid range aperature that I end up leaning back and forth on two of the three legs attempting to get them in focus.

So I'm wondering, with the tools that I have now...how would you go about trying to capture these amazing micro-bests? see below for my most successful photo. I was using the 50mm lens although i tried the 150 at one point and nothing seemed to ever come into focus. Is this the best I can expect with such a poor man's macro setup? Especially with no image stabilization or would that not be too helpful under this kind of magnification? Am I better off using the kit zoom as opposed to a prime?


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Read this thread. It should answer a lot of your questins.https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/general-pentax-photography/61635-advice-h...1-1-macro.html
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