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08-13-2009, 04:20 PM   #16
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You can always just try extreme cropping:

Taken with the FA 77/1.8 Limited...not a particularly close-focusing lens...

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(Works better than it should...)

08-13-2009, 10:19 PM   #17

I am a fan of the big crop... fake Macro

I too like the occasional fake macro with the big crop. But you have got to have a sharp original to get a good tight crop. Easier said than done, more often than not.

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08-14-2009, 06:05 AM   #18
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An ant crawling on a cicada's wing, done with a set of plain-jane M42 tubes dating from about 1960 and originally made for the old S2 (pre-Spotmatic) film body.

Pentax K20D
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08-14-2009, 07:56 PM   #19
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I have a Pentax Extension Tube K Set (you can buy this set as used around $50 on eBay). While I agree that extension tubes allow you to take really nice macro images, I must mention a few negative aspects: 1) no auto focus, 2) loss of many f-stops, 3) super thin depth of focus (DOF), and 4) tripod shooting only (due to 2 and 3).

Attached photo was taken with K100D Super + FA 50mm + Extension Tube #2&3 combined on a tripod. Due to thin DOF I needed to use f11, and with loss of much light in the tube, shutter speed I used was 1.5 second (ISO200). Well, this was taken in a relatively low-light indoor environment. So situation might be a little better outdoor or with studio lighting...

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