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Forum: Lens Clubs 07-16-2013, 01:14 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
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Yeah I plan on getting a bellows and enlarger lenses or microscope objectives here soon. Just shooting and stacking with what I have laying around.

I plan on getting LED lighting since I do not want to burn up my flash doing photo stacks. I have read on specialized microphotography forums and I am always looking on ebay for some good enlarger lenses. I'd really like to get a 63mm luminar but they are pretty expensive.

My plans are from being able to go up to 15x within this next year.

I was just posting these shots since I was messing around with raynox diopters. Just showing what is possible since that is what this thread is about. Plus I got that MSN-505 for free so I might as well play with it right? lol

Thank you very much for the information. Here is a photo stack I played around with last night of a horse fly. 113 photos at F8 using the MSN 505 and the 100mm WR. I stopped the stack after awhile when I saw how badly this fly's eyes were. I only cropped just a small amount over to the left. This was shot at full extension of the 100mm lens or minimal focal length.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-15-2013, 12:09 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
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A friend of mine sent me an MSN-505 for free. :D I had been wanting to try out the 202 or the 505 for awhile but I didn't know if it would work as well as the 250 on my 100mm WR so I wasn't going to chuck out the cash for it. Even if it did work well, I primarily shoot hand-held so I figured it still wouldn't work well for that. I did take out for a spin the other day while attempting to shoot without the use of a tripod. It is quite rough for sure. I will primarily be using it for stacking but here a few shots (The first three) I pulled off with it when shooting by hand using the K-5IIs body. Only the second one was cropped I believe. The rest were frame filling. Though I may want to go back and check. It has been a couple of days.

The fourth shot is of the stacking bench I just setup for it. After I get done with what I need to do on the farm today, I will grab some subject to stack away on.

Last night I tried it out on a cocoon using the DCR 250 and went way overboard in stacking 325 shots of this crystalis.

DOF is an issue that we all know about. Razor thin with this thing for sure. Also getting my external flash in the right position due to lack of working room is really rough. It can be done though.

I do not suppose anyone knows off the top of their head what the magnification is when the lens is fully stretched to 1:1 with that diopter on? If not then do not sweat it. I just have been too lazy to figure it out or to snap a shot of a ruler. lol
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-25-2013, 11:34 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
Excellent! You are shooting in RAW right? The underexposure on that shouldn't be an issue since it isn't very underexposed. Easily fixed in post unless it was way underexposed and you brought it back to those levels. Either case, nice bro!
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-24-2013, 07:37 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
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That is odd. They are not showing up for me. I will check back again in a bit. Maybe it is something on my end. Forgive me for taking so long to reply. I get caught up in things and forget to check back in. Have been snapping a pantload of macro shots lately. I look forward to seeing your shots once they turn up for me.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-17-2013, 08:00 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
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And thanks. Sorry for the confusion. I am not normally the type to spread wrong information so please forgive me for that post. I thought I was getting some lens distortion from the raynox but apparently I was wrong.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-17-2013, 07:57 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
Culture read my last post on that. I corrected what I said by saying this, "As for my focusing technique I guess I was wrong. I thought I was getting a slight amount of lens distortion with the 250 but apparently I am just getting most things I want to fall within a flat focal plane. I do not know what made me think I was getting an ever so slight fish-eye effect in the past. So please forgive the misinformation on that if that is what you were asking me to elaborate on. And I guess the backing off of the subject some instead of shooting in maximum telephoto/minimum focal distance has been putting more of the subject near the center hotspot of the Raynox rather than completely filling the frame and getting softness at the edges. I am sure that running the lens at F22-25 is the reason why I am getting that much of subject in focus then. "
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-12-2013, 10:05 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
I stacked those shots by bracing the front of the raynox to the light pole it was standing on and then just moved ever so slightly forward and backward while keeping steady. That is probably the most shots I have stacked hand-held with it. Normally I can only pull off about two or three if I am lucky and I normally have to manually align and blend the images in photoshop to correct for very slight perspective changes. Luckily in that stack, photoshop auto aligned and blended fairly well. I did have to /place and blend in one of the images again where it fuzzed stuff up a bit. Hand-held stacking is rough but if the subject is in a nice position and not moving and I am able to brace myself fairly well, then...that is what you get up above. The subject was above my head so approx 7 foot off of the ground. I was careful not to lean on/put too much weight onto the lens.

As for my focusing technique I guess I was wrong. I thought I was getting a slight amount of lens distortion with the 250 but apparently I am just getting most things I want to fall within a flat focal plane. I do not know what made me think I was getting an ever so slight fish-eye effect in the past. So please forgive the misinformation on that if that is what you were asking me to elaborate on. And I guess the backing off of the subject some instead of shooting in maximum telephoto/minimum focal distance has been putting more of the subject near the center hotspot of the Raynox rather than completely filling the frame and getting softness at the edges. I am sure that running the lens at F22-25 is the reason why I am getting that much of subject in focus then.

Like I said, I am still learning. So technically, I am a macro newb. :P

I am now considering getting the 150 to stack onto the 100WR +250 to see if I can still pull off hand held shots on even smaller subjects like aphids and what not. I most likely will have to start using a tripod for that though. I have a stackshot I haven't much used which should be handy for that setup. I better start using the dang thing since it cost more than those two lenses combined. I really have to be in the mood to use that it though because that is a lot of gear to pack out into the field. Plus it is some heavy stuff that I do not overly trust on my current vanguard tripod system.

Ok now I am rambling. Forgive the misinformation.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-11-2013, 07:09 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
All of these last shots I posted the other day were hand-held. Even the stack was done hand-held since I had something to brace myself up against.

About the only time I use a tripod now is for when I am doing a serious stack of a subject that I am sure will not move (ice crystals and what not) and when I am shooting HDR landscape shots I use a tripod. I primarily like the freedom of shooting hand-held because for one, I can snap many angles of certain subjects, and I can just pick up and move onto whatever the next subject will be that I may find. Always packing a tripod was tiresome and more often than not I would get exhausted just fighting the damn legs of it which would get caught in heavy grass or weeds.

Granted, tripod shots are a heck of a lot more stable and end up being sharper but with practice you can learn to steady yourself enough to grab most shots. I am also always running a shutter speed of 1/180th of a sec which is plenty fast enough for me on limiting blur.

Your first several outings doing this will be frustrating as Hades. It just takes practice and patience as well as learning how to approach certain insects without frightening them off since you will be shoving a camera lens that probably looks like a big bird beak to them, into their faces.

Sometimes I use a ring flash but most often it is just an external flash with a cheap fotodiox attachment.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-10-2013, 09:22 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
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Views: 261,761
Here are some more taken in the last few days.

I tend to post most of my stuff to facebook. Feel free to befriend me on there if you are curious to see more shots like these. I tend to post them there first. Also do a lot of HDR stuff. I have not posted nearly a fraction of what I have taken with that combo on here.

http://www.facebook.com/jp.daugherty1?fref=ts

If you don't want to befriend me on there you do not have to. I believe most of my albums are open to the public.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-10-2013, 09:07 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
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Views: 261,761
I haven't had to compromise much on ISO. I usually run an ISO range between 80-200. My aperture normally runs now from F22-F25 while compensating for brightness with the EV settings on the camera and on the flash. Here are some more shots I just snapped the other day.

The head shot of the banded ash borer is the only stack in this one. Was nine shots performed hand-held.

Raynox 250 with DFA 100mm WR macro
K-5IIs body. Just got it not too long ago and I think I am seeing a difference in the original RAWs on clarity and sharpness. Almost biting sharp before editing. But I maybe just seeing things.

Some other things to consider is not always trying to get the absolute minimal focal distance on every shot. Sometimes it pays to back off just a little to allow a little more light into the shot. It also helps, on occasion, to not blast the target head on with the flash. I will have a portion of the dispersed flash illuminating the front of the subject while allowing a distribution of light to bathe over the subject to allow for some background illumination. I tend to enjoy the shots more if my subjects do not always look like they were staged on a black background. But that is just me.

Another thing to consider, if you are like me and you want to get as much of the subject in focus in one shot is to use the curvature of the raynox lens to your advantage. Put the center of the lens on a slight indentation of the subject and allow the backward curvature of the lens to capture protrusions from your subject within the focal plane. I have only been shooting with it for a year but I tend to learn more and more with every shot. As you all know, lighting in each scene is different. Also backing off of the subject a slight bit at times allows more of your subject to fall within that narrow focal plane. I hope this helps.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-31-2013, 06:31 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
I look forward to seeing them Fresdorf and thanks.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-30-2013, 02:09 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
If you have seen my shots, I was using the 250 with that DFA 100mm WR. You really can't go wrong with either the 150 or the 250 on it though. I probably will be picking up the 150 for solo use on the 100WR when the 250 ends up being too much magnification and then stack it on the 250 for when the 250 alone is not enough magnification.

Haven't used stripped TCs with that combo yet. What TCs do you have? I should pick some up and try that as well.

I will say that with the 250 and the 100mm WR, your DOF is very narrow. I often snap at F13-F22 with an ISO of 80-250 on my K-5 and K-5IIs. I also use an external flash with cheap softbox attachment or the Pentax ring flash. Oh speaking of which, here are my first shots taken with that combo using the K-5IIs. Snapped those yesterday.

Glad to meet ya potsmoker. I'd like to say that your name could be substituted for my own since some of my best photos are taken after partaking.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-27-2013, 11:08 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
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Views: 261,761
Lightbulb, try stacking the 150 with the 250 to see what you come up with. I have heard of people doing that with some pretty good results though I have not seen it done on a macro lens that already shoots 1:1.

I thought about purchasing the 150 just to try that. You need an adapter to do it I think. Like a 49mm-43mm if I recall.

There are times the 250 gives me too much magnification for certain subjects where I'd think the 150 would cover nicely. Plus it is my understanding that if you stack the 150 and the 250 together, you fall in between the magnification range of would you would have with either the 250 by itself or the 202 by itself.

I am hesitant to grab the 202 because I think the 250 to be near the limits of what I can do hand-held but on certain occasions where I can brace my lens hood up against the object my subject is sitting on I'd think the 250/150 combo would work. Btw, on my 100mm WR macro lens, I use the ultra sturdy lens hood attachment that came with the pentax AF160 flash ring kit for my primary lens hood when doing that since it is made out of aluminum. I probably would have cracked the lens hood that came with my lens if I were to use it like that. But I digress...

So yeah, got the adapter to stack those two lenses?
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-02-2013, 12:48 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
Here are a few more shots with that setup. the only one that is stacked is the snowflake. 4 images on that one.

New trigger cable for the stackshot arrived this morning so I think I am going to go out and play. Hopefully I can find something worth shooting. It is quite difficult during the winter months.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-29-2013, 02:30 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
Neoclytus caprea - Banded Ash Borer

37 shot stack using the 100mm WR and Raynox DCR250

For some odd reason I can not get my K5 to operate properly with my stackshot that just arrived today. It is on the camera's end and not a problem with the stackshot so I had to manually move the rails back and forth and then fire via remote.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-28-2013, 11:39 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
Thanks! I hope to get some more detailed shots in the future. My stackshot should be arriving tomorrow. Hopefully I do not find it to be a pain to setup and use out in the field.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-26-2013, 06:53 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
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Sorry I couldn't be of more help. If I know of something working for certain situations I will be more than glad to share. For me it was just a matter of patience on my part, patience on the insect's part, and a lot of camera setting and angle adjustments. I guess if it were easy for me, I'd have grown bored of it by now. I do not think it will ever really be easy as I am sure you know.

There was some photoshop invovled with some of these. Selective sharpening, basic adjustment layers and masks. I shoot in RAW of course. Let me know if there is anything I can help ya with and I will be more than happy to help if I can. Good luck and I look forward to seeing some snaps. :D
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-26-2013, 11:42 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
Yeah I use an external flash mounted to the camera with a cheap soft box attachment. I try not to blast the subject with light head on.

A lot of it is hit and miss. I wish there was a template I could go by but there is a wide range of Aperture values, ISO values and ev compensation (both flash and camera) It is quite difficult trying to get any depth of field in the shot of these little things.

I just try to hit the minimal focal range and attempt to snap when I am moving in and out since it is quite difficult to keep focus when shooting hand-held. I am normally too impatient to set up a tripod and then attempt to wrestle it into position to get some of these shots. Though I just ordered a stackshot day before yesterday so I may be having to pack the old tripod around throughout this next summer.

Thanks and I am glad you dig.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-21-2013, 06:55 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
Glad you dig. It is my favorite type of photography though my friends seem to like the landscape/HDR type stuff more. I find this to be more interesting as well as challenging.

Most of these range ISO wise from 80-200 and aperture wise from F11-F22 on the 100mm WR with DCR-250 attached.

Thanks again.

JP
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-21-2013, 06:18 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
Thanks Audiobomber. Nice to be here. :D
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-21-2013, 06:02 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
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Views: 261,761
Thanks Octopussy_france. It is something fun to do around the farm. Not used to being called a pro. lol Maybe one day. :) Nice to meet ya and thanks again.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-21-2013, 07:48 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
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Views: 261,761
Here is a hand-held stack (3 images) taken with the 100mm WR and Raynox DCR-250 @F16, ISO 80

Frost crystal
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-20-2013, 11:31 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Phosphene
Replies: 878
Views: 261,761
I was asked to come and post some shots that I took using my K-5, Pentax 100mm WR macro, with Raynox DCR-250 attached.

I posted some more shots on this original post. https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-beginners-corner-q/184772-macro-ge...ml#post2247821

Some really nice work I am seeing on this forum. Thanks all for sharing. :D

And the upload failed since it says I have uploaded many of these shots to a different forum post. Oh well, the link is above.
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