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    [Testing a lens] Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 MACRO

    I would very much like to re-open an old thread which we started at our old board, and hopefully continue here with much more enthusiasm than ever before.

    The beginning of the thread at the old board (a total 5 pages there):

    Sample images from Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 MACRO
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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  • #2
    Here are some of my earlier MACRO shots:



    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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    • #3
      - and this is one of the new one's I created a few days ago while brushing dust off my photo bag: I hope that if there are no MACRO-fans among you out there yet, maybe in the future, many more will join the ranks so that we can share ideas, experiences and knowledge (hope is a fine thing, ain't it?).

      The image shows a detail of a Norwegian bank note (guess which one).

      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
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      • #4
        If you and Dane keep this up...I'm going to have to skip paying the mortgage and buy a SLR.............could we all just move closer so we could share equipment...or will you PLEASE fix that stupid teleporter (who has it now? Sterkoder??)

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        • #5
          Don't worry. I do not have any new camera equipment purchases in mind. I'm still searching for my perfect tripod but that search could continue for months.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
            Don't worry. I do not have any new camera equipment purchases in mind. I'm still searching for my perfect tripod but that search could continue for months.
            Forgive my being naive or unlearned..but what goes into making the "perfect tripod"??? It's three straight lines, a place to screw into the camera, and nobs for --ummm--roll, pitch and yaw??

            Seriously--is there something I'm missing?? (oh stop laughing , you two..)

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            • #7
              Well, it should have several qualities, all of which are important in the selection process for those that wants quality rather than price: points such as:

              * stability for the weight of camera/lens intended; in other words, sturdy enough to avoid any kind of vibration

              * ease of tilt, shift of camera angles (up/down and horizontal movement)

              * proper locking function of legs and positions...

              * for travelers, weight might also be an issue to consider.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              • #8
                Glad to have you as my techie....I'll continue to just point-n-shoot.....

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                • #9
                  I need to ask for a tip (or two)...

                  How in the world do you take a picture of a snowflake, as in before it melts: and how in the world do you get it to to be in sharp focus...

                  Out of about 45 images, these two are about the best I could....

                  I know patience is a virtue but a small tip would be great!



                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  • #10
                    Oh, but I LOVE these!!!!!

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                    • #11
                      The only tip I can give you, Jan-Olav, you probably already know...

                      If you increase the Aperture Value on your camera, and simultaneously adjusting the shutter to still get the right light in the photo, the sharp area will increase. If done the right way almost the whole picture will be sharp. But this is harder the closer you are to the object.
                      "I may not be able to control the wind, but I can adjust my sails."

                      Enthusiastically regards
                      Torbjørn Nybø

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TNAalesund View Post
                        If you increase the Aperture Value on your camera, and simultaneously adjusting the shutter to still get the right light in the photo, the sharp area will increase. If done the right way almost the whole picture will be sharp. But this is harder the closer you are to the object.
                        Thank you so much for the tip: I have tried this, these images were actually taken over between 15 and 20 seconds I think. The problem with this MACRO lens (Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 MACRO) is that the DOF is extremely shallow at the full 5x magnification.
                        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
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                        • #13
                          Here are two pictures of the same object with the same distance, but the first one has the aperture value of f8 and the shuttertime is 1/160 sec.

                          And the other one has the aperture value of f29 ad the shuttertime is 1/13 sec.

                          I see that you have tried this Jan-Olav, but maybe it can be a tip to someone else
                          "I may not be able to control the wind, but I can adjust my sails."

                          Enthusiastically regards
                          Torbjørn Nybø

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                          • #14
                            Wonderful images - really crisp and beautiful!

                            What lens were these taken with?

                            The problem with MACRO lenses is a very short focusing distance (only manual focus on this dedicated MACRO lens): at 5x magnification, the focusing distance was/is somewhere around 1 cm or less. There is a lot of light being eaten by the lens so a tripod and remote release is a must.

                            All these factors mentioned, has the effect of an incredible shallow DOF (depth of field).

                            I guess trial and error is the thing, - and maybe work in a cold environment so that the snowflake does not melt by the radiating heat of the lens.
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
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                            Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
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                            • #15
                              These images was not taken with a macro lens, but my canon EF 75-300mm zoomlens The distance is about 80 cm It is much easier to get this effect with a zoomlens I guess
                              "I may not be able to control the wind, but I can adjust my sails."

                              Enthusiastically regards
                              Torbjørn Nybø

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