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Tue Nov 2, 2021, 08:41 AM

How the sausage is made at 1000mm, 1/25 sec, f36, ISO 1400

Firespike feeds the Honeybees too
I like to combine different pieces of lens gear just to see what can be achieved. Unfortunately, there are many more
failures than satisfying results. This photo I like very much!

I donít think of this as macro, but more closeup photography. Normally I use a bellows which allows infinite adjustment of the distance from the back of the lens to the sensor, but is best suited for still life shots of flowers, and a subject distance in inches. Since my new favorite closeup lens is the 200-500mm with a 2x converter, physically and electronically the bellows is not an option, so in this case I tried extension tubes. At 1000 mm the lens alone will focus to ~10í, with the extension tubes it is about 7í, so just a little gain in subject distance.

With this setup, everything has to come together at once, proper focus, which I find to be incredibly difficult, sufficient light, and subject/photographer preoccupation are prime. A major flaw is vignetting in the corners, but cropping takes care of that. No hand held, tripod mounted as the rig is 24Ē and 10+ lbs. Luckily the bee was drinking deeply and didnít move, just long enough. This is the same position I shoot all my birdbath photos, through two panes of glass from my family room!

Hope to share more soon!


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Reply How the sausage is made at 1000mm, 1/25 sec, f36, ISO 1400 (Original post)
HAB911 Nov 2021 OP
Walleye Nov 2021 #1
HAB911 Nov 2021 #7
Diamond_Dog Nov 2021 #2
HAB911 Nov 2021 #8
PXR-5 Nov 2021 #3
HAB911 Nov 2021 #9
Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2021 #4
HAB911 Nov 2021 #10
AndyS Nov 2021 #5
HAB911 Nov 2021 #11
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2021 #6
HAB911 Nov 2021 #12
George McGovern Nov 2021 #13
HAB911 Nov 2021 #14
Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2021 #15
HAB911 Nov 2021 #16

Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 09:04 AM

1. Excellent! Thanks for the info

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Response to Walleye (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 12:24 PM

7. thank you!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 09:06 AM

2. Fabulous photo!

The subject, the closeup, the soft light Ö. everything superb!

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Response to Diamond_Dog (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 12:24 PM

8. Thanks!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 09:08 AM

3. Beautiful capture 👍

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Response to PXR-5 (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 12:24 PM

9. Thank you!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 10:45 AM

4. Beautiful shot.

I've been doing something similar, but a lot less elaborate. My new RF 100-500mm lens has a minimum focusing distsnce of 3.9 feet at 500mm. My R5 has 45 mp, which allows for excellent cropped images. I can get a pretty decent image filling about 25% of the frame and blow it up from there. It makes my zoom a defacto macro lens.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 12:25 PM

10. it's a testament to the new optics

allows us a lot of range

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 11:22 AM

5. Great work!

I use the 300 f4 (600 mm equ) with an extension tube for insects often.

For action shots I like the 12-100 (24-200) with a 16 mm tube and a flash with diffuser. I can also use the digital 2x for 400mm equ. Focus distance about 2 ft. It's a challenge to capture focus but the rest is so easy. Just not much of a keep ratio.

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Response to AndyS (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 12:27 PM

11. my first attempt at using tubes

love that photo!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 11:43 AM

6. Wonderful photo, my dear HAB911! Well done. ♥

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 2, 2021, 12:28 PM

12. thanks Peggy!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sat Nov 6, 2021, 08:45 PM

13. And the bee never knew you were shooting it. Real nice closeup HAB911!

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Response to George McGovern (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 7, 2021, 11:10 AM

14. Thank you

the more distance the better for dangerous or skittish subjects!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Mon Nov 8, 2021, 01:34 PM

15. f36?

I just noticed that. Wow!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 02:12 PM

16. just realized I left off the 2XTC

with that my f stops are f11-f64

I was going for that dof and maxxed out on both slow shutter and f stop. Pure dumb luck the bee didn't move for that fraction of a second

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