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80mm macro thread

Discussion in 'Native X-Mount Lens Forum' started by Alice, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Mike-Photos

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    Shot on a misty day:

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    And the HUGE advantage of the 80mm macro over using a close-up adapter, is that it's great as a standard lens:

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    Macmodus FujiFilm.. what else!

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    Once again stopped from working on the yard because the light was shinning just right on this Wild Columbine. This color is not as common on my property as the bluish variety.
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    I like the shots...the Columbine is awesome. I just got my 80mm a few days ago and loving it so far. But curious about how folks are able to get so close and maintain such a good depth of field. I'm stopping down, etc, but seem to not be getting as much DOF as many here. Pls educate me.
     
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    Thank you. I'm still learning quite a bit myself but here's my limited knowledge on the subject.

    The DoF is narrow with macro/close-up so I normally try be selective to one part of the subject I want flat to the focal plane to be sharp and then increase or decrease the aperture from that point (the advantage of EVF). Another thing to do is don't get too close to the subject, the DoF will increase and yes, you will have to crop a little bit but the end result is what matters. The Columbine is an example of stepping back because I noticed how difficult the DoF was for a rather thick subject. And of course, practice - for years I have been trying to get a good shot of the Columbine and finally after all that practice I got something.

    Focus stacking is an option I'm hoping to try in the near future.
     
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  7. lysander

    lysander If at 1st you don’t succeed, lower your standards.

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    How far were you from the subject and how much did you crop? I think it would be educational to see the un-cropped version for comparison.
    Thanks!
     
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    I has been years since I have seen one of these wonderful creatures in my yard. The frog was resting on a Calla Lily leaf. I did not want to disturb it so I had to find any angle that would work. Used the 2.0x TC on the 80. Auto ISO jumped up to 5000 for f/16 at 1/60 second - handheld.

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    It was not cropped that much and the distant I pulled back was not that much sorry I can't remember how much but it was enough to add more depth. Here's the un-cropped version.
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    Thanks. Distance to subject is a tradeoff with macro. As you note, pulling back a little gives you more apparent sharpness. With higher megapixel cameras we can crop quite a bit!
     

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