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    Macro thread everyone?

    Hi There
    it's the time of year for macros (at least in the North). Everything is fresh and green.

    I'll get started - here are a few from the D3 with the nikon 105 AFS VR - all on continuous focus (single point) auto ISO (I like it easy!).

    Bracken and blue flower (shame on me)


    Yesterday it was a red tulip!


    Apple blossom is just the best!


    This is the only one with any serious photoshop (in fact it's from 3 shots)


    Actually, maybe tulips are the best


    Love Lies Bleeding - the cliche of the year! (my take on it)


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Stunning, simply, can't wait to get my own true macro lens.
    There's so much beauty hidden in the details in nature.
    Until then, do crops count ? - and is the fourth an HDR merge ?
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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Stunning, simply, can't wait to get my own true macro lens.
    There's so much beauty hidden in the details in nature.
    Until then, do crops count ? - and is the fourth an HDR merge ?
    /Steen
    HI There

    I was really angushing whether to get the 1000 zeis ZF lens or the Nikon 105 AFS VR (420). I got the Nikon, and I'm really pleased - I've no doubt the zeiss is nicer, but there isn't much wrong with that Nikon bokeh, and the CAF is wonderful for the windy!

    EVERYTHING counts!
    Not an HDR merge - a depth of field merge (one for the daffodil, one for the pot and one for the cork.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Ah yes it's a macro close up with a narrow DOF, so of course it's a DOF merge, what was I thinking about
    Your Nikkor VR looks great, more than great, it looks razor, and the bo-ke looks like butter in the sun.
    Remember to enjoy its advantages like AF, VR and 1:1 e.g. when shooting flying insects. Show us some meat

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    Don't forget how nice a feature the VR is to use also when using a 105 or 100 focal length. It makes this lens very easy to use as a Macro handheld, while the Zeiss is more difficult.

    I also happen to love the bokeh of this lens for portrait use.

    The Zeiss was marginally better, but much more difficult to nail focus and avoid movement. The AF & VR really made my decision for me when I actually had both in hand.

    The other advantage of the 105VR Nikon is that I can use my 1.7 extender to get a 173 lens. (Nice for travel.)

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Jono, Good going.

    I posted a couple of IR close-ups earlier and there were no takers. Either no one liked the images or shoots in IR.

    Here are some more:

    Visible light (D300, some lens):






    Infrared, D80IR



    Ultraviolet, modified D40x, Baader U 2" filter, flash


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    Great shots folks.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Jono, Good going.

    I posted a couple of IR close-ups earlier and there were no takers. Either no one liked the images or shoots in IR.
    HI There Vivek - more great shots - I also liked your previous IR ones - sometimes threads do, and sometimes the don't!

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Jono - your "love lies bleeding" is truly beautiful....great subject handled well with good lighting.....

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Thank you Don
    C'mon all you macro shooters - let's be seeing you!

    Here are some more in the meantime:










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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Good to see that you resurrected this thread, Jono. One more..


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Here is Canon macro stuff....BTW- Guy some of these shots are why are was interested in buying your 100mm USM macro, I shot these with a friends, he didn't want to sell it.....:-)
    Last edited by DonWeston; 16th May 2008 at 07:36.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Vivek, Jono, Don ... these are beautiful, all of them.
    That last Dandelion "wishie" image is just so magically dreamy in the beautiful evening light.
    May this thread keep rolling !

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Good to see that you resurrected this thread, Jono. One more..
    Hey Vivek - that's lovely - I'd love to do some underwater stuff . . . . but my first attempts were rather awful . . and the beach I like to go to is actually rather boring underwater.

    As for the thread . . . if we don't keep it alive, we don't have anyone else to blame

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by DonWeston View Post
    Here is Canon macro stuff....BTW- Guy some of these shots are why are was interested in buying your 100mm USM macro, I shot these with a friends, he didn't want to sell it.....:-)
    Hey Don - lovely shots, especially the second one . . . it looks soooooo pissed off, definitely a case for the samaritans!

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Vivek, Jono, Don ... these are beautiful, all of them.
    That last Dandelion "wishie" image is just so magically dreamy in the beautiful evening light.
    May this thread keep rolling !
    Hi Steen
    Come on in, the water is warm (well, it is if you have a wetsuit on)
    and if you don't have a macro lens . . . then just call it close-up!

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    I have Steen's macro lens right now! He was kind enough to lend it me since it was just sitting in New Jersey waiting for his brother to sail across the ocean to pick it up. In the meantime, nature decided to pour rain all day, so I did not have a chance to test it yet. I hope that it is nicer tomorrow. If so, I will get out and photograph something. The only thing I have used it for so far is to photograph the cartridge on my turntable. I just installed it last night, and it took me about 4 hours. Man, the good stuff always requires patience. And a tracking force gauge. And a Baerwald protractor. And tweezers. And pliers. And tiny screwdrivers. And three hands.

    Nevertheless, I think I managed to get it on properly. It certainly sounds amazing.



    Steen, don't worry, I will give the lens a proper test as soon as the weather clears.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Richardson View Post
    (...) I just installed it last night, and it took me about 4 hours. (...)
    Hi Stuart, I hope you mean the cartridge and not the lens
    Looking forward to see a new "Happy ~100mm lens get-together" thread.
    Now we need a Nikkor AF-S 2.8/105mm VR Micro to have a full house, anyone around New York willing to lend Stuart that lens for the lens get-together
    Lots of good light
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    Btw. beautiful picture, I'll look at it, a lot .-)

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    ZF 50.
    Last edited by fotografz; 30th July 2008 at 05:15.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Steen, Jono, Thanks.

    Jono, That was a door hook in the 2nd floor balcony. ~5pm. 10.5mm fisheye nikkor at 14cm (closest focus). The hook was ~ 5cm from the lens' tip. This lens flares and ghosts when pointed towards the Sun.

    No underwater. It is IR (false color IR to be precise).

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    D3 with 105 VR

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Seitz View Post
    D3 with 105 VR
    Looks out of focus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Looks out of focus.
    It is! I was trying to give a bit of a soft glow!

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Nice shot Marc -- I like the setup...the green apples go well with the vines. It is making me hungry!

    Steen -- I just got the chance to do some test shots, so hopefully I will have something to post in the next day or two. No 105 VR though...I asked Calumet and K&M rentals, but they both only had the non VR version of the lens. Adorama and Lens and Repro don't appear to have it either. The only other place that rents that I know of is Fotocare, and they are not open today. If I can find one, I will try to add it in comparison, otherwise it is probably best to just take the word of the people who have used both. I believe Ray has, as well as Robmac...don't quote me on it.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Not quite a macro, more of a closeup. D300 with Tamron 17-50mm at 50mm.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    You are right Stuart, Ray showed us a good and illustrative comparison of the Nikon 105 VR and the Zeiss ZF 100 here:
    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showth...?t=1225&page=5
    Both lenses seem to be very nice, indeed.

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    One from this Afternoon
    With Nikon D80 + ZF 100/2 hand held



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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Beautiful macro scenery, Andree, but how come you use your AI-S type lens on a camera model that doesn't meter with AI-S type lenses, and it doesn't close the aperture iris for you, right ?
    Your D300 would meter correctly with the AI-S lens and close the iris.
    Do you do this for fun and experimentation, or just to make yourself some obstacles so it won't be too easy
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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Beautiful macro scenery, Andree, but how come you use your AI-S type lens on a camera model that doesn't meter with AI-S type lenses, and it doesn't close the aperture iris for you, right ?
    Your D300 would meter correctly with the AI-S lens and close the iris.
    Do you do this for fun and experimentation, or just to make yourself some obstacles so it won't be too easy
    /Steen
    Hi Steen!
    Yes, My Nikon D80 does not meter with AI-S type lenses. Therefore for this shot I have to concentrate with the HISTOGRAM at the LCD
    I do this for fun
    It's really challenging to shot with a camera that can't meter the lighting hahahaha
    It's not that hard though
    U should try it, it's realllllyyyyy FUN
    Here are 2 more from this afternoon

    Nikon D80 + ZF 50/2 Macro




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    Quote Originally Posted by deepdiver View Post
    One from this Afternoon
    With Nikon D80 + ZF 100/2 hand held



    Andree
    Wow, that is some beautiful color and tonality.

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    D200 with 55mm or zoom

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    Geranium- D300 and 200 f/2 VR w/1.7x

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    Cindy,
    Lovely complementary color combination.
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    Great seaside shots - I know how tough they can be, those are fab.

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    Jono - as a relative newbie here, I really appreciate your kind comments, many thanks...Don

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hey Don - lovely shots, especially the second one . . . it looks soooooo pissed off, definitely a case for the samaritans!
    again thanks for your kindness, Jono..

    I hadn't realized when I shot that "Alien FLower" image just how funny and face like it appeared, I had a little tunnel vision, but in the browser it jumped out at me....almost a "take me to your leader" moment....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonWeston View Post
    Jono - as a relative newbie here, I really appreciate your kind comments, many thanks...Don
    Hey Dan - I say as I see. I may seem like an oldie around here, but nobody takes any notice of me, they just kind of tolerate

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hey Dan - I say as I see. I may seem like an oldie around here, but nobody takes any notice of me, they just kind of tolerate
    I hope to be so well tolerated here myself......

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonWeston View Post
    I hope to be so well tolerated here myself......

    You haven't caught the subtle nuance yet . . . . I think I'm the forum buffoon (but none the worse for that you might say).

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    Warning, two way stem
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    Sigh, wish I had stopped down a couple of stops for more dof
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    wooooo!! Nice pciture!!
    may i know, what Aperture that u used for that one?
    thx

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    Thanks!

    It was at f32 and nearest distance.

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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    Stefan
    that really is a grand shot.
    These ones are all taken with the 105 macro:


    I'm not sure I ever expected clarity like this from a Nikon lens.


    I think these are some kind of onion - look more like fireworks to me!


    Love Lies Bleeding - definitely a photographic cliche, but you just have to give it a go!


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    Re: Macro thread everyone?

    These are all just so beautiful, even the purple tulip shot, though I agree that normally I as well dislike that color for tulips.
    In our garden we have a really plasticly synthetic ugly one that I will not even show you in order not to spoil this thread of beauty.
    Nevertheless I need to admit that I do like this specific purple-and-green shot, maybe because in this case the Out Of Focus rendering is so delicious.
    Still my favourite would be the firework onion because it has this special D3 glowing magic going on in the OOF area, that I like so much.

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    Clematis-
    Love that live view!

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    Cindy!
    What a splendid shot - this one's a bit of a cliche, but always hard to resist:



    D3 105 Macro f9

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    Great shots everyone! I am waiting for Cindy to get her Kenko Extension Tube set to see how well they work on the CV 58mm. I may then order a set for myself and join the fun here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Cindy!
    What a splendid shot - this one's a bit of a cliche, but always hard to resist:


    D3 105 Macro f9
    Just when I thought I had successfully avoided this lens.

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    Jono,
    Stunning shot.

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