Messing around with macro

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by jayb2000, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. jayb2000 macrumors 6502a

    jayb2000

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    So, I don't have a dedicated macro lens, I have the Nikon 18-200vr, but some of the lightbox and insect shots made wonder what I could do.

    a few pics of Lock, Shock, and Barrel...
    No Exif, but I think it was
    ISO 100
    ~200mm lenght
    F14
    2sec
    maybe, it was close to that.

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    I liked the DOF I could get from the mask to the face.
    The figure is only about 3 inches high.

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    You can see them larger on Flickr

    Not bad, but I need to do a light box this weekend to get some better lighting and color.

    Anyone got recommendations on macro tubes? I have read about the home made version (pringles cans, tennis ball cans, etc) but I was thinking something a bit sturdier might be nice, especially as they don't seem very pricey.
     
  2. compuwar macrumors 601

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    (Minor nitpick) It's still a light tent, even if it's a box, so you don't confuse folks with lightboxes for viewing positives/negatives...

    The Kenko tubes seem to get good reviews and they've been around forever, Calumet seemed to have good prices on kits of them last time I looked.
     
  3. jayb2000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    DOH! Right, light tent. Or the "DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio" :)
     
  4. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    Man, I want that 18-200 VR lens so bad. I think that, combined with either the 50mm 1.4 or 50mm 1.8 will take care of just about any picture. Once I get enough with the stock 18-55 that came with my D50, I am going to look at getting that 18-200.
     
  5. compuwar macrumors 601

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    If you really want to do it on the cheap and you have two lenses with the same filter diamater, a reversing ring might work for you. Personally though I'd go with the tubes.
     
  6. jayb2000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have been happy with it so far (like 2 months), I was able to get it pretty quickly once I decided, but that was because I got the D200 kit with it included from B&H.

    I wanted to upgrade to a DSLR and got big bonus from work, so after looking at my options, I liked the D200 for ruggedness and speed. Plus it felt good in my hand. The 18-200 has been great, very steady for what I have used it for, but I have not really even begun to flex it or the camera yet. I am going to do some shots at a dog park tomorrow and a band shoot on Sunday. Plus building the light tent (in a box) as well, so hopefully by Monday I can have some good shots.
     
  7. mattcube64 macrumors 65816

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    Some of my own "Nightmare" macro shots.

    You're pics finally urged me enough to put together my own cheap lightbox. Here are some early pics I did with my DSC-N2, Auto w/ Macro, in a lightbox. The boarders and the B&W changes were quickly done in iPhoto:

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  8. taytho macrumors 6502

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    gotta love tim burton
     
  9. jayb2000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I built mine this weekend, but have not taken any pics yet, going to try on Wednesday. Too many errands and work gets in the way :p

    How big is that Lock figure?
     
  10. mattcube64 macrumors 65816

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    Just about 3 or 4 inches. That's nothing compared to another one of my collectibles:

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