Ode to old lenses ...

#16 Feb 22nd, 2018, 14:54
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Well, thank you! There is a lot more to that lightbulb screw when seen at 100% on my monitor! I also experimented with aperture/depth of field, and found that the camera's own flash with a single sheet of toilet tissue held in front of it, gave a good result. The bulb was in my desk drawer. I had got fed up with photographing the screw and nut from there.

I also had some fun lighting a cut orchid with an LED desk lamp, But that, if I remember correctly, was not with an old lens, it was with a Sony kit lens and extension tubes.

As you have elected to go for your big full-frame, you have no need to think mirrorless, so long as you have the strength to carry it around with you. I'm sure you have some great kit, and do fun and great things with it. I never intended to own anything that big, and, actually, I wish I had gone for the one of the super compacts!


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The actual thread pitch is about 2.4mm.

I have always bee confused by all this magnification classification: I watched a video yesterday explaining that all the 1:1, 1:2, etc, stuff, relates to the image on the sensor. The image as printed or displayed, is plainly a great deal more,

One day, I'll have a go at focus stacking!
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#17 Feb 22nd, 2018, 15:07
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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post but I do wonder what lenses these birders use - for example iamsomnath's "Black Naped Monarch" showed as much detail as if he'd used a macro lens from a few inches away!

AndyD 8-)
Sorry for joining late in the conversation. That one was Nikkor 200-500, at 500 mm. The bird was close, the camera was on tripod, light was good, hence the sharpness
#18 Feb 22nd, 2018, 15:11
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For fun I used to use manual lenses unmounted, just hold the lens in front of the body and shoot, LOL. Great fun actually. Do it indoors , else dust on sensor blah blah.



#19 Mar 4th, 2018, 20:14
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I have a second-hand Tamron SP 90mm/f/2.5 1:2.5 macro, with an OM mount which works, fully manual with the e-mount adapter for my a6000. I had hoped to also use it as a concert-photography lens... but it is one heavy chunk of metal and glass, and I have no chance whatsoever of getting good pics with my shaky hands.
But hey, you never know until you try!


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Sony a6000. 1/100, probably f2.5, iso 1250

Elbow on wooden chair arm did the trick, and I am quite pleased with the result. The limit here is more my ability to manually focus accurately as it is camera shake. Could be worse, though...

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I'm usually taking such pics at a much lower shutter speed, relying on stabilization and hoping the singer sits still for the necessary moment. Usually in aperture mode and keeping the iso as low as practical. I learnt new stuff here: aperture, obviously fixed/manual; adjusting shutter speed instead, keeping iso within reason.

It was a lovely concert and an interesting photographic learning experience.

Now, let me see... There's a Sony 90mm/f2.8 for 60k Just press Eye Auto Focus

(Singer: R Ratipriya)

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