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Common Blue Dam

Observed: 24th August 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates

I know, it's just a Common Blue Damselfly but I was playing with my new macro lens. I am not used to having to get this close and started with many failed attempts. This looks OK for starters, though. Practice required!

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Vinny's picture

What lens have you got?

Macro lenses do take a fair bit of getting used to. I've got a Canon 100mm that I love to bits. At f2.8 and close to the subject, the focal plane is just crazy - it blurs the heck out of everything not within 2mm of the focal point. Took me a great deal of practice to learn which f-stop to use and when.
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anonymous spotter's picture

My Sigma 105mm

Is much the same. It's when you really notice the shortcomings of the Nikon's less-than-sharp rear view-screen. You really need to use the TTL viewfinder.
I have been toying with the idea of a monopod, but the D5000 is already enough to lug around!
My Canon compact is really better suited to the task, but this close I think you really need all the pixels you can get.

Vinny's picture

Tend to use my monopod

more in conjunction with my 100-400mm telephoto. I actually find it makes carrying my 5DMkII plus the heavy lens much easier as you can shoulder it like a rifle! Not quite so useful for the macro lens unless the subject is 2ft above ground level - and with skittish subjects it's more bulk that you have to be careful with when trying to get up close. I'm tempted to get one of these for DSLR macro work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ZF2nER7gQ


jccurd's picture

Yes, use a monopod

My "normal" lens is the Canon 100-400mm L-series zoom; it's quite a beast but I find that it's actually easier to deal with if I have it mounted on the monopod and sling the lot over my shoulder. I ditch it and go completely hand-held if I need mobility for, say, an in-flight shot - or an attempt at one. :))

My new Sigma 150mm macro is f2.8 is built like the Titanic (though sinks less frequently) and feels about as heavy. I think I'll be using teh monopod again.