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Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by shawnt64, Sep 11, 2005.


  1. shawnt64

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    i have been using a little sony dsc-f717 for doing a lot of nature photography and specifically insects. the camera has a decent lens and a 5x digital zoom. Now to get a good shot of a bug i have to get about 3 feet away and then use the digital zoom. the dragonflies i like to track down will not let you get within 10 ft much less the 3 ft, but occasionally i can sneak to about 3ft. unfortunately the camera may focus on the branch or leaf the insect is on so i take 5 or so pics and hope that at least one is on the bug


    i am looking to get the cannon 20d since it has a dot you can place on the object for perfect focus but it doesn't have the digital zoom so i have to be almost a foot away to get a shot which is pratically impossible.


    i have been tracking down the 100 or so species of dragonflies in the pensacola area and am up to about 50 and of course the last 50 are very wary
     

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    oh well i tried to link to a few of my pics but it didn't work out


    here is my fathers site. he has the 20d and is documenting "All" the butterflies in the southwest http://www.kimandmikeontheroad.com/
     

  3. Mild Bill

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    I cropped that Dragonfly if you don't mind...

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    Nice shot!

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  4. Screehopper

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    What you want to do is buy a macro lens for your future Canon 20D. I have a 60mm/2.8 macro (I shoot Nikon, but there is a Canon equivalent) and you can focus down to a few inches for a 1 to 1 lifesize reproduction. If you're serious about macrophotography there is also the 105mm/2.8 ($$). There is also a 200mm/4.0 ($$$$).
     
  5. shawnt64

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    hey thanks Mild Bill and Screehopper. well my pic of that dragonfly was from 3' away, so it would be really nice to get a lens recommendation. there just isn't any way to get within a foot of these little critters. their eyes work very good lol.
     
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    Wow, that's from 3' away?

    I was looking at the specs for the Canon 60mm/2.8 Macro and the minimum focussing distance is 4". Now if you can get that close to a dragonfly for a shot that's a whole different story. :)
     
  7. shawnt64

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    thanks guys^c i will let everyone know when i get my site up so i can post all of my bug pics. i definitely have to get a new camera cause of the little spill i took in joshua tree national park. falling down a rocky cactus filled hillside does wonders for the camera.;)
     
  8. spober

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    The 60mm or even a 100 mm macro will still require you to get real close a 180-200mm macro may help.their not cheap.the 60mm 400-the 105 canon or nikon about 800 a sigma 100 maby 400.a 180 or 200 over a grand.
     
  9. MrsKitty

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    I have a fascination with bug pics too ;f

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  10. shawnt64

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    nice pics misskitty ^c

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  11. shawnt64

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