S90 + Raynox 150
Stephen Barrett wrote:
Great images, pubserv!
I have taken hundreds of bee shots recently with the Raynox 150 and all of your shots are better than any of mine. You are very skilled at focusing. Perhaps I have been trying to get too much magnification. Are your images cropped?
I think the colourful bug is a spittlebug, also called a froghopper, They make the spittle that you see on the stems of plants. This recent post contains a shot of a flower with spittle on the stem:
I have both the 150 and 250 but use the 150 much more outdoors. I guess you could get approximately the same shots with the 250 by using less zoom, but the 150 is the one I take outside to use hand-held. The 250 (8 diopter or 125 mm) gives you about 5 inches from your subject, whereas the 150 (4.8 diopters or 208 mm) gives you about 8 inches, which makes it less likely that you scare insects away and it's easier to avoid casting a shadow on your subject. I do a lot of focus-stacking, mostly indoors because of wind, and choose the lens according to the size of the subject. Both lenses are fun but, if I had to pick just one, it would be the 150.
Thanks! Yes, these shots are cropped significantly - 40-70%. Less on the wasps, most on the spittlebug (thanks for the ID!) and the last bee. By clicking on the photos you can see the crop level. Perhaps the 250 might be better for having to crop less. Perhaps I'll pick one up, especially since I'm limited to 110mm equivalent on my s90. I also used a flash to enable higher shutter speeds and kept shutter a 250 to counteract shake. Perhaps that'll help your focusing on moving insects? Stephen, your flower shots at the above link are great! If your insects pix are as good, you're being overly modest!