A few macros for you

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jwhphotos
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A few macros for you
Sep 10, 2013

with the V2 and Sigma 150 macro ( I really wish this lens had VR)

The look of innocence! It was hidden well into the shadows. I had to move a few leaves to get the shot.

Perhaps not so innocent. The mantis caught this bee right in front of me.

It is a rough and tough world out there.

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Miskec
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In reply to jwhphotos, Sep 10, 2013

jwhphotos wrote:

with the V2 and Sigma 150 macro ( I really wish this lens had VR)

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John

The praying mantis one's are the best. Green, green, green

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In reply to jwhphotos, Sep 10, 2013

Very nice.  The Sigma works well for me as well, though the AF is not quite the equal of Nikkor lenses...more hunting, more missed AF, more need to manually fine tune.  However, it is very sharp and is capable of good photos as you've shown.  Agreed about VR.  I believe a newer version is available with VR.

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RonFrank
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In reply to jwhphotos, Sep 10, 2013

Very nice, or not so nice depending on how much you like bugs eating bugs!

Sigma makes a couple macros with OS, they run a grand plus/minus.

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jwhphotos
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In reply to RonFrank, Sep 10, 2013

I've been ogling the Nikon 85 f3.5 macro. Maybe someday.

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In reply to jwhphotos, Sep 11, 2013

Excellent images!

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Gaber
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In reply to jwhphotos, Sep 11, 2013

Nice series. What luck to have the mantis catch the bee!

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In reply to jwhphotos, Sep 11, 2013

I have the Sigma 150 f2.8 non-OS macro. It is a superb lens. I find it difficult to want to use any other lens. I don't have a Nikon 1 body - I shoot with a D300 and D90. But I am looking into how a V2 would work with my Sigma 150 as well as a Nikon 300 f4 (potential purchase). So, it was good that I found your examples here.

fwiw / imho... I don't think that the OS would be that much help for these shots. To help prevent the AF hunting, use the AF limiter switch for close-ups like this.

Some ideas... Without knowing the features of the V2... Based on my DX camera bodies... I would try to increase the shutter speed to freeze the movement and increase the aperture for more DOF. With f7.1 at this close distance with a 150mm lens on a CX sensor, it "may" be just a little too "wide". However, the wasp looks like it had some movement and the focus was in front of it somewhat (toward the camera - front focus). For shots like this, I usually stop down to about f10 -f11 with a min shutter at 1/800 sec. I do this by bumping the ISO (via Auto ISO) and underexposing by about .7 or even 1.0 depending on the metering method and the light. For a dark subject like the wasp on a bright background, matrix metering would underexpose the wasp which could be dealt with in post.

Shooting moving insects in mixed lighting conditions is "tricky" to say the least. Often it is necessary to do a burst of shots to get a "keeper". I'm not a tripod person. I prefer to sit down on a portable stool and then brace my elbows on my knees. This provides me with enough support and at the same time, much flexibility.

Thanks for posting your images with the Sigma 150 and V2.

Wayne

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