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Rodger1943 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,660
Re: Australian Butterflies with the FZ200 and Canon 500d close-up lens.

Ric Cheng wrote:

Rodger1943 wrote:

Here are three butterflies that I took at the zoo using my Panasonic FZ200 fitted with the Canon 500d Close-up lens. The lens was attached to the end of an extension tube that I normally use for my teleconverter. In the past I have usually just attached the close-up lens to the end of the zoom lens, but I think it works a little better when it stays in one spot, rather than moving in and out with the zoom. More experimentation in probably justified. All shots were hand held. A tripod would have been handy, but there were a lot of people in the butterfly enclosure and it would have been almost impossible to set one up without incurring the wrath of all the other people. Its school holidays here and there were lots of small children and prams to contend with the entire time I was in there.

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Great photo with Panasonic FZ200 and Canon 500D. Any special technique ?

I have Raynox 150, I also want to take macro photo of butterfly, bee ... But, I cannot.

Without Raynox 150, I can standing far away from the insects and my Panasonic FZ200 can focus on the insects. However, it is not macro photo. I have to crop the photo afterwards and the crop photo is not very sharp.

With Raynox 150, my Panasonic FZ200 cannot focus on the butterfly until I come very close. (the distance between the lens and the butterful is about 19cm to 22cm) Problem is when I come closer and closer quietly ... butterfly, bee ... fly away ... no chance to focus and take photo ... Dragonfly is good. Dragon fly allows me to come very near and take photo.

Rodger1943, do you have any special technique to take butterfly photo with your Panasonic FZ200 and Canon 500D ?

Hi Ric, I am still experimenting with the close-up lens, so what I say now may not apply in the future. My first macros were taken with the close-up lens on the camera's lens. The best way to focus was to move in and out, usually about 500mm at full zoom gave you focus, but at full zoom your depth of field was very small and it was easy to lose focus with even a very small movement of the camera, or yourself. These latest shots were taken using the extension tube I use for the teleconverter. That meant you could zoom in or out a bit and the close-up lens stays in the same spot. I found that allowed me to zoom a bit in or out and get a bigger range of zoom . You'll notice that the last shot is taken using less zoom than the first two. I think this gives more versatility than having it on the end of the zoom itself. Other photographers who use the extension tube would be able to say better than I what its advantages are, but that's what I have seen so far with my shots.

I can't give you any advice on how to approach subjects, so far I really only photographed butterflies in the butterfly house at the zoo and they are very easy to approach and do not fly away.

Probably a good way to improve your technique is to take shots of static subjects, like a flower, or a coin, things that aren't moving and experiment to see how to best get your shots, then try on something more difficult. Hope this helps.

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