S100fs - butterfly shots and others

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twg
twg Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
S100fs - butterfly shots and others

With thg aid of Raynox's 5320pro and an ext. flash, I shot some butterflies, bees, etc on a overcast day with occasional light rains today. Most of shots were btwn iso100/200 and Velvia FS by zooming in 400mm and/or 300mm handheld.

The image displayed here are cropped (some).

You may view the whole gallery in my :
http://www.pbase.com/twg/s100fs__butterflies_and_others

an heavily cropped image to show detail :

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midnite Regular Member • Posts: 105
Re: S100fs - butterfly shots and others

tony, you are really talented in shotting wild lives

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Paul Pasco
Paul Pasco Veteran Member • Posts: 7,517
Re: S100fs - butterfly shots and others

Hi Tony, nice job! I've been watching this site closely for samples from this camera as it sounds real nice. Yours are some of the first that really pop. I'm the kind of guy that will carry a camera everywhere I go but I tire of carrying my big bag all the time, so inevitably the lens I need will be at home! I also spend a lot of time shooting at the various conservatories and gardens in my area and have come real close a couple of times to getting a used FZ30 or 50 from KEH.

I am curious about the 5320pro; how do you think it compares to the dcr-150 or 250 that are the darlings of the FZ crowd? Also, what external flash are you using here?
Again, beautiful shots, keep it up

Regards, Paul
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petehodbod Regular Member • Posts: 153
Re: S100fs - butterfly shots and others

I'd have to say your photos are probably the best i've so far seen of what the S100fs can do. Excellent work.

PS. How did you manage to get such great close-ups of insects, especially the perfect focusing...they're not the easiest and willing of subjects!?!
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Britney Elvis Veteran Member • Posts: 5,311
Hey Tony

Nice shots again... Your work with this cam and add-on lenses is really telling folks just how good this camera can be in the right hands.

That Raynox looks very good in these shots. Was it more $ than the 250 / 150 that we use on the 58mm threaded lenses?

On a few of the shots with butterfly or moth wings, the flash reads a little hot on my monitor (but it could easily be my monitor), do you use a diffuser? You know I just sent this off and re-looked at the pics and they are not hot as I said. I think what I am seeing is that the flash tends to take out some of the detail in shiny butterfly/moth wings. Kind of the same way that when they move the look of the wing changes. A flash kind of flattens out the light on the wing... If that makes any sense...

Actually it would be great to see a picture of your set up with the raynox and how you are using the flash... I have been shooting bugs for a while and have not got anything as good as this one.. It dont get any better IMO...

Perfection....

Thanks for continuing to share your wonderful shots from this new camera... You are setting the standard...

gus
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Dannyboy292
Dannyboy292 Contributing Member • Posts: 700
Re: S100fs - butterfly shots and others

stunning shots.......i was wondering what add on lens you used and how you think it compars with the raynox 250

Bejersey
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Nelson Diogo
Nelson Diogo Regular Member • Posts: 256
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Awesome shots. The first one and the one of the bee are just amazing. Great detail all the way...
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Britney Elvis Veteran Member • Posts: 5,311
Re: Hey Tony

I forgot to mention this one... wonderful colors and framing...

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mmistrz Regular Member • Posts: 100
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Tony now you have to answer all the questions. Everybody wants similar results.

I am green in so advanced photography. I always loved doing what you've shown us.

My first camera was Zenith. 2 months wages and was not enough, then Fujifilm s5500 and now s100fs. In previous one I had to make my ad on lens for iridology and similar close ups.

Now I am struggling to make it.

Tell me please, what is the exotic name and code you mentioned and how much it cost and where to get. In Australia can get it? What are the options? where to look at them?

I hope that this lens you use can do what I call telemacro. That is macro from significant distance.

Thanks

Michal

twg
OP twg Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
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Thanks Midnite.

midnite wrote:

tony, you are really talented in shotting wild lives

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twg
OP twg Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
Re: S100fs - butterfly shots and others

Thanks Paul. For your questions, I will answer all in another message which I will post later.

Thank again, actually my macro works are average only.

Paul Pasco wrote:

Hi Tony, nice job! I've been watching this site closely for samples
from this camera as it sounds real nice. Yours are some of the first
that really pop. I'm the kind of guy that will carry a camera
everywhere I go but I tire of carrying my big bag all the time, so
inevitably the lens I need will be at home! I also spend a lot of
time shooting at the various conservatories and gardens in my area
and have come real close a couple of times to getting a used FZ30 or
50 from KEH.
I am curious about the 5320pro; how do you think it compares to the
dcr-150 or 250 that are the darlings of the FZ crowd? Also, what
external flash are you using here?
Again, beautiful shots, keep it up

Regards, Paul
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twg
OP twg Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
Re: S100fs - butterfly shots and others

Thanks Pete. I will answer your question in one message which I will post later.

Thanks again. You also have very very nice works on the s100fs.

petehodbod wrote:

I'd have to say your photos are probably the best i've so far seen of
what the S100fs can do. Excellent work.

PS. How did you manage to get such great close-ups of insects,
especially the perfect focusing...they're not the easiest and willing
of subjects!?!
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pete*
My flickr gallery
http://flickr.com/photos/disaster_area/

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twg
OP twg Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
Re: Hey Tony

Thanks Britney, your questions will be answeed in one message which i wil post later, also regarding the slight over-exposure due to flash....

Thanks again for the compliment. I think my work is just average.

Britney Elvis wrote:

Nice shots again... Your work with this cam and add-on lenses is
really telling folks just how good this camera can be in the right
hands.
That Raynox looks very good in these shots. Was it more $ than the
250 / 150 that we use on the 58mm threaded lenses?

On a few of the shots with butterfly or moth wings, the flash reads a
little hot on my monitor (but it could easily be my monitor), do you
use a diffuser? You know I just sent this off and re-looked at the
pics and they are not hot as I said. I think what I am seeing is
that the flash tends to take out some of the detail in shiny
butterfly/moth wings. Kind of the same way that when they move the
look of the wing changes. A flash kind of flattens out the light on
the wing... If that makes any sense...

Actually it would be great to see a picture of your set up with the
raynox and how you are using the flash... I have been shooting bugs
for a while and have not got anything as good as this one.. It dont
get any better IMO...
Perfection....

Thanks for continuing to share your wonderful shots from this new
camera... You are setting the standard...

gus
--
-the artist formally known as gus-

'Get what makes you happy
Anything less.... makes you less happy'

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twg
OP twg Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
Re: Hey Tony

Yes thanks Britney, I like this too but the original was a bit over-exposed and I needed to adjust the gamma to make it normal.

Britney Elvis wrote:

I forgot to mention this one... wonderful colors and framing...

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twg
OP twg Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
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Thanks Danny. Your question will be answered in one message which I will post later. Thanks again.

Dannyboy292 wrote:

stunning shots.......i was wondering what add on lens you used and
how you think it compars with the raynox 250

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twg
OP twg Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
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Thanks Rick.

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M a g i f i c e n t!!!!!!!!!
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twg
OP twg Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
Re: S100fs - butterfly shots and others

Thanks and correct. The questions will be answered in one message which i will post later.

Thanks again.

mmistrz wrote:

Tony now you have to answer all the questions. Everybody wants
similar results.

I am green in so advanced photography. I always loved doing what
you've shown us.
My first camera was Zenith. 2 months wages and was not enough, then
Fujifilm s5500 and now s100fs. In previous one I had to make my ad on
lens for iridology and similar close ups.

Now I am struggling to make it.

Tell me please, what is the exotic name and code you mentioned and
how much it cost and where to get. In Australia can get it? What are
the options? where to look at them?

I hope that this lens you use can do what I call telemacro. That is
macro from significant distance.

Thanks

Michal

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twg
OP twg Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
S100fs - butterfly shots and others - the setups

Hi, for anyone who is interested in the setup of the s100fs+5320pro+flash, the comps are like this. The flash which is panasonic's PE36 is bounced upward and

an external reflector is attached IOT have average soft lighting conditions for all shots.

I only used the lower power of 2-Diopter lens which is attached by using an 67
72mm step-up ring since the thread of Raynox is 72mm :

There is one more powerful of 3-Diopter which can be attached with the 2-D
resulting in 5-Diopter.

To answer some questions :

I am curious about the 5320pro; how do you think it compares to the dcr-150 > or 250 that are the darlings of the FZ crowd?

I also have 150 and 250 but they are too small so I need to zoom in all the way to 400mm to ensure no dark corners. With 5320pro on s100fs, I can nicely and
freely use the zoom range fm 50mm till 400mm with no worry of dark corners.

PS. How did you manage to get such great close-ups of insects, especially the > perfect focusing...they're not the easiest and willing of subjects!?!

Correct, those are naughtly guys. Of course you will have to patiently search and

wait until one stays at a flower or so without motion. By using the IS-1, you can
view a more stabled frame thru the EVF/LCD so you can be easier to point the

focus mark precisely on the eyes and once the focus is locked you can take the pic.... One thing I would give a credit to s100fs - once the focus is locked at a

point e.g. the eye, the image will sharp without 'focus-shift' problems with some
DSLR gear (eg. canon's).

That Raynox looks very good in these shots. Was it more $ than the 250 / 150 > that we use on the 58mm threaded lenses?

Yes, more expensive than 250/150. I forgot the prize but sure the 5320pro is
more expensive. The thread of 5320 is 72mm and big, but confident.

On a few of the shots with butterfly or moth wings, the flash reads a little hot > on my monitor (but it could easily be my monitor), do you use a diffuser?

As you can see, I used an external reflector and I thing it might be better than a diffuser. You are correct, the flash might be over/under-exposed the pcs since it is not TTL. I will need to do a lot of compensation things by changing the F#,
ISO value and + - compen on the flash unit.

Tell me please, what is the exotic name and code you mentioned and how > much it cost and where to get. In Australia can get it? What are the options? > where to look at them?

I hope that this lens you use can do what I call telemacro. That is macro from > significant distance

You may find more info in Raynox's website for s100fs (this is new) and all the
answers you want are there :

http://www.raynox.co.jp/english/digital/pdf/FUJIFILM_FinePix_S100FS.pdf

I am very interested in the new DCR2025-pro - a 2.2x specially for s100fs. I have an former 2020-pro but all corners are soft and dark.....:((

THANK YOU FOR READING TO THIS LINE.

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Andy Dunn Senior Member • Posts: 2,314
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Great clarity and detail in these shots, I am very impressed with the first two and would be proud to call them my own.
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