Macro Work with the 50-200mm Lens:Cs & Cs Please

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makarandsaraf Senior Member • Posts: 1,229
Macro Work with the 50-200mm Lens:Cs & Cs Please
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The Beautiful Butterfly

The Fly-A 100% Crop

The Garden Lizard

Spidey

Signature Spider with Four Signatures

Don t know the ID of this Spidey

The Giant Wood Spider

The Caterpillar

The Wasp.......

and the Damsel

Hello,

Posting some macro shots taken with the 50-200mm lens with my beloved E-620.All are JPEGs straight out of the camera taken hand held-some have been resized for the reduction of size.These are almost my first shots with this superb lens so please feel free to comment or criticize my work.Hoping you like them.

Thanking you in anticipation.

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Airmel
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Re: Macro Work with the 50-200mm Lens:Cs & Cs Please

Great shots!.Congrats on a real winner.

I love using my 50-200mm for "stand off" macro work. It's a fabulous lens.

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vadimraskin Veteran Member • Posts: 3,596
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Nice shots but a bit soft, which is totally understandable being handheld. I, too, love this lens but for macros the camera needs to be either on the tripod or stabilized some other way to get sharper images. But this is a lot of fun taking pictures from afar and seeing results come to life.

Good try and keep posting.

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19andrew47
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Nice series.

sunisri
sunisri Senior Member • Posts: 1,444
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Very nice macro work Makarand. I like all of them did you use EX-25 or just ZD 50-200mm lense. Its a pretty nice lense I own it use it most of the times for tele + macro work.

Thanks for sharing the pics.

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JiminDenver Veteran Member • Posts: 5,190
I think you did great

For being hand held and not post processed, they look fine. I hope you join us in the Weekly Close Up.

My macro is either handheld or with a monopod. The 50-200 and EX 25 is my long range set up but it's with a mono pod. It's just easier to get the best focus that way. (and to hold it)

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You make Macro look easy.

Super shots.  Can I ask a question though?  How many shots did you take in this set to get these results?

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Roger Engelken
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That is indeed an exquisite lens (I purchased mine last month).  I've yet to use it for macro type shots, but it should do fairly nicely.  Yours overall do look pretty good, and thanks for sharing.

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Very nice series and good use of this lens. Maybe try taking some with a tripod/monopod as close up shots should be as sharp as possible. Also I would give them a bit of contrast and sharpen them in PP.

Cheers

Dennis

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Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 6,934
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The spider shots are really nice Makarand.
The others are good compositions and well framed, however the soft light renders them a little too flat-toned particularly the  Lizard and the 2nd damsel, and  being green on green loses even more clarity.

I agree with Dennis, with a little PP to increase contrast and clarity the images will really stand out.

I have noted that you seem to favour out-of-camera jpg, however I have found that with macro work the closer I get to a subject the more important the PP becomes to deal with lighting constraints

regards

Peter

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Thank you ....

for taking out the time to watch my work and commenting on it.

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Thanks a lot for the tips......

Thanks for watching and commenting on my work.I do have a tripod and find it a bit difficult to carry around-I am not a very big person ,neither very muscular- so have actually never used any tripod for my work-but yes I do understand its necessity for getting sharpness in my work.For macro shots we need to be sometimes level with the ground or  the subject is at awkward angles so have never really used a tripod for macros-but yes I have seen people using a monopod for their macro work and plan to acquire one soon.The butterfly was shot almost lying down on the ground- so in that case even a monopod i believe would have not helped much.

Thanks for watching.

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Only the lens .........

was used as having spent almost 490 USD on the lens I am on a tight budget and looking forward to sell my 70-300mm lens to finance the EX-25 and the EC-14.Thanks for the watching and commenting on my work.

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Thanks Jim........

I do post sometimes in the Close up thread but not as regularly as I do in the bird forum,yes I have posted these shots as well this week.Thanks for your kind comments.

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You make Macro look easy:Thank you

I took only two shots of the butterfly and the fly before they were off and two shots of the caterpillar as well, the lizard allowed 4 shots,the giant wood spider and the other large spider I took two shots.The signature spider needed some 6-7 shots as did the other small spider.Of the wasp I took around 10-12 shots but I am still not very happy with that result,the Damsel I took 4 shots.

Thanks for watching and the kind words.

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Thanks Roger........

the lens I am simply loving it and I am yet to come to terms with its capabilities.So it may need a lot of practice before I can get the best out of this lens.Thanks for watching.

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Thanks a lot Dennis............

yes I am thinking of getting a monopod now as per your and other members' suggestion.Not sure about the PP though as neither do I have the time for it(This is just a hobby and my wife will kill me for being constantly on the PC),nor do I have the inclination to learn it just now.Maybe down the line sometime I will surely do it.

Thanks again.

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Thanks a lot Peter...........

.. yes I will definitely learn to do PP but maybe sometime later.The monopod and the EX-25 are on my priority list.Hope to get them soon.......... and thanks for being so supportive.

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Very nice and the spiders are superm. I do agree with others on the contrast on some of the other shoots. Well done.

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