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Old 02-20-2014, 12:46 AM   #11
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I don't blame you for staying with Canon. They make great gear, plus replacing glass just for another brand is pointless and too expensive. When film gear went out I was stuck with about $3000 worth of camera and lenses. They were Minolta and they never made a DSLR body to fit the old lenses. They screwed us old customers big time. So that's when I switched to Nikon gear. My first digital was a Nikon compact (can't remember the model and I sold it when I got the 5100, but it took great pictures for a point and shoot.
The shrimp macro is spot on! Is your GF pretty hip on photography? I haven't done any yet but I want to play with doing some 24meg LAW settings next on mine. You are going to really appreciate taking the photography course. You use its knowledge all your life. Mine was a course by Kodak back in the 80's. Later, OS.
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I'll suggest a proper macro, get the sigma 150 OS.

Most of my favourite pictures were taken with that lens. If you're on a nikon Dx it is virtually flawless (can't talk about cannon, I'm in the wrong camp)

The focus, try spot metering and a/f continuous servo.

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@ OS, I really really Hope you hung on to those lenses, if the mount is the same Minolta dynax 5d.
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Great photography lesson site. Thanks for sharing that.
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Great photography lesson site. Thanks for sharing that.
I believe you assisted me with some questions I had about planted tanks some time ago so no worries and cheers.

Glad to see you're still making really nice tanks! It really is a disease, not a hobby!

(I would've given you that page anyway, they've helped me loads CIC.com and Flickr people have taught me basically everything)
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Thanks J. Yes I've got all the old Minolta stuff. The pride of my bag is a f4 200mm prime. The body is just the old M370 but its the lenses I have that made it a great, quick to use with great shots. Also the f1.2 50mm was a favorite of mine. OS.
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Thanks J. Yes I've got all the old Minolta stuff. The pride of my bag is a f4 200mm prime. The body is just the old M370 but its the lenses I have that made it a great, quick to use with great shots. Also the f1.2 50mm was a favorite of mine. OS.
Yes, it's all about the glass! They sound like serious pieces of kit. I would really like a fast tele prime but the cost is enough to make your eyes water. Still I have the best I can currently afford so maybe if the angels come down and back me up for a while may be I will be able to land myself just such a lens. (Translates roughly to "in a dream") currently I own three standard zooms covering me from 10-300mm and the previously mentioned 150mm macro. (I think I've only just outgrown the 18-55 kit zoom, it's more than acceptable for a lot of things but is a slow lens except at 18mm no I.F. is a pain) I have just acquired a super wide 10-24 which is unbelievable! You only gain 6mm over the kit lens but what a difference that makes at the wide end!!!(plenty of these)!!!!!!!!!
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Dude those are some nice pics! They should be illegal, I'm jealous of your camera!
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J, do you have any macro shots you could post with that Sigma 150? What's the closest distance you can get to the subject? OS.
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J, do you have any macro shots you could post with that Sigma 150? What's the closest distance you can get to the subject? OS.
It would be easier for you to go to my flickr page (it's safe family viewing) most of my insects are shot with that lens, open a picture and click the 150mm tag.

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Horsefly.

That's my first decent bug shot taken about a week after I got the lens. I've been on it now for about a year. The close focus (1:1) is 38cms approx from the image plane.

Click the 150mm tag on that pic it will throw up nearly all the pictures ive shot with the sigma.


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These are my babies, shot with kit lens. (Lenses not kiddies)

The header pic on my profile the crane fly, that is a seriously good (I think) example of the lens at work.
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Glad to see you're still making really nice tanks! It really is a disease, not a hobby!

(I would've given you that page anyway, they've helped me loads CIC.com and Flickr people have taught me basically everything)
Glad I can help, too. Thanks on the compliment on the tanks
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