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I got my own Christmas present to myself yesterday, with points I'd been saving a long while - my first real macro lens, the Oly 60, a little lens that weighs only a few oz and is easily pocketable but has good reviews. My first experiment was less than stellar, bringing home only a couple of images I would even keep, and I'm a pixel packrat. I probably won't have much time to practice till after Christmas, but am looking forward to new adventures with it. All comments appreciated, I know I have a lot to learn!
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Macro lenses are a blast to use. If this is a new lens, definitely spend some time getting used to it. In my experience not all macro lenses behave the same. Some have that no man's land between macro focus and normal focus while others have a special "macro" section on the focus ring. You don't even need to go outside to experiment. :)
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I hope you have a lot of fun with the lens, Minnie! It will surely be a different experience (think of Piet's close-ups!) than kitchen sink landscapes. This particular shot you've posted seems more of an in-between distance to me, and not really abstract with so many identifiable elements. I hope you're able to find subjects of interest that you can really stretch the limits of how close it will shoot. Does this mean the tripod will have to be dusted off? :)
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Good for you minniev...I'll agree with Linda about this image being in between....I'm sure Piet will be of assistance among others..
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LindaShorey wrote:I hope you have a lot of fun with the lens, Minnie! It will surely be a different experience (think of Piet's close-ups!) than kitchen sink landscapes. This particular shot you've posted seems more of an in-between distance to me, and not really abstract with so many identifiable elements. I hope you're able to find subjects of interest that you can really stretch the limits of how close it will shoot. Does this mean the tripod will have to be dusted off? :)

Surely not the hated tripod!

I took some that had a hairline of focus on some moss and some mushrooms, but seldom in the right place. I won't be trying for the focus rail stuff that Piet does, I don't think.

The lens has three settings that I've got to figure out. Obviously the "stick-it-on-the-camera-and-shoot" approach to learning didn't work well for me. And no, I never seem to know what goes where, even with all Duck's great reorganization to make it easier for dummies like me.
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Psjunkie wrote:Good for you minniev...I'll agree with Linda about this image being in between....I'm sure Piet will be of assistance among others..

It is a betweener, down low over the ice but not true 1:1. The lens has a 1:1 setting and two others that I haven't yet figured out the difference between, but the true 1:1 requires manual focus, and I didn't realize that till I got home and downloaded the instruction sheet so I could read it. The sheet in the box was printed in the correct size font for ladybugs and pixies to read, but not elderly humans.
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Post by Charles Haacker »

Dave articulated beautifully what I wood'a said. I love the picture as well and would have it on a wall. It would be especially nice to stare at when it's 110 with matching humidity. :D (Weather is like buses...)
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Charles Haacker wrote: Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:20 pm Dave articulated beautifully what I wood'a said. I love the picture as well and would have it on a wall. It would be especially nice to stare at when it's 110 with matching humidity. :D (Weather is like buses...)
Thank you Chuck. The ice has been fun. The lens is still a puzzle for me to solve!
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