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Some Mirrorless 5X Macro Fun. (Too much fun, actually).

Some Mirrorless 5X Macro Fun. (Too much fun, actually). | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"I generally don’t write separate reviews on items. I put a ‘take’ up on most items we rent, letting people know what I think about it. That lets me be neutral because it doesn’t make me any difference what people rent as long as they’re happy with it: the return on a $10,000 lens and a $200 lens is the same to us. So if I think a product isn’t good I’ll suggest something else.
Every once in a while, though, I’ll evaluate a piece of equipment as a possible rental item and really be impressed with it. Impressed enough to write something about it even though we don’t even stock it for rent (yet). That happened today. We received a Nanoha Ultra Macro lens for mirrorless cameras that I’d ordered to evaluate as a possible rental item. Let me start by saying my expectations were low. The lens is made from a microscope objective so it has a maximum f/11 aperture. It has some LED lights on the front which I usually think of as something cheap and ineffective. If you Google Nanoha you get 42 pages about a female Anime character. But they had some nice images on their site, and I thought it might, might be worth a look."

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Three Super Macro Rigs You Can Build At Home

Three Super Macro Rigs You Can Build At Home | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"After posting the big Macro tutorial, I thought it would be interesting to see what extreme macroists (yea, it's a new word) use to get those super detailed shots.

I was surprised by the amount of ingenuity compared to the amount of High end gear (hint more of the first, less of the second). This just goes to show that even with what you may consider highly specialized areas like macro, you can still make some pretty darn good pictures if you accept the lack of money as a creative constraint rather than a wall of bricks."

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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 40 mm f/2.8G Review

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 40 mm f/2.8G Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"In July 2011 the Nikon company quite unexpectedly presented a new lens - the Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 40 mm f/2.8G. It is a macro instrument, with the 1:1 reproduction ratio, designed to cooperate with reflex cameras featuring DX sensor format. It gives the same angle of view as a 60 mm device on full frame (so 39 degrees). It is a bit too much for a typical standard lens but, after all, standard lenses are not only equivalents of classic 50 mm instruments but also lenses with a bit longer focal lengths. Those who ever took photos using analogue Zenit cameras might recall the immortal Helios 2/58 lenses. Even today on the market you can find standard lenses with the focal length longer than 50 mm - you can mention here, e.g. the Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II.
To sum up, the new Nikon lens can have at a push even three uses. First of all it is a macro device but it can be also considered a standard lens or be used as a telephoto for less stiff portraits."

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Nikon launches AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.8 macro lens: Digital Photography Review

Nikon launches AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.8 macro lens: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Nikon has announced an inexpensive macro lens aimed at entry-level DSLR users. The AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G offers true 1:1 macro in a compact, lightweight package. With its inbuilt silent wave motor it will autofocus on all Nikon DSLRs, including those that lack in-body AF motors such as the D3100 and D5100. It uses an internal focus system with close-range correction to attain a minimum focus distance of just 16cm / 6.4", equating to approximately 5cm / 2" from the front of the lens. It will be available from 25th August, at an MSRP $279.95.
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Fotoopa’s unbelievable Nikon custom rig for capturing insects in flight

Fotoopa’s unbelievable Nikon custom rig for capturing insects in flight | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
I have covered Flickr member Fotoopa and his custom made Nikon rig for capturing insects in flight in the past. He now has an improved monster machine. The main camera is a Nikon D300 + 105mm f/2.8D lens but there is an external shutter Uniblitz VS14 between the camera and the lens that reduces the shutter lag from 52 msec to 3.3 msec.
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Using Baking Powder As A Macro Tube

Using Baking Powder As A Macro Tube | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
We said it before, macro tubes are nothing more that air wrapped in plastic :)
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Sigma reveals APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM full-frame 1:1 macro lens

Sigma reveals APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM full-frame 1:1 macro lens | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Sigma has announced the APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM, an image stabilized telephoto macro lens. The company claim it is the first 180mm macro to combine 1:1 reproduction with an F2.8 maximum aperture. It offers a closest focusing distance of 47cm (18.5 inches) and includes the company's optical stabilization and 'FLD' fluorite-like glass elements. An internal focus design and ring-type HSM focus motor allow full-time manual focus override. Pricing and availability will be announced later."

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Using Lasers To Take Insane 3D Macro Photographs Of Flying Insects

Using Lasers To Take Insane 3D Macro Photographs Of Flying Insects | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"If taking high end macro shots of insects strikes you as hard, how about upping the level by taking the pictures while insects are in buzzing around mid-flight. Too easy you say. Let do this 3D.

Photographer and designer Frans Fotoopa (photo grandpa) built a monster futuristic camera rig that does just that. Taking 3D images of fast flying insects in mid air."

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Lens Review: Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S Micro

Lens Review: Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S Micro | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

The Nikon 40mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens was announced in July 2011. As an APS-C compatible lens, it is designed for Nikon's line of consumer dSLR cameras such as the D3100, D5100 and D7000. The lens will provide an effective field of view of 60mm when mounted on these cameras, and will vignette when used on a full-frame camera...

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Nanoha macro lens prototype with 5x magnification for Micro Four Thirds

Nanoha macro lens prototype with 5x magnification for Micro Four Thirds | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Japanese company Yasuhara showed a prototype of a new Nanoha macro lens for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras. The lens can provide 5 times magnification.
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Freelensing A Macro Lens

Freelensing A Macro Lens | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Our friend Destin (whom you may remember from his excellent cheapo high speed tutorial, heck I stalk this guy so much he'd probably called the cops by now), just came up with a quick little video...
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[Hack] Super Easy Macro Lighting Using a Pringles Can

[Hack] Super Easy Macro Lighting Using a Pringles Can | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
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