Carolyn: Glad we had a clear sample of why the 5T is easier and better than the 6T. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
I remember the thrashing I took when I posted my daisy-like anemone shot with my then-new 105mm Micro @f2.8. I personally like this look. It's very soothing and dreamy, rather than just a "record shot". Maybe no one else noticed, but I can appreciate the extra care it took to get the stems of both strawberries in focus at such magnification and with such shallow DOF. ---scott
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." Pablo Picasso
I read somewhere that shooters have a tendency to waste some depth of field by focusing on the nearest point of the subject. This allows the foreground area of 'acceptable' focus to go unused. When dealing with a small range of focus you can maximize your subject impact by focusing as deep into the scene as possible to render as much texture in eye catching clarity. The 'berries being very 3dimensional might gain by using a spot on the body of the fruit rather than the stem for focusing. This may require manual focus and maybe even DOF preveiw. A tripod or mount would also be handy to stabalize everything for composition. Gosh I sound like I have done this...oh actually I do quite a bit of close-up filter and psuedo-macro shooting. I use a cheap Tamron 100-300mm zoom with single lens close-up filters and a Vivitar 70-150 with a false macro, close focusing feature to shoot flowers at several local botanical gardens and arboretums. I do shoot many hand held but the ones that see enlargement (usually to a max of 8x10) are likely to be tripod shot. I have taken most of these at 1:3...1:2 but try to grasp the subject as a part of a whole meaning the background is used to accentuate the focused center of attention. Jeff Markus
Hi, Indeed I used manual focus and a tripod for this shot. Actually, it was a good example of how troublesome it was to use a 6T close-up lens - the DOF was very small and I took several shots of these strawberries with the focus on different "planes" and this was the pick of the bunch. Focussing on the strawberry bodies themselves put the stalks out of focus, but focussing on the stalks puts the strawberries out of focus. It was a compromise. I used an aperture of f8 for this, I think -- in hindsight I really should have gone all the way up to f22, but I think the moral of the story (for me at least!) is that the 6T is not appropriate for every close-up situation -- I was just lucky that in this case, the "misty" feel made the subject quite interesting for me!
Oh I wish I could remember. I think I was using the 300mm end of the lens but can't remember much else about it. I gave myself eye ache squinting into the viewfinder trying to focus, and in the end, I found it easier to just move the tripod backwards and forwards until I had most of the stalks in focus! Pushing the strawberries around didn't help that much.
Oops. Yes, these were old strawberries I found at the back of my fridge! Didn't think that many people would notice.
I think I may have made a mistake buying the 6T instead of the 5T -- I was in a big hurry and ordered it before getting a definite response on Nikonians about which was better... or perhaps I'm just doing something wrong about the DOF!
Better choose some fresher strawberries as these sample are not very appetizing on close up I found the lack of DOF wanting.Obviously taking shots of still life,you have the liberty of arranging the fruits to bring certain parts onto the same narrow focal plane if so desired. jasper