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shawnt64
09-11-2005, 07:59
i have been using a little sony dsc-f717 for doing a lot of nature photography and specifically insects. the camera has a decent lens and a 5x digital zoom. Now to get a good shot of a bug i have to get about 3 feet away and then use the digital zoom. the dragonflies i like to track down will not let you get within 10 ft much less the 3 ft, but occasionally i can sneak to about 3ft. unfortunately the camera may focus on the branch or leaf the insect is on so i take 5 or so pics and hope that at least one is on the bug


i am looking to get the cannon 20d since it has a dot you can place on the object for perfect focus but it doesn't have the digital zoom so i have to be almost a foot away to get a shot which is pratically impossible.


i have been tracking down the 100 or so species of dragonflies in the pensacola area and am up to about 50 and of course the last 50 are very wary

shawnt64
09-11-2005, 08:05
oh well i tried to link to a few of my pics but it didn't work out


here is my fathers site. he has the 20d and is documenting "All" the butterflies in the southwest http://www.kimandmikeontheroad.com/

Mild Bill
09-11-2005, 19:11
I cropped that Dragonfly if you don't mind...

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y33/Mild_Bill/Animal%20Photos/Dragonfly.jpg

Nice shot!

;c
:)

Screehopper
09-12-2005, 12:07
Originally posted by shawnt64
i am looking to get the cannon 20d since it has a dot you can place on the object for perfect focus but it doesn't have the digital zoom so i have to be almost a foot away to get a shot which is pratically impossible.

What you want to do is buy a macro lens for your future Canon 20D. I have a 60mm/2.8 macro (I shoot Nikon, but there is a Canon equivalent) and you can focus down to a few inches for a 1 to 1 lifesize reproduction. If you're serious about macrophotography there is also the 105mm/2.8 ($$). There is also a 200mm/4.0 ($$$$).

shawnt64
09-12-2005, 13:15
hey thanks Mild Bill and Screehopper. well my pic of that dragonfly was from 3' away, so it would be really nice to get a lens recommendation. there just isn't any way to get within a foot of these little critters. their eyes work very good lol.

Screehopper
09-12-2005, 14:17
Originally posted by shawnt64
hey thanks Mild Bill and Screehopper. well my pic of that dragonfly was from 3' away, so it would be really nice to get a lens recommendation. there just isn't any way to get within a foot of these little critters. their eyes work very good lol.

Wow, that's from 3' away?

I was looking at the specs for the Canon 60mm/2.8 Macro and the minimum focussing distance is 4". Now if you can get that close to a dragonfly for a shot that's a whole different story. :)

shawnt64
09-13-2005, 16:16
thanks guys^c i will let everyone know when i get my site up so i can post all of my bug pics. i definitely have to get a new camera cause of the little spill i took in joshua tree national park. falling down a rocky cactus filled hillside does wonders for the camera.;)

spober
09-13-2005, 18:25
The 60mm or even a 100 mm macro will still require you to get real close a 180-200mm macro may help.their not cheap.the 60mm 400-the 105 canon or nikon about 800 a sigma 100 maby 400.a 180 or 200 over a grand.

MrsKitty
09-16-2005, 16:24
I have a fascination with bug pics too ;f

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a327/misskitty5077/FowersWeeds050.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a327/misskitty5077/FowersWeeds030.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a327/misskitty5077/FowersWeeds119.jpg

shawnt64
09-16-2005, 18:24
nice pics misskitty ^c

http://aa.bebo.com/aa/large/2005080716/18471024a12991069b429940672l.jpg

http://ab.bebo.com/ab/large/2005080716/18471024a12991543b566794182l.jpg

http://ab.bebo.com/ab/large/2005080716/18471024a12992230b586608952l.jpg

shawnt64
09-16-2005, 18:27
http://ab.bebo.com/ab/large/2005080716/18471024a12992237b339109327l.jpg


http://ba.bebo.com/ba/large/2005081219/18471024a13391455b627139032l.jpg

http://bb.bebo.com/bb/large/2005081416/18471024a13509558b316986156l.jpg