2bees, 2bugs, a bird and a bush

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Fooling around in the yard yesterday afternoon while dodging mosquitoes.....

old slow moving bumble bee with nikon 200 f4 micro...

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moth on butterfly bush with 200 f4 micro...

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another bee on purple salvia with 200 f4 micro...

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a little moth drinking (not quite in good focus I think)..200 f4 micro..

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finch sitting on bamboo stick...nikon 80-400 @ 400

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the bush...geranium blossum @ 2.5X with reversed nikon 24mm...

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Thanks for looking.....
 
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Whoa Mike!! I wish you hadn't posted these. I'm having a very difficult time trying not to buy that lens (the 200 micro). :lol:

Great shots. :wink:
 
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Flew said:
Whoa Mike!! I wish you hadn't posted these. I'm having a very difficult time trying not to buy that lens (the 200 micro). :lol:

Great shots. :wink:
Awwwww....just buy it :wink:

Or... get a used Nikon 55 2.8 micro for about $185 (I have one of those too)......it's even sharper just no AF (which you don't need anyway for macro)....depends on how much working distance you need...!! 8)
 
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Hi Mike:

Great to see you and your macros here! What a magnificent lens that is. I have been trying to save a few dollars by buying the 500D for my 70-200VR so I wouldn't need to buy the 200 f4. Can you tell me what the distance is from the front of the lens to the subject? Can you handhold this lens?

Thank you.
 
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Lisa said:
Hi Mike:

Great to see you and your macros here! What a magnificent lens that is. I have been trying to save a few dollars by buying the 500D for my 70-200VR so I wouldn't need to buy the 200 f4. Can you tell me what the distance is from the front of the lens to the subject? Can you handhold this lens?

Thank you.
Hi Lisa...great to see that you made it over here too !!

The 200 f4 micro will focus down to 19"(1:1)....and yes, you can hand hold it (all of these were hand held and shot @ 1/250)...it is a bit heavy, however (42 oz)....so one can't carry it around ALL afternoon without a break... :wink:
 
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Mike:

That IS a heavy lens. Most of the macros I take, I am standing and sometimes looking down. That would pull me over for sure. Guess I'd have to lean on the ground and brace myself on my elbows as I find using a tripod for shooting insects to be cumbersome. Thanks for the info and thanks for posting these wonderful photos.
 
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Mike ,
they are very beautiful
I just love that big fat fuzzy bumble be.

I have one pic of a bee like that. just one......
 
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Gale said:
Mike ,
they are very beautiful
I just love that big fat fuzzy bumble be.

I have one pic of a bee like that. just one......
Thanks for your comments Gale... :) I really like the bees too...they aren't as hard as one might think to "capture"....that way my old body doesn't have to bend and stoop so much..!! :wink:
 
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MGlennn said:
Flew said:
I'm having a very difficult time trying not to buy that lens (the 200 micro). :lol:
Awwwww....just buy it :wink:
Mike,

I may just do that. Just have to wait for word from a certain new 17-35 owner. 8)
 
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