Assassin Bug with a Meal

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Due to these photos I will be ordering a set of manual cheapo extension tubes tomorrow. I would have loved to have caught these photos with full frame shots of this bug and his meal.

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This is an incredible series, what glass were you using?

I especially love your Assassin bug's striped legs!
 
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Nathanael: Very nice captures. I love my Pk tubes . There so great , its like having another lens. What lens are you using for these images?

Gregory
 
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great series!!!
Thank you.

This is an incredible series, what glass were you using?

I especially love your Assassin bug's striped legs!
I was using my Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro at 300mm in Macro mode....this gives me 1:2 which is pretty good.....but as you can see 1:1 or beyond would be helpful.

Great series of a freaky looking predator, the last one takes it for me....
Thanks. I saw one of these bugs a week or two ago and he chased a fly...I had no idea at the time that he was trying to make a meal out of him.

These are great, are thinking about kenkos? I thought someone in the for sale forum had them listed.
Thanks Tom. I'm actually thinking about some cheap ebay fully manual extension tubes. I found that out of all the pictures I took of this series, the ones manually focused were the ones best focused so I don't need AF. Plus I don't need metering as my settings are always about the same and I use flash comp to change my exposure.

Great work.I guess made with a tripod? Did you use any other lightsorce than the sun?
Am i right when the bug is some 6 to 8 mm "big" ?
Yes, I used a tripod on these. I usually get decent results handheld but my keeper rate went up a bit by using the tripod. Plus the bug was there for a good half hour eating so I had plenty of time to setup. My lightsource was a Single SB-600 off camera firing through a white 33" umbrella about 12-18 inches from the flower/bug.

Yeah, the bug was 6-8mm max. The entire flower that it's on wasn't much more than 2-3 inches across. I took a perspective shot of my umbrella next to the flowers, but forgot to post it.

Great shots and I can recommend the Kenko/Danuba tubes. Make sure you've got the full-AF aware set.
Thanks. As said above though....I probably won't need the more costly AF set. I just need something to get me by until I can get something like the Simga 105 or 150 macro lens.

Nate....
these are awesome, truly
well done
Thanks spalding.

Nathanael: Very nice captures. I love my Pk tubes . There so great , its like having another lens. What lens are you using for these images?

Gregory
Thanks Gregory. I think I already said responding to another person above, but I used the Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro which does incredibly well for it's price. I can imagine how nice some tubes would be...I just worry about my DOF a little which is already thin at 300mm.

Super shots. Great work.
Thank you Torben.
 

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