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Hoverflies Paradise with the 200mm micro

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by tojor, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Lots of hover flies having a party in my garden this year. So plenty of opportunities to use the 200mm f.4 micro. All taken with tripod and remote release.

    As you can see they are having a party. :smile:

    This one is cleaning itself after a mild rain shower.

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    Making new hover flies.

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    A spectator

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    But no paradise without a snake. In this case it's the Coenosia tigrina fly. Dispite it's small size it's an aggresive predator and will attack even a hover fly twice his size if he gets the chance.

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  2. bobarue


    Aug 9, 2005
    Very nice work!
  3. Fantastic. I have envious thoughts when I see the quality of work one can do with a Nikon macro lens.
  4. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thank you to the both of you. The 200mm micro is a pretty sharp lens.
  5. Excellent shots Torben...nice and sharp!
  6. Outstanding quality images. Well done Torben!
    Wish I could afford it. It costs as much as the 70-200VR and it would be a difficult decision once I save enough for one of the two. I'm always lusting for the 70-200VR but these images make me lust for this one too.
  7. Wow. Nice pictures, Torben. What was the approximate shooting distance?
  8. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks Anthony.

    Thanks Alex. I know how it is. I would love to have the 70-200mm too, but as I have the 80-200 my needs are well covered with that. I bought the 200mm micro from Patrick B, our founding father. He didn't mind sending it to Denmark. It was like new and with taxes I got for half the price of a new one here in Denmark.

    Hi Daniel and thanks. I would say I was about 30-35 cm's from the subjects.
  9. matt


    Jul 3, 2006

    This is just superb.
  10. Impressive - as always!

  11. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Thank you Matt and Don. I apreciate your comments.
  12. Really superb work - as usual - Torben. Perfect focus and expert composition. A delight to view :biggrin:
    My regards to the dogs!!
  13. So sharp! Awesome shots. So much detail.
  14. wgilles


    Apr 25, 2008
    Wow, super sharp and clean. Everything about these images is fantastic.
  15. NateS


    Oct 11, 2007
    Incredible, incredible shots. Yeah, it's a crazy sharp lens...but not anybody can get shots like that with that lens....that takes some skill. Just wanted to point out since there's so many "awesome lens" comments when it's really the "awesome photographer" that knows how to properly use that lens that makes the shots great.

    Kudos to you, and I hope if I ever get a lens like that, that I am able to learn to use it as well as you do.
  16. boyscout


    Mar 19, 2009
    Torgen, these are stunning! Incredible sharpness and rich natural color.

    These made me look back at a bunch of your previously-posted images. Wow.

    Part of what makes your images so great is that sharpness doesn't seem to fall off so quickly as it does in much macro photography. It looks like you're very good at macro 101 - keep your subject plane parallel to the camera plane - but you also seem to have more DOF than I've been getting with my 105VR. Do the 200mm and 300mm lenses you seem to use most give you advantages in that regard over shorter lenses?

    If you feel like someone is looking over your shoulder from now on, that'll be me. Thanks for this inspiration.
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  17. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Hi Charilie. Thanks for your comment. The dogs are fine. A couple of them are getting old like me though.

    Thank you for your comment.

    Thank you Will. I'm glad you liked them.

    Thanks Nate. Patience, light and no wind are pretty important factors to make a nice shot.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. I alway try to find what I consider the best angle to the object. With the 300mm I'm mostly shooting dragonflies. I mostly use f8 to f11 depending on the subject and background. When using the 200mm for smaller creatures I need to stop further down for more DOF. I used to shoot with a 105mm in my early macro days but needed more reach for skittish insect. Given the same shooting distance and f-stop the shorter lens will give more DOF. To get the same magnification you will have to get closer to the object and the DOF evens out I guess.
  18. hpfalcon


    Jan 10, 2009
    I love the sharpness of these. I realy need a macro with longer reach than 50mm lol
  19. Hi Torben!

    Great series! Hovers are nice although I´m very happy I´m not that intereseted in them as there´re many species and many of them are really difficult to tell which one...
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