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learning the 55 3.5 at Bronx BG

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by mood, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    my "new" 55 3.5 macro went to the Bronx BG today
    always a sucker for limited DOF
    which is not the best for macro I guess :cool: 

    still getting the hang of micro and manual focus

    some attempts

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    took this one upside -down

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    pretty good at infinity too

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  2. rotxlk82


    Jul 20, 2007
    Pretty shots Frank, I like the blue flower (no6) the best
  3. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Awesome, Frank. The 2nd and 4th ones are ace!
  4. MRIMATT63


    Jan 27, 2008
    Allen, TX
    Great "attempts" !

  5. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    thanks Robert, Francis and Matt

    I need to practice more for sure
    I think I should have gone longer also..90 or 105mm

    still deciding
  6. Frank, My trouble is I have to Keep practicing!.
    Nice shots though!. Number 4 is great. The limited dof really works here
  7. Nice set Frank. I like the upside down shot, I love how that filled the frame. Nicely done.
  8. Hi Frank

    I don't shoot domestic flowers myself but I like all your shots. Why not just add a 105 to your lens stable. I recently picked up an old 105 f4 ais to my 55 f3.5. I find uses for both.


  9. rotxlk82


    Jul 20, 2007
    I agree with Larry's idea, allthough I have had a Sigma 105mm macro for some time I still feel that my 55 AIS (in my case the F2.8 model) is worthy of keeping because it's a more general focal lenght with the added abilty of macro.

    The 105 focal lenght allows for some decent working distance for insects and also gives you some scope to isolate large subjects such as flower heads against a dramatically compressed background. All of the modern AF offerings in the ~105mm range are good however as Larry also noted older optics such as the 105/4 AIS are still very able.
  10. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    thanks alot Vince, Rich, Larry

    I guess you are right Robert
    I am thinking of getting a Tamron 90, so I would have a little length, and some nice OOF rendering

    if so, I may keep the 55, might not

    I also tried the PK13 tube I got for it
    didn't even get a keeper with that thing....:cool: 
  11. Crave

    Crave Guest

    The 4 is great, the dof and colours are great!
    The 2 is good as well!!
  12. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    thanks Crave
  13. Nothing better than a new old lens! I think the shallow DOF is great.
  14. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    thanks John
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