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More Butterflies

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Winnie, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. Decided on an early start (4.30am!) this morning to make the most of the dry weather. Found a few butterflies still dormant from the night before but the slight breeze was less than ideal conditions.

    I was also looking to compare the Sigma 180mm Macro lens to the Nikkor 300mm f4 + 56mm tubes.

    One from the 300/f4 + tubes
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    Nikon D200 ,Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S
    1/2s f/9.0 at 300.0mm iso200

    Similar shot from the Sigma 180 macro
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    Nikon D200 ,Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM
    1/8s f/7.1 at 180.0mm iso200

    I don't think it's a true comparison as the breeze fluctuated at various times and I also had a plamp in place for the 2nd shot. I am still impressed with the 300's capabilities and have the Nikon PN-11 tube on order to replace the more flimsy Kenko tubes I currently have. I still believe there is more to come from the setup once I get a heavier tripod too.

    A couple more from this morning
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    Nikon D200 ,Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM
    1/8s f/7.1 at 180.0mm iso200

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    Nikon D200 ,Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM
    1/10s f/9.0 at 180.0mm iso200

    Comments welcomed.


  2. _Jorge_


    Jul 3, 2007
    Very good job! I tried and I tried and can't get shots like these. The last one, then 2nd one are my favorites, awesome! Thanks for sharing.
  3. biggstr6


    Apr 26, 2005
    Very Nice . I like the Comp. in 1,2, & 4 better than # 3, But all very nice.
  4. batangueno


    May 10, 2007
    I really like the last one. Great detail.
  5. Beautiful, Alex. That 180 does a wonderful job in your hands. I too, like the detail in #4. Thanks for sharing.
  6. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Excellent shots Alex. I like the Sigma shots. I have the 105 and I love it but I don't like the short working distance. I usually only use the 36 mm tube from Kenko. I'm lusting for the Nikon PN-11 too.
  7. SSchex


    May 18, 2005
    Louisiana, USA
    Well done Alex. I had some wind issues this morning too. After using the kenko tubes you will really like the nikon ones.
  8. Thanks all, appreciate the feedback.

    I am looking forward to getting the PN-11 although I will have to learn how to set the D200 up to meter with it.


  9. Excellent shots, Alex!

    D200 will meter with PN-11 just fine. You can use all three metering options... You have to tell the cam the focal lenght and the max aperature of the lens you´re using... that´s all...
  10. these are very nice
  11. snakeman


    Feb 26, 2006
    very nice..I like the look of the 180mm shots..I will be getting this lens soon,or even the tamron 180mm just for the extra reach
  12. nice shots
    i prefer my sig 150 over my 300/4 for 'close ups'
  13. Thanks Jukka.

    When you enter the focal length do you add the tube length to it? i.e. 352.5mm?


  14. Thanks all for the kind words.

    Randy - I am torn between the 2 right now but love the extra working distance from the 300. Maybe for more flighty subjects I will feel the benefit more.


  15. mdsign


    Jun 14, 2006
    I don't know about the 300 afs looks like the sigma blows it away. What do you think?

    The photos are very beautifull. I love to hike with you someday.

    cheers, Mark
  16. Cheers Mark.

    I think the 300mm is that much more demanding due to the focal length and stability issues. When I get a perfectly still morning and a better tripod I will be in a better position to test. I am judging the possibilities based on Ronnie Gauberts work, http://www.pbase.com/ronnie_14187/d200_nature_of_louisiana_2007.

    Whenever you fancy an outing let me know, I would love to see the master in action. Maybe one day I will visit Holland for more than just passing through Amsterdam airport.


  17. No, just 300mm. At least that´s what I did :smile:
  18. OK, thanks.

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