The 200 f4 and Odonata (graphic image)

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Some shots with my like new 200mm f.4 micro that I bought from Patrick. Some of them are taken late afternoon when the sun was low.

Some Lestes sponsa - "copper damsel"

A young female

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A couple of young males

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A young male of Sympetrum sanguineum - "Bloodred Libelle". Later he will turn all red.

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This young Sympetrum sanguineum only lived for one day when he became dinner to a Libellula quadrimaculata.

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This shot of the female Orthetrum cancellatum - "Big blue arrow" was taken with the 200mm and a Kenko 1.4 TC.

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Thanks Paul. Still learning to use it properly. I think I will use it for damsels and smaller insects. The close focus distance is really nice without having to use tubes.
 
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Nicely done. I use a 1.4 TC on my 105 VR sometimes. The extra reach is nice, but still leaves something to be desired sometimes.
 

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Wonderful!!!! I'm so glad you are putting it to good use.

Thanks for sharing,
 
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Amazing series, Torben! Glad you posted these. That 2nd to the last one!!!:eek:
Thanks. I saw the catch and followed them and did a series of shots. Felt bad about the victim though.

Beautiful pictures. Looks like a superb lens.
Thanks Art. It's a very sharp lens for sure.

Nicely done. I use a 1.4 TC on my 105 VR sometimes. The extra reach is nice, but still leaves something to be desired sometimes.
Thanks Gary. The reach is important for the more shy ones so with the 1.4 Kenko TC it certainly helps.

Wonderful!!!! I'm so glad you are putting it to good use.

Thanks for sharing,
Thanks Patrick. And thanks for being willing to ship a newer than new lens abroad.

WOW! Torben that lens is certainly working well for ya! Stunning captures!
Thanks Dianne. I'm very happy with the lens.
 
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Your work is incredibly good!
Thanks Rich. The Café has been a great inspiration and motivation.

Wow Torben these are just fabulous...I love the first few copper ones the irridescent colour is just superb!
Thanks for posting...always looking for your series.
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Thanks Barb. I like the copper damsels as well myself. When they mature the turn blue like this:

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Torben, congrats on your new 200mm f/4 micro. It is an incredible lens and I sure it will do wonders in your capable hands.
Thanks Birgit. I think it will be a great supplement to my 300mm f.4.
 
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All are really great shots, but 5 is an awesome, wish it were mine, looks like you are having fun with the 200, did you use tubes on #5??
Thanks Tom. No tubes were used and I was allowed to get real close as she (it's a she) was more concerned about eating than about me.

Torben, you out did yourself. I am amazed at your abillity to capture such incredible detail.:wink:
Thanks Troy. The 200mm is a sharp lens indeed.
 
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Torben,
I don't think we have the Copper damsels around here. At least I haven't seen them. The damsel I am keeping an eye out for is the American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) that is supposed to be around here.
It's driving me nuts not being able to go out shooting because of my back.... hopefully a few more days.
 
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Torben,
I don't think we have the Copper damsels around here. At least I haven't seen them. The damsel I am keeping an eye out for is the American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) that is supposed to be around here.
It's driving me nuts not being able to go out shooting because of my back.... hopefully a few more days.
I think you do have some damselflies of the Family Lestidae in Oregon. You call them Spreadwings. They might look different from ours. The Rubyspot is a beautiful Calopteryx damselfly. We have two species of Calopteryx in our country. I was out last week shooting them.

one of the greatest lenses of all time in some very capable hands and look what ya get! Fantastic Torben.
Thanks Dave. It sure is nice to work with the best tools. I guess that goes for fishing too. :smile:
 
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Excellent series, Torben!

Looks like money well spend! :smile:

I would love to have that lens too, but then again, I already have an excellent lens...:smile:

By the way, first S. sanguineum, looks like a female...check appendage :smile:
 
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