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11-Nov-2013

tripod.JPG

Pentax K200D
5s f/11.0 at 18.0mm iso400 full exif

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Lensrentals11-Nov-2013 23:06
I have already entered with 'Adaptall macro setup' but now I have seen examples of the competition and am clearly outclassed. My hats off to the 21 spacer tubes, the 500mm macro birder and all the others I have seen. What to do then? Roll over and give up? No! create my own category and storm it.The category I propose:-

The most optimistic modification to push the capabilities of a cheap tripod beyond all reasonable and sensible limits.

This was my previous attempt at getting a camera into the most awkward positions required to photograph spiders and any other creepy crawlies that just will not sit at a reasonable height and hang around while a blinkin' huge macro lens is pointed at them. The camera and lens is the same Nikon D5100, bellows and Tamron Adaptall (£9-99 off ebay) as seen in my previous entry, though without the Raynox as the photos following were taken before I bought that.
The spider was a resident in my garden for a while and was about 10mm(3/8") across his legs. The others are various buds and plant details from my garden, a couple of them were taken with my 40mm f/2.8 micro but were all on the modified tripod.
The tripod (as mentioned in my previous entry) is no longer usable as the pan locking thread stripped. You may notice that I had to set it up for these photos with the handle resting on one of the legs. It served me well for a while though and I have now invested in a much more suitable and better rated Vanguard item. The major improvement that I noticed immediately was the ability to see a steady image to focus on rather than trying to get a sharp image of something severely jumping around.
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