Hey… just got my newest toy, the Canon 500D achromatic closeup lens, a screw-on lens that turns the 70-200 lens into a highly versatile tele macro. What really amazes me is that the pictures of this combo are so much sharper than when I used my trusty old OM Zuiko 135/2.8 and extension tubes on the A7R.
Here are a couple of insect shots, taken at the Flehbachaue and Brücker Wildpark at Cologne, Germany. I also throw in some landscape shots to give an idea where these critters live.
My standard camera setting is M, shutter speed around 1/320 to 1/5oo sec., depending on if it is windy or not, f/8 to f/11, and auto ISO which on a typical insect shooting day normally ends up somewhere between ISO 250 and 2000 … and I use a Sony system flash which mainly acts as a fill-in, in high-speed-sync TTL mode.
Here’s a couple of Demoiselles:
And here’s where they live:
Next, some butterflies:
And these two I found here:
Some more random shots of today. Especially the first one shows that there is a limit regarding the closeup possibilities of the lens. It’s almost perfect for dragonflies and damselflies, but not that good for smaller insects – you’d prefer a true 90 or 100 mm macro lens for those, but Sony does not make one so far for its FE system…