Sony A7R + FE 70-200/4 + Canon 500D closeup lens: Demoiselles and butterflies in Cologne

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:

Demoiselle (female).

Demoiselle, female (Calopteryx virgo).

Download 36 MP full resolution file (please respect copyright!).

Demoiselle (male).

Demoiselle, male (Calopteryx virgo).

And here’s where they live:

Brück wild life park, Cologne.

Flehbach in Brück wild life park, Cologne.

Brück wild life park, Cologne.

Flehbach in Brück wild life park, Cologne.

Next, some butterflies:

Red Admiral.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).

Small tortoiseshell.

Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae).

And these two I found here:

At Cologne-Brück.

At Cologne-Brück.

At Cologne-Brück.

At Cologne-Brück.

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…

Assassin fly (Neomochtherus geniculatus).

Assassin fly (Neomochtherus geniculatus)… on my camera bag :p

Crane Fly.

Crane Fly.

Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella).

Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella).

cheers,
Thomas

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