Hot, hot summer – that means new nature and macro shots!

Here’s a selection of new shots that I got the last weekend. I was out at 6 in the morning on Friday, at 8 on Saturday and another couple of hours on Sunday… this is the outcome:

All insect shots shown here – save one – were shot with the A7R and the Sony FE 70-200/4 lens. For the one with the male Orthetrum sp. I used an old manual focus Sigma Apo 400/5.6 lens.

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  1. Hi,

    nice idea to try macro shots with this zoom lens. Which Canon macro adapter did you use?

    I’ve got the same lens on my A7 and I would like to try some macro shots. On amazon there are also some cheaper macro adapters available (Walimex or Polaroid for under 30€).
    Do you think these adapters should do it on he 70200G ?

  2. Hi Christoph, I use the Canon 500D achromat. Yes this lens is called 500D so don’t confuse it with Canon’s DSLR body that has the same name!

    This achromat has +2 diopters. That means: It gives 500 mm maximum distance between the subject and the front lens element. When you focus the lens to its closest focusing distance, this distance goes down to approx. 350 mm. It’s good for big insects.

    The important thing is that it is an achromat. If you try cheap lenses that are no achromats, the quality will be really crap. Beware of these, exept when you want artistic Lomography-like closeups ;)!

    By the way, I started a new blog on my dragonfly and damselfly shots at libellenbilder.wordpress.com. About 99% of the 2014 shots in that blog were taken with the A7R and FE 70-200/4 and Canon 500D closeup lens. Thomas

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