Macro Lens Challenge

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This is just for a bit of fun, but I think the macro lens is one of the best made, yet underappreciated/underused bits of kit we cart around.

So the challenge is this:

Take shot #1 using your macro as a normal prime lens.

Then...

Take shot #2 of something WITHIN THE FRAME OF SHOT #1 but using the lens at 1:1 (or greater).

We don't need award winning shots (unless you're an award winning photographer πŸ˜‰).

The point is to encourage more people to get hold of a macro lens, and enjoy its astonishing flexibility.

Here's today's double-take.
My daughter on a swing near my home, being overly suspicious of a boy in the background.
And shot #2 was a 1:1 macro of the moss near the swings' leg, on the right.
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My 100mm f/2.8L spends a LOT of time on the camera. All the following were taken with said lens on a 5D Mk IV at ISO 800

Overall shot - an old Tektronix 556 Dual Beam oscilloscope I've been troubleshooting (bottom/front panel view):
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0.4s @ f/16


The channel 2 input selector switch from below (about 1/4 way up from the bottom center of the overall photo):
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1s @ f/16 (of course the cat hair shows up clearly in the photo once it's been taken, but manages to be invisible as you frame it....:mad::mad::mad: )


A small gas regulator tube used for voltage stabilization (located next to the rightmost yellow capacitor between the upper pair of terminal strips running horizontally back at the mid level of the main photo):
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1.6s @ f/16


A couple of transistors connected to the upper pair of horizontal terminal strips; these are about 1/3 of the way from the left end of the terminal strips:
Tek%20556%20Terminal%20Strip%20detail-XL.jpg

5s @ f/20

-Pat

<Edit to add - Dachh! Just realized I didn't follow the rules either - my subsequent shots aren't 1:1. D'oh!! :banghead:>
 
Great photos of an interesting project πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘
-Pat

<Edit to add - Dachh! Just realized I didn't follow the rules either - my subsequent shots aren't 1:1. D'oh!! :banghead:>
Hahahaha...
See Pat, that's what I mean πŸ˜‰
It's why this is a challenge 🀣

But I'm glad to hear your macro is on your camera a lot.
They really are great lenses.

Merry Chrimbo πŸŽ…
And maybe you can make this a New Year challenge:
Shot #1 using your lens as a 100mm prime & the second shot at 1:1, pointing at something within the frame of shot #1.

Cheers for now,
Simon
 
I've got another pair done πŸ˜πŸ‘

Shot #1
Square Tunnel.
Olympus 60mm (120mm FF equiv.) used as a prime telephoto lens.

Shot #2
On the left, at the tunnel entrance I found these gorgeous, tiny flowers.
Olympus 60mm at 1:1 macro 🌟
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Another macro challenge attempt:
Pic #1
One of our city shrines, taken with my Olympus 60mm macro at its native focal length.
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Pic #2 (Which must be within the frame of pic #1)

On the left & right there're two traditional New Year displays, which must include pine, but also usually include bamboo and red berries.

These are the berries at 1:1.
😁
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And another πŸ˜†

Shot #1

Traditional New Year entrance decoration in the foreground, with "Wishes boards" behind.
Shot with my Olympus 60mm macro lens at its native focal length.
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And shot #2

A 1:1 macro of a part of one the kanji characters on one of the boards.
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At just after midnight a few days back, bizarrely I saw someone on the doorbell camera leave a bike in the street outside my house!

Days later - and it's still there - but now we have had temperatures down to -7 degrees, and of course that means ICE!

Here is the bike, and then a macro shot of the chain lock. Both taken on the Venus 2:1 Super Macro 60mm lens.

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Paul.
 
At just after midnight a few days back, bizarrely I saw someone on the doorbell camera leave a bike in the street outside my house!

Days later - and it's still there - but now we have had temperatures down to -7 degrees, and of course that means ICE!

Here is the bike, and then a macro shot of the chain lock. Both taken on the Venus 2:1 Super Macro 60mm lens.

Full_Bike_a-XL.jpg


Full_Bike_Lock_b-XL.jpg



Paul.
Intriguing story, Paul 😳

And a cracking couple of images to show the gorgeousness of macro lenses.

Thanks so much πŸ€©πŸ‘πŸ‘
 
My 100mm f/2.8L spends a LOT of time on the camera. All the following were taken with said lens on a 5D Mk IV at ISO 800

Overall shot - an old Tektronix 556 Dual Beam oscilloscope I've been troubleshooting (bottom/front panel view):
Tek%20556%20underside%20and%20front%20panel-XL.jpg

0.4s @ f/16


The channel 2 input selector switch from below (about 1/4 way up from the bottom center of the overall photo):
Tek%20556%20Ch%202%20Input%20Selector%20sw%20detail-XL.jpg

1s @ f/16 (of course the cat hair shows up clearly in the photo once it's been taken, but manages to be invisible as you frame it....:mad::mad::mad: )


A small gas regulator tube used for voltage stabilization (located next to the rightmost yellow capacitor between the upper pair of terminal strips running horizontally back at the mid level of the main photo):
Tek%20556%20gas%20regulator%20tube-XL.jpg

1.6s @ f/16


A couple of transistors connected to the upper pair of horizontal terminal strips; these are about 1/3 of the way from the left end of the terminal strips:
Tek%20556%20Terminal%20Strip%20detail-XL.jpg

5s @ f/20

-Pat

<Edit to add - Dachh! Just realized I didn't follow the rules either - my subsequent shots aren't 1:1. D'oh!! :banghead:>
Fascinating Cubdriver - what did you use the oscilloscope for?
 
Fascinating Cubdriver - what did you use the oscilloscope for?

I haven't used it for anything yet - it's currently on the bench for repair. It's a 'new' one I've added to my collection - I'm weird, and collect and repair old test gear. The 556 is one I'd been looking for for a long time now - once fixed (there's a power supply issue) it will join the collection and occasionally be used to work on future acquisitions.

-Pat
 
I haven't used it for anything yet - it's currently on the bench for repair. It's a 'new' one I've added to my collection - I'm weird, and collect and repair old test gear. The 556 is one I'd been looking for for a long time now - once fixed (there's a power supply issue) it will join the collection and occasionally be used to work on future acquisitions.

-Pat
"Weird"?
Don't say that... :dance:

..."Interesting and motivated"?
..."intrigued & inquisitive"?

That's how I might sum up your impression so far πŸ€©πŸ‘πŸ‘
 
Micro Nikkor AI 105mm f4. Is one of my favorite lenses that gives excellent results especially for the going price.
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Ah, now, yes πŸ˜„
I like this idea too πŸ€©πŸ‘πŸ‘

I was thinking "macro lens as a telephoto", so more of a landscape/urban scene kinda shot.

But of course, anywhere "outside of 1:1" is also a perfect demonstration of the flexibility of a macro lens ⭐⭐⭐

Brilliant πŸ˜πŸ‘
 
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