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by leander
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: LED close-up rig and vibration
Replies: 4
Views: 2239

The LEDs are Aputure Amaran AL-528W LED Lights. I don't remember the exact shutter speed but I'm not sure that is important (other than if the subject moves from wilting or there is rig vibration). I set the D850 to wait a second or two and then start the stack capture sequence. The shutter opens an...
by leander
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: LED close-up rig and vibration
Replies: 4
Views: 2239

Right now I push "start" and sit and wait. But after I noticed how much things moved when I took a step I'm thinking there are other outside forces that could cause vibration - HVAC in the attic. I think I'll move things to the first floor next. Maybe try a different clamp (that is a good idea), but...
by leander
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: LED close-up rig and vibration
Replies: 4
Views: 2239

LED close-up rig and vibration

I just built this LED setup to shoot 1:4 to 1:1 with LED lights against pure white and pure black backgrounds. After the first test I added the Lume Cube for front fill light because the main light source from above was casting shadows below. My first real test was a poppy from our garden. After I c...
by leander
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: My new 1:1-1:4 LED studio rig
Replies: 5
Views: 4382

My new 1:1-1:4 LED studio rig

I made this to shoot mainly flower blooms I pick from my garden, inside with either a pure white or pure black background. I'm using the Nikon D850 ability to capture focus stacks using lens focusing. Then I move the images to Lightroom, do some stuff to one, copy to all the others, then export to Z...
by leander
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Stackshot and Zerene Stacker
Replies: 16
Views: 3171

Chris - Yeah, that probably looks wrong with the limited info I supplied. I'm on a sturdy tripod with Stackshot and camera pointed into a white box with diffused flashes. I use the white box for some plant specimens brought inside. I usually shoot 1:1 up to 1:4 using my 105mm macro. No problems with...
by leander
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Stackshot and Zerene Stacker
Replies: 16
Views: 3171

Yes, you are right, Rik. If the stacking box is checked it creates the conflict with Zerene but only if CMN is launched first. By unchecking the "Use Stackshot" box it doesn't matter if CMN is launched before or after Zerene. So, that is the answer. If Zerene takes control first and then you launch ...
by leander
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Zerene control of Stackshot with studio white box and flash
Replies: 4
Views: 1487

Zerene control of Stackshot with studio white box and flash

I would appreciate a critique of my setup for Stackshot and Zerene control. Key Nikon D850 settings: • Manual exposure, manual focus • 1/200 sec @ f11 • Mirror lock up • Rear curtain sync Stackshot Controller configuration in ZS dialog box • Settling time 3 seconds • Shutter pulse time 0.6 seconds •...
by leander
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Stackshot and Zerene Stacker
Replies: 16
Views: 3171

Mystery solved with the error message. This was the set up: Stackshot • Stackshot controller box cable to Stackshot motor • Stackshot controller box cable to shutter release 10-pin remote terminal • Stackshot controller box USB mini to computer Camera – Nikon D850 • USB 3.0 to computer • Manual focu...
by leander
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Stackshot and Zerene Stacker
Replies: 16
Views: 3171

Okay, Rik, I'll do that. Thanksgiving might slow me down a little but I'll get back to you.
by leander
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Stackshot and Zerene Stacker
Replies: 16
Views: 3171

Thank you! My understanding is it is not possible to use Zerene and Control My Nikon at the same time...and I am, in fact, getting an error message. I would like to continue to use Zerene to control Stackshot because the user interface is PERFECT......but it is sometimes very difficult to set the be...
by leander
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Stackshot and Zerene Stacker
Replies: 16
Views: 3171

Stackshot and Zerene Stacker

I have a Nikon D850, Stackshot and use Zerene for controlling Stackshot. Is it possible to have a live view on my computer screen while I move the Stackshot to set the beginning and end of the stack, and if so, how do I set that up? Also, should I be using mirror lock up when using Stackshot and set...
by leander
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: NikonD850 focus stacking - I need a math solution
Replies: 6
Views: 2572

Well, Steve. I can't figure the logic behind the data I generated. I thought once I had the data in hand I would see some logic or a pattern and hopefully build a curve so I could fit any f-stop and magnification. The approach I used was to look at 1:1, 1:2, 1:3 and 1:4 then try different f-stops an...
by leander
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: NikonD850 focus stacking - I need a math solution
Replies: 6
Views: 2572

Okay, Steve. Here is a summary spreadsheet I created after shooting a ruler. As you can see the optimal step size I found for different magnifications and f-stops ranged from 1-6.The second picture shows how I did my calculations and the third picture shows my ruler setup. Again, I used the D850 and...
by leander
Tue May 29, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: NikonD850 focus stacking - I need a math solution
Replies: 6
Views: 2572

NikonD850 focus stacking - I need a math solution

I'm using the Nikon D850 in camera focus stacking feature with the Nikon 105mm macro lens. Nikon has yet to describe how the step distances are calculated so I created a look-up table but it is based on interpretive DOF using a mm ruler (I was shooting a ruler for days). Better than nothing but not ...
by leander
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Macro & Microscopy Articles
Topic: Nikon D850 Focus Stacking Step Size
Replies: 6
Views: 9918

Thank you, Bill. Very interesting.