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by Chris S.
Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Microscope vs. bellow
Replies: 30
Views: 7392

So what can I do? Change to longer times? LED light? Another camera? Or try to build a bellow system on my own? Oro, you are not alone--you're facing a problem most of us have had. Here's where I would start with the vibration problem. First, the D70, while a great camera, is pretty hard to do macr...
by Chris S.
Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Objective Advice Needed—New Member
Replies: 37
Views: 12565

Thanks, Peter! I can definitely understand how zooming in with live view helps you focus, since I often zoom in on the computer screen. You're getting an image real time, and I'm getting it a second later. Though for me, focusing per se isn't so important, since I like to shoot overshoot a stack a l...
by Chris S.
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Objective Advice Needed—New Member
Replies: 37
Views: 12565

Peter, I just look through the viewfinder to focus. As mentioned, I like the right angle finder, with its 2X magnification option, to help me focus, but I could work without it. After focusing through the viewfinder, I take a quick throwaway picture to check my work on the computer screen.

--Chris
by Chris S.
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Objective Advice Needed—New Member
Replies: 37
Views: 12565

No, Peter, it's quite different. Camera Control is remote control software with integrated transfer to the computer, and an option to immediately view the transferred image--it allows you to control various settings of the camera from a computer, fire the shutter from the computer, and then instantl...
by Chris S.
Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Objective Advice Needed—New Member
Replies: 37
Views: 12565

The noise is a little high I agree, it was shot at ISO 160 but the room is quite hot. If I use live view to focus it heats up the cmos and increases noise. Peter, you might find (as I do) that tethering works better than live view--it certainly helps avoid heating the senser up and increasing noise...
by Chris S.
Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Table top stands for adjustably holding speedlights
Replies: 13
Views: 2499

Thanks for so many useful responses. Some thoughts of my own: Ed: I can just see the ad when the house goes up for sale: "Special track lighting in basement, of great value to lunatic-fringe macro-photographers." :) And I'm pretty much a DYI kind of guy--can't seen myself buying into a whole Manfrot...
by Chris S.
Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:37 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Table top stands for adjustably holding speedlights
Replies: 13
Views: 2499

Thanks for your insightful response, Enrico. I thought about what you wrote while taking a run tonight at a local park. As luck would have it, the park had erected a temporary stage set up for a public dance production. They put up an aluminum frame, from which they hung lights--a different version ...
by Chris S.
Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Table top stands for adjustably holding speedlights
Replies: 13
Views: 2499

Ed & Craig--thanks, gents! Ed, I'd thought about modifying engineer lamps, but as with my floor-based stands--though much less so--there would still be a length of springy arm whose position needs to be considered. But as they're working for you, I may rethink and give one a try. Right now, with flo...
by Chris S.
Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Table top stands for adjustably holding speedlights
Replies: 13
Views: 2499

Table top stands for adjustably holding speedlights

I'm using floor-based boom stands to hold speedlights for macro lighting. On the good side, I can put a light anywhere I want it. On the bad side, they are pretty annoying to place and adjust. Am looking for table-top stands that are capable, or can be coverted, to hold speedlights. Ideally, I'd lik...
by Chris S.
Wed May 12, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Transitions
Replies: 10
Views: 3172

As is often the case, Elf's thoughtful work deserves more discussion than it is getting. As we improve our stacking skills, most of us are working to increase and perfect the area in focus to contain the entire subject. Here, Elf has bounded the in-focus area with an out-of-focus area that also uses...
by Chris S.
Mon May 10, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Good 5x lenses
Replies: 11
Views: 4913

elf wrote:How about expanding this to cover .5X to 20X and put it in the FAQ?
Hear hear!
by Chris S.
Sat May 08, 2010 1:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum and Community Announcements
Topic: Zerene Stacker and Rik
Replies: 15
Views: 5353

Rik, I certainly haven't noticed any problems. Would suggest that the current approach is working well. Most of us know that you wrote Zerene Stacker. But other stacking software brought up on the forum seems to get an equally fair shake. Open disclosure with fair treatment for all--what more can be...
by Chris S.
Thu May 06, 2010 2:12 am
Forum: Macro and Micro Technique and Technical Discussions
Topic: Just acquired focus block and calibrated it ...
Replies: 4
Views: 10131

Dunk, it looks to me as if your focus block is pretty similar to one of mine, which I believe came from a Nikon Optiphot. I'm rather pleased with it. If used in a horizontal system, as I have mine, you will definitely want to add a weight or spring (right now, I'm using a piece of surgical tubing, b...
by Chris S.
Mon May 03, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Infinity objective
Replies: 29
Views: 27978

Thanks, Rik--your explanations are great! That NikonU illustration has been in my head for quite some time--it never seemed quite right, but I didn't see what was wrong with it. Got it, now--thanks again.

--Chris
by Chris S.
Sun May 02, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: Equipment Discussions
Topic: Infinity objective
Replies: 29
Views: 27978

Rik, I'm not sure whether your insightful answer was in response to my post or Chris R.'s, but regardless, thanks for it! May I apologize for being thick and ask you to enlarge upon your analysis in relation to Figure 2, labeled "Finite and Infinity Optical Systems," at this Website: http://www.micr...