Posted by bmorescuba
on 08 November 2017 - 07:35 PM
All good points. I used to shoot the Canon 60mm macro on aps-c (so 90mm ff equiv). I got used to that focal length and had to adjust when I started using the Oly 60mm. Definitely fewer fish portraits, at least medium-large fish. The problem is - the Panasonic 45mm is $800 + the port. The Panasonic 30mm is double the cost of the Oly 30mm currently. Don't get me wrong - I love the 60mm. I just wanted to explore the possibilities. $200 is a very low entry point. Maybe I can find a Macro Port 45 used somewhere.And as to why I don't just get a zoom - sometimes I will put the 14-42 on but my experience with zooms is fewer (wow!) pictures, even if they're serviceable. And to house the Pro zooms is more than I can afford for now. Plus, I like the simplicity of primes. I don't use focus gears, so there's a costs savings there as well.
Thank for the input - I hope the thread is updated with more people's impressions. And just so no one thinks I'm giving up too easily - I have shot bigger stuff with the 60mm macro - this being my most extreme example:
It took some serious lightroom work to make up for how far away I had to be with that though. I had to commemorate the moment - a group of 5 reef sharks chased us from 70 ft up to 20ft, inviting us to leave their space asap...
They have a lot of names, but I like Sea Pearls. I also like Bubble Algae. The binomial name is Ventricaria ventricosa, and they are one of the largest single-celled organisms (each bubble is one cell).
Posted by bmorescuba
on 16 February 2016 - 12:32 PM
Anilao Fish Gallery is done - finally! Highlights include the Kung-Fu Panda Goby, Pygmy Seahorse, Golden Coralgoby, Juvenile Sweetlips, and lots of Frogfish. Some very tricky IDs, especially never having been to the Coral Triangle region before. Except for the few wide angle shots, all shots taken with the effective 120mm lens, which is not ideal for fish portraits. It was great for nudibranchs, the main reason I was there. But it's not like I'm going to the Philippines and NOT take fish pics. A few highlights attached. To see the full gallery, use this link (but it's massive):
Of all the pics from my recent trip, this one stands out to me as the most interesting. I was trying out my new Nauticam Compact Macro Converter (CMC). Man, you sure do have to get close with that thing! At least when it's paired with the Oly 60mm macro. We were at Frederiksted Pier, St. Croix, USVI and found this dorid Nudibranch on the sand. I took some normal macro shots, then got down real close head on with the CMC. I had to rotate the strobe above and pointing down in order to light it at all, since the subject is almost touching the CMC. Since this Nudi has a translucent body, it basically illuminated the body from within and this is the shot I got:
For reference, this was the Nudi, not sure of species yet:
I'm very pleased with the effect, even though I had no intention of doing that. Hopefully I didn't stress the little guy pumping so much light through his body.
It was my first time with the new EM10 setup and overall i'm quite pleased. I think, after years of trying, I might actually be starting to get close enough to these macro subjects. Of course, switching from an APS-C 60mm macro to a m43 60mm macro gave me a little boost, too.