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    Rain

    I am so tired of rain. I shot this wide open to take advantage of the very shallow DoF. I was interested is creating bokeh. I hope I have created something pleasing.

    shot with 7d and 70-200 2.8 lens. Aperture priority, 1/125, f3.2, ISO 2000.

    Rain

    Please tell me what you think?

    Thank you for looking and commenting.

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    Hi Marie,

    Just a quick note before I head off to bed. Are you aware of a little screw-on filter called a "Canon 500D Closeup Adaptor) - it turns the 70-200 into a psudo 1/2 macro lens by letting you focus between about 30 & 50cm from the end of the lens - can be pure magic for shots like this (and is relatively inexpensive).

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    Re: Rain

    Are you aware of a little screw-on filter called a "Canon 500D Closeup Adaptor) - it turns the 70-200 into a psudo 1/2 macro lens by letting you focus between about 30 & 50cm from the end of the lens - can be pure magic for shots like this (and is relatively inexpensive).
    Colin, I was not aware. Thank you so much for that! I will check it out today.

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    Colin, I was not aware. Thank you so much for that! I will check it out today.

    Marie
    No worries

    This is the one you're looking for ...

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...e_up_Lens.html

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    Re: Rain

    I have one of those Colin but have never been able to get a shot in focus with it - what am I doing wrong.

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    I have one of those Colin but have never been able to get a shot in focus with it - what am I doing wrong.
    No idea Jim

    All I can think of is "remember that the focus range is only about 30 to 50cm from the end of the lens - can't focus any closer or further away. Also, you'll need a amall aperture for a lot of things (high F-Stop number). Tried manual focus?

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    Thanks Colin. Manual focus ? With my eyesight I can hardly find the camera. I'll give it a gp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jambin View Post
    Thanks Colin. Manual focus ? With my eyesight I can hardly find the camera. I'll give it a gp.
    Hi Jim,

    I know the feeling -- my eyes need constant "windshields" these days

    You shouldn't need manual focus though - my camera focuses just fine in auto.

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    Re: Rain

    Good morning to you, Colin.

    I pursued the lead you gave me. New World Videos offer the lens for $133, US - but - it is manufacturer back ordered until some time in December. NWV offers Digital NC +10 as an option at $99 US. I am thinking I should wait for the Canon lens. Canon offers this lens at $220 US - but also on back order. I can try ebay, but I am hesitant to buy that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marie Hass View Post
    Good morning to you, Colin.

    I pursued the lead you gave me. New World Videos offer the lens for $133, US - but - it is manufacturer back ordered until some time in December. NWV offers Digital NC +10 as an option at $99 US. I am thinking I should wait for the Canon lens. Canon offers this lens at $220 US - but also on back order. I can try ebay, but I am hesitant to buy that way.

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    Hi Marie,

    Good afternoon / evening to you!

    Sounds like there's a bit of a shortage of the 500D

    Can't say I've heard of the "Digital NC +10", so can't really comment on it. Other than that, all I can suggest is "shop around" (or buy a macro lens!)

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    Re: Rain

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Hi Marie,

    Just a quick note before I head off to bed. Are you aware of a little screw-on filter called a "Canon 500D Closeup Adaptor) - it turns the 70-200 into a psudo 1/2 macro lens by letting you focus between about 30 & 50cm from the end of the lens - can be pure magic for shots like this (and is relatively inexpensive).


    Thanks for the info Colin. I have a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom AF Lens. Would one of these kind of things still be good on that do you know? ............... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Lens-C...7853169&sr=8-3

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    Dave
    Last edited by Skyline; 6th October 2011 at 08:05 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline View Post
    Thanks for the info Colin. I have a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom AF Lens. Would one of these king of things still be good on that do you know? ............... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Lens-C...7853169&sr=8-3

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    Hi Dave,

    I don't know for sure, but in theory, I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work -- after all, it's really just like a set of "reading glasses" for the lens.

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    Re: Rain

    Colin, just FYI.

    There are no reviews on off brands of the Canon 500d. I am not in a screaming hurry. I will wait for the Canon brand close-up lens to come off backorder.

    Have a nice day,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marie Hass View Post
    Colin, just FYI.

    There are no reviews on off brands of the Canon 500d. I am not in a screaming hurry. I will wait for the Canon brand close-up lens to come off backorder.

    Have a nice day,

    Marie
    Thanks Marie,

    Another option is to look at using some extension tubes (I'd recommend a 25mm one for the 70-200) - it too allows you to get closer, but at the expense of not being able to focus to infinity.

    Happy to provide some links if you need.

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    Re: Rain

    Looking at this shot, I'd recommend cloning out a few small things and blurring all but the primary in focus rain drop.

    HTH,

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    Re: Rain

    Most rain shots are presented hard and harsh. I like the soft treatment.

    About close ups. I get very decent results with an extension tube attached to the zoom. AF can be picky at times but that is more my being too close and stepping back fixes it. IMHO, 30-50mm outdoors is cutting it too close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Hi Dave,

    I don't know for sure, but in theory, I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work -- after all, it's really just like a set of "reading glasses" for the lens.
    Cheers Colin.

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    Re: Rain

    Sorry everyone. I have been out of the loop. Colin, I have been working with my 18-55 kit lens and closeup kit while waiting to order the 77mm Canon close-up lens. I think I am getting the hang of it. Let me ask if I am right - I increased the f stop to a higher # based on the degree of magnification. ie., if I was using a 4X, I used something akin to f8 - I did not need as high of an f stop as my 10X closeup lens, where I would go to f 11 or better.

    Does this sound right? Thanks to all who spend the time to comment.

    Marie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marie Hass View Post
    Sorry everyone. I have been out of the loop. Colin, I have been working with my 18-55 kit lens and closeup kit while waiting to order the 77mm Canon close-up lens. I think I am getting the hang of it. Let me ask if I am right - I increased the f stop to a higher # based on the degree of magnification. ie., if I was using a 4X, I used something akin to f8 - I did not need as high of an f stop as my 10X closeup lens, where I would go to f 11 or better.

    Does this sound right? Thanks to all who spend the time to comment.

    Marie
    Hi Marie,

    Sorry - but I'm a bit confused by what you're asking (about apertures). Basically "bigger the number = smaller the hole = greater depth of field". I don't think of it in terms of magnification. Why not just do some experiments and see what works for you?

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    Hi Marie,

    I have a set of the screw on close-up adapters for Nikon. They do work great, just as Colin suggests. Mine are an off-brand and were inexpensive and I am very happy with them.

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