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    Butterfly chase

    I was running after this butterfly in the garden and got a shot at it.
    Is it worth investing in a macro lens if you only take closeups occasionally ?
    I feel I can use a RAW file and crop it if the shot is good.
    And how do you add camera data automatically to your photos?
    Butterfly chase

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    Re: Butterfly chase

    Quote Originally Posted by pat3pee View Post
    I was running after this butterfly in the garden and got a shot at it.
    Is it worth investing in a macro lens if you only take closeups occasionally ?
    Depends how much spare cash you have. If you could afford, yes. If not, no.

    Quote Originally Posted by pat3pee View Post
    And how do you add camera data automatically to your photos?
    Because the camera does it automatically and you are using PP software that doesn't strip it out as you process, then you don't have to do anything. Your image is carrying all the EXIF data. Just right click on the post above and if you have EXIF viewer software in your browser you'll see an option something like 'View Exif Data' (if you don't see this, you can download a plug-in for your browser).

    What I got for your image was:
    Camera Maker: Canon
    Camera Model: Canon EOS 60D
    Lens: EF50mm f/1.4 USM
    Image Date: 2012-03-24 12:13:53 +0200
    Focal Length: 50mm
    Aperture: f/4.0
    Exposure Time: 0.0020 s (1/500)
    ISO equiv: 100
    Exposure Bias: none
    Metering Mode: Spot
    Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
    White Balance: Auto
    Flash Fired: No (enforced)
    Orientation: Normal
    Color Space: Adobe RGB (1998)
    GPS Coordinate: undefined, undefined
    Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Windows

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    Re: Butterfly chase

    Simply right clicking on the image then selecting Image Properties will give the basics. Camera, shutter speed, aperture, Iso.

    With regard to the macro lens question; I would agree with Donald that it depends on how much spare cash you have 'burning a hole in your pocket'.

    Also, what other lenses do you currently have?

    For larger insects like butterflies, I can successfully manage with 24-105, 70-200 as both are relatively close focusing; which means, very roughly, equivalent to somewhere around 100 mm at 12 ins which is an average distance before the subject flies away.

    But for serious macro work I use a 'proper' macro lens (180 mm). One advantage of a 'macro lens' is that it should also work fine as a standard 'prime' lens.

    Originally, I started getting serious about insects with a 70-300 lens plus an extension tube. These allow you to get a little closer to the subject without any loss of quality.

    Then comes the need for a good tripod and possibly a flash unit; plus quite a bit of time spent learning macro photography technique.

    And in my case, quite a few rather expensive identification books to work out exactly what species my subjects are.

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