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G3 macro MF tricks

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by PMCC, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. PMCC

    PMCC Mu-43 Regular

    132
    Feb 18, 2013
    I heard that people prefer manual focus for macro shots. So I decided to buy a manual lens, the CZJ 135mm/3.5 for the purpose.

    I found that at 10x MF assist, (actually, 14x or 20x is possible using Ex Tele), the EVF is full of noise and artifacts. If the target itself does not have high contrast detail (say a flower pedal), it is hard to judge focus.

    The result is that the sharpness seems less than optimal (compared with the old V1!).

    I also heard that people bracket focus by moving the camera a few mm a time, but I am not sure how to do it properly.

    Is there other tricks that can help?
     
  2. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    For bracketing focus you need a macro rail.
    macro rail | eBay

    You can also add light by putting a constant led flash. This will help you in low light situation.
     
  3. PMCC

    PMCC Mu-43 Regular

    132
    Feb 18, 2013
    Is the macro rail supposed to work with butterflies?

    The led idea seems interesting. I also have the idea of painting the target with laser. Can I see how the led system works?
     
  4. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    People usually work with rails indoor.
    Butterfly tend to fly away while you set the rail.
    The led is a LED flash that can be set to operate constantly.
    Check this video for one option
    LED Flash? | Small Camera BIG Picture
     
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  5. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

    193
    Nov 9, 2012
    Get two and mount one to the other at 90°. Focus with the top rail and control lateral movement with the bottom rail. Works like a charm!