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Macro photography with GX7 + 14-140mm + Raynox DCR150

Discussion in 'Nature' started by leendertv, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. leendertv

    leendertv Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 22, 2011
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    On monday I tested my new GX7 with the Panasonic 100-300mm. It was a great experience. See this topic: https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=68535

    Today I decided to take my Panasonic 14-140mm + Raynox DCR150 and do some macro shots.
    This a nice lightweight flexible combination! One lens for both landscapes and closeups (without the Raynox DCR150) and for macro (with the Raynox DCR150)!

    I decided to leave the flash at home and use higher ISO when needed (max ISO3200)
    (usually I use a flash with diffuser for macro photography, especially with the high magnification of the Raynox DCR250)

    My settings:
    - JPG only
    - I tweaked the standard JPG style: contrast: -2, sharpness: -1, noise reduction: -5
    - electronic shutter
    - ETC (extra teleconv): 8mp crop (because I had no flash, I choose for lower magnifications)
    - Auto ISO (max ISO3200)
    - Auto whitebalance
    - Aperture priority mode
    - F8
    - All shots handheld

    Postprocessing in GIMP:
    - Crop if needed
    - curves
    - unsharp mask

    I'm very happy with the results!
    The combination feels very balanced!
    Auto focus is very fast.






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  2. kurt1968

    kurt1968 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2012
    but is it the dcr150 or the 250?
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  3. leendertv

    leendertv Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 22, 2011
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    This is with the DCR150

    I use the DCR250 for higher magnifications (always with flash) for example small jumping spiders.
  4. ex machina

    ex machina Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 3, 2014
    Northern Virgnia
    Wow, impressive, especially considering those were hand-held -- what shutter speed range did you use?
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  5. stripedrex

    stripedrex Do or do not. There is no try.

    Jun 8, 2012
    Long Island, NY
    Awesome, what focal range as well? I have a few primes curious if I can get this and slap it on the p25 o45 o75 for some super sharp macro fun!
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  6. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    Nice photos, and great DOF.
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  7. leendertv

    leendertv Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 22, 2011
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    I don't know. I use Aperture priority mode. I think the slowest is something like 1/160sec.

    For the Raynox I prefer a zoom. With the zoom youre more flexible in choosing the magnification you want.
    40mm is low magnification, 140mm is high magnification.
    I think the o75 wil give you good results.
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  8. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    great results, I use E-M10 w/14-140 II and Raynox 150. I prefer shooting with flash at base ISO and f16 though.
  9. JoJo

    JoJo Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
  10. kurt1968

    kurt1968 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2012
    Leendert ,your 14-140mm ,is it type I or II?