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#1 Black Pearl

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:10 PM

My mums partner is a bit of a macro junky so has stepped up his game by investing in some fairly serious kit.

 

As you can see below his camera is mounted to a WeMacro rail - basically a computer controlled focusing rail with a motor that can move the platform forwards or backwards at anything down to 7um (microns) with absolute precision. The controller also plugs into the camera and triggers it after each move so you set a start point, set the depth, the software works out the umber of slices needed and away it goes. It was fairly expensive but far from the most expensive options available, however the quality seems excellent and the software very well written.

 

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The rest of his purchases consist of three Godox TT350F flashguns plus the TTL trigger to go with them - and - a rather expensive APO Microscope lens that sits on the end of a 200mm infinity tube....or a 200mm lens set to infinity. With a focusing stage that gives x/y/z adjustments and a few other bits and bobs e has this sort of set-up

 

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Well I had a few hours free this morning so I popped over for a play.

 

Firstly we tried a super close-up of a wasps face. Now this sin't brilliant as he (we) are still fine tuning the rail and working out the right moron steps etc. The results though are still pretty impressive given this final image is made up of 86 slices that because of rail movements and flash recharge times took a little over 10 minutes to capture.

 

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Once we had this we swapped out the microscope lens for a more conventional Vivitar 90mm f2.8 Macro lens and set about getting the entire wasp. We guessed the depth of the wasp at 12mm then set the rail going with larger steps this time due to the increased DoF from this lens. The software still wanted over sixty frames to produce a bandless stack so another cup of coffee was brewed and away it went shooting, flashing and stepping away to its hearts content.

 

As it happened we guessed the overall depth wrong so the very back of the wasp is out of focus - however - I rather like the end result. I would have preferred the wins sharp but time ran out and anyhoo I can go back for another go when I find an interesting enough subject.

 

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 02:23 PM

Robin, I'm impressed, with both the gear and the IQ.  I'd take shots like that anytime.   :)


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:37 PM

Wow that is impressive as is the setup well done BP.

 

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 10:10 PM

A very impressive rig!

Well done, Robin.

This rig and a D850 .... shivers thinking about it!
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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:11 PM

Wow... pretty impressive rig.


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 01:05 AM

A very impressive rig!

Well done, Robin.

This rig and a D850 .... shivers thinking about it!


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 03:36 AM

Amazing setup & results!

 

Wow, wow, wow...

 

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 07:33 AM

Outstanding


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 06:16 PM

That's friggin' cool.  :)



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 01:45 AM

Inspired by this techno kit I'm going to cobble together my own (lesser) macro set-up.

 

Our Manfrotto rep at work is going to get me one of their manual macro rail on long term loan, I've dug out a Nikon F lens reverse adapter, I have a Nikon F to Fuji X lens mount so can then use some of the vintage lenses (backwards) on my X-T1. I also have a pair of extension tubes so should be able to achieve a good range of magnifications. I already have a pair of Neewer flash guns and the triggers to go with them so all I'm missing is the fancy computer controller.......but the ain't gonna put me off  ;)


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 07:17 AM

Sounds like a plan


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