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On 6/24/2022 at 10:04 AM, The Bird Nuts said:

These were taken with the Raynox DCR-250 microscopic lens attached to my trusty old Canon PowerShot SX50.

I absolutely loved my sx50 - took it all over the Amazon and Andes on several trips. Ended up giving it to my friend/guide when I left at the end of one trip because he wanted to know if I could get him one and I knew trying to get it to him would be harder than just replacing mine. Found a good used one to replace it but now I'm having auto focus issues - it just plain won't take a sharp shot and you can see from The Bird Nuts' photos what the camera should be capable of. Anyone here have any recommendations for causes or solutions? 

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13 hours ago, SirVive said:

I absolutely loved my sx50 - took it all over the Amazon and Andes on several trips. Ended up giving it to my friend/guide when I left at the end of one trip because he wanted to know if I could get him one and I knew trying to get it to him would be harder than just replacing mine. Found a good used one to replace it but now I'm having auto focus issues - it just plain won't take a sharp shot and you can see from The Bird Nuts' photos what the camera should be capable of. Anyone here have any recommendations for causes or solutions? 

Aw, that's too bad.  I've never had autofocus issues, but I've had plenty of other problems with them!  I've had to buy a new (old) one every few years because they cost more to fix.

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Considering there is zero shorebird habitat around here now playing with macro is probably going to take up a bunch of my time as I get through the initial learning curve.  

I reversed by 18-55mm and attached it to my 100mm Macro and then stacked 50 shots of this Petoskey Stone closeup.  I tried another one with just the macro lens and extension tube, but it had some nasty digital artifacts in it that I couldn't clean up.  Guessing a rail is on my Christmas list.  

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4 hours ago, chipperatl said:

Some type of slug crawling up the French door.

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Rough pic using the LR select subject/sky and darkening the background.  Probably PS would do it better, but the pic wasn't "wow" enough to me to mess with.

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That mouth though...

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I picked up a used 28mm Canon FD lens.  This thing was in immaculate shape for what I think is a 40 year old lens.  I was going to use it for reverse macro, but decided to play around and see if i could use it with an 11mm extension tube for some wide-angle macro.  Still need to get used to all the manual aperature/focus on it.  May play around with what the 18mm extension tube would do.  Thought I could get closer to this leaf-hopper for the shot.

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Picked up a Laowa 25mm 2.5-5x lens for about 1/2 price.  Played around with it some today as I got some parts in to mount my flashes.   All uncropped with two 35mm extension tubes.  I think I am getting just shy of 8x mag.  Very narrow DoF.  Really ideally shold be working a rail and stacking, but still fun that it can do some hand-held shots.  

Bottom side of a fungus on a fallen branch

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Moss

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Dirt

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