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Re: coin size item photography

The EF-S 60mm macro is an excellent value. You can get a refurbished one from Canon for $380:

 

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Re: coin size item photography

Wow. Great photo's Rodger. Thanks for sharing. BTW, what flower are those?

Jim

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Re: coin size item photography

Truly great explanation, Waddizzle. Thank you, I get the useage strengths and weakness now of the tubes. I'll try out the macro lens when I get it and if no good(again a knockoff) I'll be better able to pursue my options. 

Thanks again. Great forum. So glad I stumbled across it. You guys are the best.

Jim

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Re: coin size item photography

Jim,

Those are Moss roses, very attractive to bees and extremely easy to grow.

 

Looking forward to seeing some coin photography from you!

 

Rodger

 

 

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Re: coin size item photography


@wq9nsc wrote:

Jim,

Those are Moss roses, very attractive to bees and extremely easy to grow.

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Rodger


Is that one of the flowers that appear much gaudier to insects who can see ultraviolet light?

Bob
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Re: coin size item photography

Just out of curiosity. Are the plants readily available in spring? I'm in Southern WV above 3000 ft. I will try them this spring if I can locate the plants. Not a horticulturist by any means. So probably won't try seeds. Again, gorgeous photos. 

Jim

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Re: coin size item photography

Bob,

 

I don't know whether insects are particularly attracted to this plant but the honey bees definitely liked them.  Back in 2005 when I took that photo, there was a huge population but parasites and pesticides have taken a toll and now you are more likely to see a bumble bee than a honey bee in the area.  I have 6 acres with a creek running through it and clover grows around it; back in those years every time I mowed the bees would land on me.

 

Jim, I don't really have a green thumb either but Moss rose are easy to grow from seeds or transplant and they are robust little plants that withstand all kinds of weather.

 

Rodger

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Re: coin size item photography

"Wow. Great photo's Rodger."

 

Ditto! Smiley Happy

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Re: coin size item photography

"... I bought a chinese knockoff just to try it out."

 

Do you know the acronym GIGO?  It applies to photography, too.

 

"...just didn't have near enough available funds."

 

You just described and are in the largest section of the economy.  The problem is now you spent X dollars on a piece of junk and are going to later buy a better lens.  That is false economy.  There is a Chinese proverb, since we are on the subject, "Buy the best and cry once."

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Re: coin size item photography

I do understand the proverb(if such). I once owned a Minolta and purchased a knockoff telephoto lens for $8 and took many, many photos of Nascar races and it worked fine. Upon quitting following Nascar due to health reasons, I finally gave the camera to a family member and he used it for years. For the sake of the conversation. I paid $21.99 less a $10 ebay credit, so I got $22 to lose vs NOT having $2-4 hundred to spend. Not a big gamble, my opinion. Plus, if it shouldn't perform I am guaranteed my money back and it was freight free. Trust me, I wanted better, but did as I could do. I will now, at least, know whether I can live with or without one.

Jim 

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