Canon 400D - Northern Cape herp's

Canon 400D - Northern Cape herp's

Postby Mongoose » Mon May 12, 2008 6:58 pm

As some might know, I have gotten a new camera. Here are some herp's quickly found just to photograph.

Naja nivea
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Chondrodactylus bibronii
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Pachydactylus capensis
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Lycosa sp.
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Postby drummer » Mon May 12, 2008 7:08 pm

like the nivea shot
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Postby phish » Mon May 12, 2008 7:32 pm

nice toy, what lenses did you get for it?
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Postby Mongoose » Mon May 12, 2008 7:44 pm

Only have the standard 18 - 55mm lens.. It's not the most sharp lens around though.
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Postby BushSnake » Mon May 12, 2008 8:21 pm

Cool! The sharpness doesn't seem to bad for Canon's worst ever lens. For the reptiles you'll unfortunately need to save for the 100mm macro. Won't be disappointed though!
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Postby alexander » Mon May 12, 2008 9:10 pm

very nice!
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Postby damiensharjah » Mon May 12, 2008 9:39 pm

Lovely cobra shot. Now if you had a Nikon.... :D
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Postby armata » Mon May 12, 2008 11:43 pm

Nice use of fill flash on the cobra goose, did you just use the on camera flash.

BTW Damien, when I was in the UK I spotted a D2X in mint condition for a thousand pounds, was tempted. Maybe the D300 is the next step, gotta keep up with Uncle Bill!
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Postby damiensharjah » Tue May 13, 2008 5:15 am

Oh Bill wasn't slow in reminding me of all the things the d300 has that other cameras don't. I made some chirpy remark about workmen and tools or something.
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Postby Mongoose » Tue May 13, 2008 12:10 pm

No, I had another flash on. It's a really old flash from my dad's stuff.

The Pop-up flash how ever does perform pretty well though..

Just a question regarding the pop-up flash and the 100mm Macro. With the pop-up flash, Will it be able to go "over" the lens ( not make the bottom of the photo dark)?

More pic's coming soon.
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Postby damiensharjah » Tue May 13, 2008 12:15 pm

Mongoose. It depends on your minimum focussing distance, but I'd guess that it should clear the lense no hassles. I use pop up sometimes with my 150mm macro, but that only focusses 20cm away or so. Remove the hood in any case. I've only had hassles like that with my 16mm.
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Postby BushSnake » Tue May 13, 2008 3:50 pm

The pop-up easily goes over the 20cm (officially 31cm) range of the 100mm. You might find that the pop-up with a few extension tubes before the lens doesn't work, but I've never tried it so I'll wait for your proof. I always use the pop-up for photographs but I have ordered a ring flash (Canon MT24-EX) last week. The ringflashes has the advantage of eliminating shadows but you often get unwanted or unnatural(in the case of the MT14-EX) reflections in the eyes of reptiles. There will of course not be any reptiles to test it on in June when I finally get it. Does anybody have a corn that I can borrow :twisted:

I am still quite curious about the functions of cameras. Everybody raves about the new gimmicks but 99.9999% of those functions are either useless or could have been done on Photoshop in any case.
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Postby armata » Tue May 13, 2008 5:56 pm

Yes, I have my doubts for example about the self-cleaning sensor on the D300.

BS I find with my macro flash I have to use exp comp as much as -1 stop
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Postby Bushviper » Tue May 13, 2008 6:27 pm

Just be careful with these ring flashes. I saw someone filming a baby Shieldnose snake the one day using this flash and he seemed a bit disorientated when he was replaced in his cage. The next morning he was dead!!!

The intense light from so close will make most people go blind so think what it is doing to your subjects. Just because they cannot vocalise their fear and pain it does not mean that they will be able to see afterwards if you overdo the macro stuff. Practise on a twig or leaf until you know what you are doing and then minimise the number of shots you are going to take with these devices!
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Postby BushSnake » Tue May 13, 2008 6:44 pm

BS I find with my macro flash I have to use exp comp as much as -1 stop
- with Canon its working, so it must be Nikon's fault :twisted:

I have also had incorrect exposures with ring flashes, but my old Canon MR14-EX worked very well with exposure calculations and correction, so I can only hope it will be the same or better with the bigger, better (and more expensive) MT24-EX. Its actually for the butterfly photography where you normally have less time for a photo.

BV, in theory the same amount of light should be transmitted from a ring flash as from any other flash to obtain a correct exposure. The flash-heads are closer to the object and become quite hot, which might be a problem, but the brightness of the light should not be any worse. Also, I think it is better photographing them during the day when their pupils are closed for the bright sunlight. However, I try my best to do it as quick as possible since I don't want the snakes to become albinos...
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