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  1. Cheers Fred. There are a number of good books, authors like John Shaw and Heather Angel come to mind. But today the net is the ultimate information resource. Just google macro photography, you'll come up with many great sites and tips; http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url...amp;x=0&y=0 http://photo.net/learn/macro/ http://www.slrphotographyguide.com/blog/ma...ips-images.html a couple of vids, one where the guy builds his own macro flash adapter from beer cans; http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Build-a-D...-Lens-159163530 super macro / micro showcase sites like the yearly competition sites run by camera manufacturers such as Nikon's Small World and Olympus's BioScapes; http://www.olympusbioscapes.com/gallery/2009/ http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/ At the end of the day there is one heck of alot you can do with just extension tubes or a reversal ring. Its a cheap way to start out. check these; http://regex.info/blog/2007-10-16/609 http://www.diyphotography.net/diy_reverse_macro_ring http://digital-photography-school.com/reve...cro-photography Macro is a fantastic world to explore Fred. Have fun and post some of your bugtography once you get comfortable with your results. As you get more into it keep the dialogue going, I'm sure many here want to see what you're up to. Myself, I'm keen to do some mayfly work; the bug eyed males are begging for some big close up portraits but whenever I get stream-side I forget my cameras and fish! By the way your files on your website are astounding. best, Phil
  2. The advise you have been given is excellent, as are the photos sent in. Brilliant close up work, this said as a pro shooter. The 105 Nikon macro has historically been an excellent optic from the older manual lens to the present ED glass VR version. The 100mm focal length allows for more working distance vs the 60mm/55mm macros. Their 200mm macro is also outstanding. Today many less expensive after market brands offer excellent value and boast great MTF results. The Nikons are expensive but you get what you pay for, they will have better MTF figures and a higher build quality. It comes down to what you want to spend. I own a 90mm Tamron too and it gives excellent results but it is not built to the same standard as the Nikons. Like cars photographers tend to prefer one brand over another. Another thing to note is the best resolution is often around 5.6 ish with many lenses, macro or otherwise, this stop offers little depth of field. Most shooters tend to shoot at a deeper f-stop trading off resolution for DOF in macro especially- DOF and light is the constant battle in macro work. I often shoot with microscope objectives (Zeiss Luminars) on still and movie cameras working with DOF measured in mm - good fun. Check my website for clips, there are a few that will appeal to flyfisherman. here Bens advise to review MTF tests is right on. The German website Photozone is the best I've found for comparing MTF results of Nikon, Canon, Zeiss, Tamron and others. The site is a bit odd - at times you'll have to refresh the page twice to see it - or maybe thats just operator error (ie: me). ;0) Photozone best Phil
  3. The Dazor is worth a look if you're springing 100 for a bulb. They have a number of different magnifications and offer a full spectrum bulb as well. You get a great magnifier and the light right where you want it. http://www.dazor.com/illuminated-magnifier-lamp.html
  4. I use an old Dazor round desk lamp magnifier with a 22 watt cool white flo tube. Very well made with three articulation points in the arm. Nice big magnifier, with different diopters available = more magnification, if you order a new one. Like the pic below but a bit older. Google Dazor magnifier to check current prices, round $225 ish. Built like a tank and will last forever. They pop up on ebay from time to time, I got mine there for $80 ish.
  5. Thanks very much for your swift response. I've checked them out. I did some surfing as well - it seems they are marketed in the bead world as either teardrop or balloon seed beads. Ever the cheap-skate I'm waiting for some return e-mails to see what they cost. It appears they are made in Czechoslovakia, India and Japan for folks who stitch them into clothing - hence the offset bore. I suspect they may be very inexpensive if sourced from the bead folk. Says the guy with the JoAnn's Fabric button box, fly boxes.... hey they were on sale and only 50 cents each!! ;0) Tight lines, Phil
  6. I exchanged flies the other day with a new riverside acquaintance, he passed me a glass bead zebra midge with an oblong / egg / bubble shape to it. I like the look of this bead and was wondering if anyone had seen them before and knew where to source them. I've attached a few pics - along side of a normal glass bead tied on #16 for reference. Many thanks for any assistance. Phil
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