Damsel 100% crop

Another pic from the same set. I just wondered how he would look at 100%....


I actually prefer the previously posted picture overall, but I think that this is an Amazing view of this creature - certainly one that you don't get with the naked eye - so here you go.


Equipment note:


There are a lot of comments on the net about the EOS 50D not being any better than the 40D. A lot of the critisism says that doesn't resolve more detail than the 40D because 'it's not as sharp at pixel level' and 'it's too noisey'. It's true that it's less forgiving of incorrect exposure and it does require setting up carefully and the files do require more work than the 40D, but the the plain fact is that it's got 20% more resolution than the 40D and it shows. If you want detail for cropping or for very large printsThe 50D is a cracking camera!


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  • JKmedia 6y

    As good if not better than the rest. Great work here

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  • wildlife ann 131 6y

    awesome shot, got lots of these pics i usually get whithin couple inches of them,
  • Dave Tyrer 6y

    Fantastic shot clive!
  • Chris Sharratt 6y

    Haven't viewed the other one yet, but this is awesome for a 100% crop! Nice result with the 50D and that lens combo. Great stuff.
  • Julian Sawyer 6y

  • Albert Tamayo 6y

    Still sharp even at 100%... Nice work!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • xtdup1@yahoo.com 6y

    dude, which lens did u use for this shot?
  • Clive Bushnell 6y

    Hi Xtdup1,
    sorry I missed your question. This shot was taken using a Tamron 180mm macro lens with a canon ef 1.4x II teleconverter and a canon EF 12 extension tube. The extension tube does little in terms of increased magnification. I use to to allow me to attach the canon teleconverter which other wise wouldn't fit on this lens as the lens' rear element isn't recessed like the canon 180mm is.
    If you're trying to decide which macro lens to buy, I whole heartedy recommend Tamron macros and of course the canon ones too. most macro lenses are extremely sharp, so really you need to consider other aspects of them, such as how much working distance (distance between the end of the lens and your subject) that you need; how much magnification you want and compatibility with your existing or future kit. Sigma macros are well liked, but Sigma have historically had compatibility issues with future canon cameras. I had this problem with sigma wide angle some years ago. One other thing - if you want to photgraph insects then I'd suggest you go with a lens which does not extend as it focuses (some lenses extend a lot which is likely to frighten your subject.

    Good luck.
  • Ron Longscon 6y

    Correct me if I'm wrong but the 50D actually has 50% more resolution- 15MP vs 10 on the 40D. Nice shot by the way.
  • Clive Bushnell 6y

    Hi Ron,
    It would seem that way wouldn't it, but in terms of how much actual resolution there is you need to look at the increase in each axis and that is only about 22% over the 40D. Anyway - it is a great camera and the plain fact is that it does resolve visibly more than the 40D. Probably for most applications that doesn't much matter, but for macro, more detail definitely = better ;)
  • spiros mavis 6y

    Nice picture as it is a crop!
    Just sold my old Canon Xti and i'm going to buy 50d. Heard about noisy problems on 50d, is that trouth in real life??
    Are you satisfied??
  • xtdup1@yahoo.com 6y

    I went from xsi to 50d and im noticing way less noise at 400+ iso, but i mean, you can always noiseware the noise
  • Clive Bushnell 6y

    Enjoy that 50D. The Canon DPP noise reduction facility is very good indeed on these files. If you normally use something else, check the canon software out too - it may be more effective.
    Have fun!
  • Greg Holmes 4y

    Great pictures Clive. I'm thinking of buying the Taron 180mm and your words and pictures certainly help. Many thanks
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