I am currently considering what compromises I have to make to continue photographing my bugs. Birds are a whole different kettle of avian fish altogether.
Fuji does not yet make a proper macro lens. Nor is one on their lens roll out plan. I wondered if I could use the 55-200mm lens for natural history. So I tackled the hill behind the house and shot all kinds of things from spiders to plants.
The results were disappointing. At 55mm (x1.5 for FF equivalent) it is F3.5, which is not bad. And even at 200mm (300mm FF equivalent) it is F4.8. It also has a claim to offer 4.5 stops of image stabilisation. And it weighs only 580g. The problem is its minimum focus is only 1.1m – much too far away for small bugs. So when I reviewed my images I was disappointed. They look sharp on the LCD. Dare I say they may look ok to the average blog viewer. But I blow each frame up to 1:1 and inspect the sharpness across the frame. Fail. Probably a tripod would have been sensible but this was after all an experiment. Out of almost 50 images only ~30 made it to download and 6 made it to processing. Two of those I am still uncertain about. None is remotely close to being a true ‘keeper’.
Here are the results.
I quite like this paper wasp, Parapolybia indica, but it was more luck than judgement.This next one I am unsure about but it is an abandoned nest of the species above, I believe, so I have included it. Sadly it lacks sharpness / DoF. It is the very front that is out of focus, and I did not see this through the EVF. User error.
The next one was easier by virtue of size. This is a Melastoma and I think it is M. sanguinea.
I took what I thought was a spiffing shot of an Oriental Cockroach, Opisthoplatia orientalis. Unlike the house roaches OC is a handsome shiny black and red colour. As I was unhappy with today’s shot, here is my Blue Peter version (made earlier).
They are nocturnal but are easy to find under loose bark, which is where my afternoon chum was hiding. Definitely a case of the bark being worse than the bite.
So what to do? I am going to see if I could use my Canon macro on the Fuji with an adaptor. On good days I will continue to use the 5D3 and the 100mm F2.8 Canon macro and my tripod. This Fuji option does not cut the mustard, or indeed any other herb. Any ideas, folks?