Focus Stacking in the field has become a practical reality for me thanks to what Panasonic calls 4K post focus, avaiilable in the GH4 and several other models….. The very first time I saw the remarkable images that a scanning electron microscope could generate I was completely hooked. The Sunday Times colour supplement, a journal of quality in those pre-Murdoch days published a series of images by the remarkable Lennart Nilsson. Every detail was revealed in sharp focus by taking layers within the target and building up an image created via…

For a couple of months I have used the Laowa 15mm f/4 wide angle macro from Venus Optics Company and have just penned a very detailed review and sent it off to Keith Wilson editor of WildPlanet photo-magazine with a large selection of images. I have posted some interim images and comments as my relationship with this lens has deepened. It has also set me thinking (not unusual) in what I want out of wide angle lenses. Have written a great deal on this already in both blogs,…

  By  Paul Harcourt Davies © 2014 The saga continues with further thoughts, ramblings and homilies on a great 105mm macro lens in particular… and macro lenses in general. This lens makes a great companion for the Nikon Macro speedlight R1C1 that will be covered  in detail in a forthcoming post. Part 1 can be read here. What about using autofocus at close distances? In general, I have found it better to dispense with AF altogether when working at the closest limits of a macro lens — an AF mechanism can tend to…

Let’s consider the conclusion first – the Nikon D7100 is an amazingly versatile photographic machine that, in the past two months, has delivered everything and more that I have asked from it. Whether it is a question of sharpness, speed of response, quality of colour images or just a general feel in the hand it has cut the proverbial mustard.