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Hairy Footed Bee

A Hairy Footed Bee was a rare visitor to my yard when I lived in Bacoli, Italy and I have yet to see them in Lago Patria. Image taken in March of 2020.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (3x) + a diffused MT-26EX RT (E-TTL metering with -1/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. In post I used Topaz Sharpen AI and Clarity in that order.
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6000x4000px 5.45 MB
Canon EOS 80D
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Focal Length
65 mm
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Date Taken
Mar 15, 2020, 2:52:30 PM
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Cheesy-peas-please's avatar

Great photo. Do you generally take your macro photos freehand? At the moment I only have a 18-135mm kit lens for my canon DSLR. I've used extension tubes 20+ years ago with an old Canon film SLR but never used a macro lens. With my old Canon 500N SLR, there was no question that you had to use a tripod and shutter release cable for close up shots with extension tubes. I purchased my first DSLR just this year after not touching any SLR for 20 years so I have much to learn!

dalantech's avatar

I am normally holding on to whatever the critter is perched on with my left hand, and then I brace the lens on that same hand so that both camera and subject are on the same "platform". Shooting that way gives me a lot of control over where I am placing the area of acceptable focus (I do not focus stack). Plus I can get the exact framing that I want since I do not crop in post unless someone wants a square print. If you are interested I have tutorials here at Deviant Art:

Cheesy-peas-please's avatar

Thank you very much for your reply and the info. I'll be sure to check out your tutorial.

I will need to invest in more lenses in the future; I was setting my sights (excuse the pun) on a 75-300mm Canon and so-called 'nifty 50'. Paying out for a macro as well as those 2 lenses, is going to be mega bucks but I'm definitely intrigued by close-up photography and I find insects facinating. Its a world we easily overlook.

I've also found that once you starting look at weather proofed, tropicalised Canon lenses, you fall into the 'pro' category with associated price tags which is a pain. I have a tropicalised Canon 90D but I'm going to break the bank if I starting forking out for tropicalised lenses! I'd love to be abe to take it out in all weather conditions without fear of screwing my lenses up.

If you had any further recommendations lens-wise that would much appreciated.

dalantech's avatar

IMHO one of the best Canon macro lenses is the EF-S 60mm macro. Cannon has discontinued it, but you can pick one up on Amazon for around $400 (used). Or eBay.

careas's avatar

Beautiful close-up!

SajuukkuujaS's avatar

Cute head, need to say.

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