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Hi. I don't consider myself as a creative type but instead try for the sharpest and most detailed images possible in my Close-Up photography. If I can show someone what an insect or flower really looks like then I'm happy. I have a continued passion with Fungi so look out for those cropping up.

Back on ePhotozine after an 8 year break I'm enjoying looking through people's portfolios. Hopefully I'll get to yours soon if I haven't already. Tony
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A father of 3 my 30+ year interest in photography was rekindled by the digital revolution. A keen "club" member, I enjoy speaking with like minded folk about photography and participating in the competitions.

This site has quickly become a favourite and encouraged me to try different things. I've settled firmly on Close-Up and Macro as it's always held a fascination for me.

In the past I've had lots of fun trying out lenses bought from that well known auction site. The price of older equipment lets you use a lens for a few months then resell it for the same money (sometimes even more... Ho ho ho) and that appeals to me.

I've just found my previous list of equipment and its 10 years out of date. I'll update it now but leave the old list intact at the bottom as I hadn't remembered half of it. Sorry if it's a bore but it seems ePhotozine will remember it all for me. Smile

Canon 6D
Canon G12
Sony Rx100 M2

Canon TS-E 24mm mk2
Canon TS-E 90mm
Canon EF 100mm f2.8 IS
Canon EF 75-300mm (out on long term loan)
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x mag

Sigma 1.4x Tele Converter
Sigma 35mm f1.4
Sigma 50mm f2.8 macro
Sigma 150mm f2.8 OS macro
Sigma 50-500mm (Bigma)

Zeiss 100mm f2 macro

Pentacon Auto 50mm f1.8
Vivitar 55mm f2.8 1:1 Macro (Stunningly Sharp Old Lens)
Komura Telemore 95mk2 (fits on the front of the MPE lens to give infinity focus)

Canon 550EX Flash
Canon MR-14EX Ring Flash
Canon MT-24EX Twin Flash
4x Nikon SB30 Flash
Metz 45 CL4

Olympus 20mm f2 bellows lens
Olympus 65-116mm Tele Tube
Novoflex Bellows
Novoflex Macro Rail
Velbon Macro Rail (out on long term loan)
Stackshot Electronic Macro Rail

A selection of enlarger lenses which are Reverse Mounted onto other lenses to give between 2-4.5x Macro.

Schneider Componon 35mm f4
Rodenstock Rodagon WA 40mm f4
Schneider Componon S 50mm f2.8
Nikon EL-Nikkor 50mm f2.8
Rodenstock Rodagon 80mm f4 Apochromatic
Schneider Componon S 135mm f5.6

Nodal Ninja 3
Nodal Ninja 4
iOptron Skytracker 2 (Still to be used because I hurt myself at night)

Manfrotto 330B Macro Flash Bracket
Manfrotto 454 Micro Positioning Plate
Manfrotto 393 Gimbal Head
Manfrotto 322rc2 Head
Manfrotto 410 Geared Head
Manfrotto 055xprob Tripod
Velbon Ultra Maxi Mini Tripod
Cullmann Magic 2 Tripod
Cullmann Magic Travel Kit
Benbo MK1 Tripod

Just an assortment of Ball & Socket Heads, Rings, Tubes and Adapters after that.

I'm Shocked how Outdated this previous list is...

Canon 20D
Canon 40D

EF-S 10-22mm
EF 24-70mm f2.8 L
EF 70-200mm f4 L IS
EF 50mm f1.4
EF-S 60mm F2.8 Macro
EF 85mm f1.2 L
EF 100mm f2.8 Macro
EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM
EF 300mm F4 L (Sold Sniff)

Canon G9
Canon S80
Canon Eos 5
Nikon 35Ti
Pentax 105WR
Nikon 35 AWAF (I've 3 of these... Ha ha ha)

MR14-EX Ring Flash
Metz 45 CL4
Benbo Mk1 & Manfrotto 322rc2 Head (Superb)
Cullmann Magic

Crumpler Ripper Tripper Backpack (Brill)


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  • Location
    Scotland Scotland
    Last login
    05/04/2017 @16:12
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  • Photographic Interests

    Wildlife / Nature
    Close-up / Macro
    Flash / Lighting
    Flowers & Plants
    Landscape / Travel
    Night / Low Light
  • Favourites

    Peter Ribbeck & Simon Butterworth
    The Quiet Man (John Wayne)
    Kerrycroy in Rothesay
    Anything Metallic Flake
    iPhone & iPad Pro