My first Photo stack

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i posted a thread a little while ago regarding macro lenses and which lenses were regarded as good ones. There were lots of replies and photo's for me to mull over which lens to eventually buy.
One reply interested me and it was about a raynox dcr-250.
Now i have never heard of it before so i took a look and it looked interesting, interesting enough to buy one while deciding on my eventual macro lens purchase.

so new lens and not got a scooby as to how to photo stack an object.
Here is the Result

23 image photo stack in photshop
taken with.
Pentax k-s2
Bell & Howell 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 lens
Raynox DCR-250
07/03/2017 - 17:09wozfromcov
Shutter Speed1/40
Focal Length100mm


Link Posted 07/03/2017 - 20:50
Hello "Woz":
You have "set" the subject on a nice little in-focus island. And effectively.

On the subject of macro lenses, I heartily recommend the Tamron-Di SP A/M 1:1 MACRO 90mm f2.8, which gives you excellent sharpness in center and very good sharpness in corners at almost all apertures; also very good bokeh. I find it a great lens for non-macro shots as well. Moderate cost. Closely following the Tamron is my ancient SMC Pentax-M MACRO 50mm f4, which is just superlative at very close ranges. Probably you can pick one up somewhere online at a really decent price. As for stacking, I'm new to it as well, and drove myself crazy stacking in Photoshop Elements. I bought Helicon Focus and discovered that if you can stand upright and breathe, you can stack in Helicon Focus.
Last Edited by go4IT on 07/03/2017 - 20:51


Link Posted 07/03/2017 - 21:34
I used a tripod for this shot. Got the center in focus at infinity then just turned the focus ring a little took a shot and continued until I got a full sweep of the the lens.

I also used the Pentax WiFi app to fire the lens. Cluncky but it works.


Link Posted 08/03/2017 - 00:29
You could try a set of Russian bellows off Ebay. They are cheap, robust and do their job well. You will need a K to M42 adapter to attach it to the camera and a NON AUTO M42 lens to put on the front (otherwise you can't control the iris!). A 135mm Takumar is just the job. You now have control of both magnification and focus for about 25. While looking through the viewfinder or watching live view, drag the tripod back and forward to get a basic idea of where focus actually is. Now you simply use the focus screw on the bellows to take a series of images from front to back of the subject. CombineZP is a good free stacking program too.

Try this site too link It explains almost everything about Macro from top to bottom and I believe the author was a member here at one time.
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Last Edited by davidwozhere on 08/03/2017 - 00:39
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