View Full Version : Just for fun...playing with extreme shallow DOF

Mr. D
01-24-2006, 07:13 PM
I was playing with the 50mm f2.0, the DOF is extremely shallow at f2! It is a little soft at f2 also but what a great lens!!!
I would love to see your shallow DOF photos too. http://fourthirdsphoto.com/components/com_simpleboard/uploaded/images/P1164915_8bit_Post.jpg

01-24-2006, 09:09 PM
I have such a hard time focusing with the 35mm f3.5 at full macro I couldnt imagine trying to get it pinpoint at 2.0. Imagine how shallow the DOF would be with the EX-25 with that. I do like the colors though.


01-24-2006, 10:26 PM
I like the colors, too. Are you wanting to see ones done with that lens only?

01-25-2006, 03:46 AM
Here is a recent shot I took for a photo challenge for shallow DOF


Mr. D
01-25-2006, 07:01 AM
Hey Ann, I would like to see any from any lens.
PS: Nice Rose photo in the other post!!!
Matto, neat photo who\'s eye is that? Is that a reflection of a house in the pupil?

01-25-2006, 07:16 AM
The eye belongs to my 8 year old son. I had him sitting in front of the picture window at our house. That house in the reflection is actually the house across the street from where we live. That was taken with the 40-150 with a +10 diopter on the end of it, which allowed my to focus just a few inches away from his eye. I didnt have a true macro lens until after I took that. I also have a few others I have taken, if I have time later I will post them.


01-25-2006, 08:04 AM
What brand of diopter was it?

I love that shot and gave you a 10 on it!

01-25-2006, 08:11 AM
Ombrafoto wrote:

What brand of diopter was it?

I love that shot and gave you a 10 on it!

Thanks I needed all the 10's I could get!

The diopters are a set I bought off Ebay. They came with a +1, +2, +4, and +10.
They are actually an offbrand but are very sharp for what I paid for them. Now that I have the EX-25, UPS is delivering it today! :woohoo: I may end up selling them just not sure yet until I play with the Extension tube. They may still fill a need once in a while.


01-25-2006, 08:29 AM
I may have to look into a set of those..
Fills my need for a poor man's macro..:)

01-25-2006, 08:37 AM
IMHO and its very humble compared to alot of folks here. The diopters fill a really good void. Only drawback I have seen with mine is there is a very shallow DOF no matter your apeture setting. I imagine thats a built in to the lens to get the min. focusing distance down.


01-25-2006, 09:23 AM
Here is one to show what the 35mm f3.5 can do at 1:1 these are just some small bolts that I used as one of my PAD\'s this year.


01-25-2006, 11:43 AM
]Heres mine 50mm at f/2:)

01-25-2006, 12:13 PM
E-1, 54mm at F4. http://fourthirdsphoto.com/components/com_simpleboard/uploaded/images/RedFlowersSm.JPG

01-25-2006, 12:34 PM
Hi all,
Can i play with you ?
E1+50F2 at F2

01-25-2006, 12:41 PM
Cool. I didn't think to use my butterfly shots.

01-25-2006, 12:53 PM
An other one, Yann
E1+50F2 at F2

01-25-2006, 01:01 PM
Very nice, Yann. I like the pink colors.
I also like some of the butterfly shots in your album
Papillons-06 & 17.


01-25-2006, 01:09 PM
Here is another with the 35mm macro

01-25-2006, 01:14 PM
Superb shot MattO ! The 35mm seems very good also.
Thanks Ann for visiting my albums.

Mr. D
01-25-2006, 04:39 PM
All these shots a great!!! I can see that I need two things the EX25 and the 35 Macro!

01-25-2006, 06:05 PM
OK you want shallow DOF? This is with the 35mm Macro and the EX-25. Tripod a necessity!


01-25-2006, 06:32 PM
What is it? Looks kind of like a bug of some sort.

01-25-2006, 06:35 PM
Its a very tiny fly we found in the window tonight! I had to find some bug to do a macro of and a small one works good. I couldnt find anyway to prop him up so I could get his whole head in focus @1:1 with the macro lens. I need to work on the setup, but I decided my shot was good enough for my first try. And heck I have posted worse photos on the net!

Here is the a larger size if you want to click the link



01-25-2006, 06:38 PM
Oh Yikes! I see it now! Had to turn my head sideways. Cool!

01-26-2006, 05:26 AM
50mm f2.0 + EX-25 Hand held

http://media.gunnerx.org/photos/web/PC114886.jpg (http://media.gunnerx.org/photos/web/PC114886.jpg)

http://media.gunnerx.org/photos/web/PC114885.jpg (http://media.gunnerx.org/photos/web/PC114885.jpg)

01-26-2006, 07:00 AM
Howdy All !!!

Is this where the 'Shallowest DOF competition' is taking place?

Well, then then kindly accept my contribution:

It is my standard macro test target: a compound eye of a yellowjacket - each cell of its eye is only 20 ┬Ám across. Here I used f/3.6 which gave the largest possible DOF without seing any diffraction effects.

There are so many nice shallow DOF pictures posted here. In particular I like all those flower shots with strong coloured OOF backgrounds - great stuff! I have never tried myself but I get very inspired by the flowers here. I\'ll be back with some pictures as soon as the snow melts and the flowers are popping up from the ground again.

Cheers, Jens!

PS. The picture was taken with my E-1 and a Rodagon 60 mm f/4.0 enlarger lens with a +33 diopters achromatic close-up lens mounted on bellows fully extended to 200 mm. The combined Rodagon and +33 diopters lens makes a macro lens equivalent of 20 mm f/1.3. Used 1/360 sec, f/3.6, ISO 100, and diffused FL-20 flash.

01-26-2006, 07:10 AM
I think that yellowjacket has an astigmatism!! :laugh:

great shot!

01-26-2006, 07:31 AM
Hi Ombrafoto,

I think that yellowjacket has an astigmatism!! :laugh:


I can tell you that it certainly shows very concrete evidence of \'stigmata\' right now... :pinch:


Mr. D
01-27-2006, 06:00 PM
WOW, we really have some great shots here!!! Thanks for showing me what can be done if you put your mind to it. I think macro photography is very interesting...being able to see detail in things that would normally be too small to see with the eye only.
Here is one more from me it is not anywhere as good as the ones from the other contributors in this post but it is one I like because it is a picture of a flower from a bouquet my wife gave me because I am such a "wonderful husband"!!!
50-200 at 200mm f3.5 http://fourthirdsphoto.com/components/com_simpleboard/uploaded/images/P1194939Apost.jpg

01-27-2006, 07:46 PM
jebir - I think you won the \"Shallowest\" Prize. That is amazing.

01-27-2006, 08:32 PM
If not the shallowest, certainly the closest!!!

01-29-2006, 07:26 PM

01-30-2006, 12:35 PM
I really like this, the purple almost glows and has an incredible surreal effect

01-31-2006, 09:42 AM
I agree with you Julie! This is one of those flower macro shots with shallow DOF that I envy so much.

The OOF rendition is butter-smooth

Well Done NW_2!

Cheers, Jens.