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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The painted lady butterfly with the Canon 100mm f2.8 image stabilised L lens

I recently purchased a macro lens with image stabilising of up to 3 or 4 stops built in.

I wanted to be able to select a small aperture with a slow speed to enable hand held photos, I am not a fan of tripods for these type of pictures.

This enabled me to hand hold these two photos of a painted lady butterfly supping nectar on our pyracantha bush at f16  1/40th of a second ISO 200.

The second picture may be the one for purists but I like the first for the sheer detail in such a wonderful creature.

All the way from Africa

The lens with the hood attached useless for macro work far to close to the subject scaring the beastie and blocking the light


  1. It is a beautiful creature and amazing that such a delicate thing can make such a long journey. It wasn't until I took started taking close-ups of butterflies I noticed they had stripey antennae - the wonder of photography.

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    1. Thanks Jean hope all is well with you and yours

  3. I echo your thoughts I looked at your latest mirror less camera very impressive results but I didn't find any lenses that you purchased with it