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    Ha! How I wish the law of physics can be broken. ) The wind break is a nice idea, I had a hard time picturing a spider because it kept swaying in the wind.

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    Those crappy signs on the roadside offer the universal stick-it-in-the-ground holder upper thing too.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    It seems odd that nobody (as far as I can tell) has asked what your preferred subject is or where you want to shoot. It makes a tremendous difference.



    (Shot on a Crown Graphic, 150mm lens, 6x9 back, tripod mounted in studio, with flash, maybe around half-size on the film, heavily cropped scan).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColdEye View Post
    Is it doable for somebody with shaky hands (me) to shoot macro handheld? I know I should get a tripod, but I don't have one yet. I was trying to shoot some stuff using a 55mm and when it goes to 1:1, the shaking is noticeable in the viewfinder. I used a shutter speed of 1/500, will that do? What might be the lowest shutter speed to use without necessary blur?
    I have uncommonly steady hands, and I cannot handhold a camera at 1;1 and get acceptable results at any shutter speed, including 1/2000 second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    I have uncommonly steady hands, and I cannot handhold a camera at 1;1 and get acceptable results at any shutter speed, including 1/2000 second.
    I bought my F100 to take advantage of my FX VR lens. I am definitely getting older and not steadier.

    But.... there is no substitute for a tripod.

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    I've used a flash with a duration down to 1/32000 sec handheld at close distances, it does work pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColdEye View Post
    Is it doable for somebody with shaky hands (me) to shoot macro handheld? I know I should get a tripod, but I don't have one yet. I was trying to shoot some stuff using a 55mm and when it goes to 1:1, the shaking is noticeable in the viewfinder. I used a shutter speed of 1/500, will that do? What might be the lowest shutter speed to use without necessary blur?
    the new photoshop'camera-shake filter may work for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColdEye View Post
    Is it doable for somebody with shaky hands (me) to shoot macro handheld? I know I should get a tripod, but I don't have one yet. I was trying to shoot some stuff using a 55mm and when it goes to 1:1, the shaking is noticeable in the viewfinder. I used a shutter speed of 1/500, will that do? What might be the lowest shutter speed to use without necessary blur?
    there is no reason not to have a tripod or at leat a monopod
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    I use a ring flash and have zero problems with sharpness and it allows me to use a small F stop to maximize depth of field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColdEye View Post
    Is it doable for somebody with shaky hands (me) to shoot macro handheld? I know I should get a tripod, but I don't have one yet. I was trying to shoot some stuff using a 55mm and when it goes to 1:1, the shaking is noticeable in the viewfinder. I used a shutter speed of 1/500, will that do? What might be the lowest shutter speed to use without necessary blur?
    that ,of course depends on the individual. the 1/f rule is a good start but often inadequate. I tested it for me and came up with1/f*2. here is a simple way to test:
    get one of these mini mag flashlights.take the front lens off and expose the tiny bare bulb.Then in a darkened room take pictures of it with your lens at a reasonable distance with several sutter speeds.investigate the negatives or the files to see at what shutter speed the bare bulb is not a blurry trail anymore. I suspect you'll surprised how much shaky hands influence sharpness. I very much advocate a tripod or at least a monopod, which surprised mehow much it helps to stabilize a camera.they cost little and help a lot.it can easilyadd a stop or two.and let's not forget that when using a flash, the flash duration becomes the exposure time!can't beat that with a stick.
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