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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:34 am 
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With all the great views and whales to watch, are there enough small things worth carrying your macro-lens all the time with you?
Flowers, insects, what else?
Need a flash, because all those things are hidden in the darkest corners of the jungle, caves etc?

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Hi Thomas, well there's certainly lots of different types of trees and flowers here, some or even many of which you won't find in Europe. I guess it all depends on how much of your time you'll be able to (or want to) devote to macro-photography.

Since I'm no flora expert, I'd recommend getting yourself a guidebook to see what they recommend! The Lonely Planet New Zealand edition is a pretty good all-round guide and has a flora and fauna section which could whet your appetite.

As for insects, I almost tripped over a massive dragon-fly the other day on a hike which was about 10cm long! I didn't need a macro lens for that one! You certainly won't want to reminded of the sandflies either - little biting beggars! Hopefully they shouldn't be so many around when you come, but watch out near water, especially around Fjordland.

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Speaking of sandflies,
any recommendation as to what is the best repellent?

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 Post subject: As to the sandflies...
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:11 am 
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As to the sandflies...
1. The sandflies were not half as ugly as some bites I got here in Germany
2. Buy BushMan water resistant insect repellent. It's 80% DEET (heavy duty). Just be careful to NOT apply it to plastics, as they crumble from DEET.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:18 am 
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As to macro photography...
Well to be honest: I only shot around 25 of 3000 pics with my macro in NZ. Mostly shells from clams and snails. See http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=3891211 ... and&m=tags
But many of them were large enough to capture them with the 18-200mm at magnification of 0.2 and below. Just watch out to stop down to f8 or f11 to improve the close-up picture quality and depth of field of the zoom.
So it was not really worth it to carry the heavy 105mm VR with me all the time. :roll:
To decide for yourself: just consider, what you normally shoot with your macro lens...

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