And some of your shots look great-
But they are inconsistent. You have some blur both near and far- which are the depth of field issues I have already contended with. This is where the "minimal" equipemnt falls short. The less expensive lenses just will not supprt the depth of field required. I have a Macro lens too I am often using.
Thank you very much for your words and your pics- and they do look good. The detail is great and the lighting is perfection. If the blur was gone I would say you have naled it.
I think you are right about the lighting- which is why I am gong with less wattage. But again- too long can lead to white balance issues agan- this is what less light brings. Also, I use a remote trigger as just the simple act of pushing the shutter release can actually cause the blur you are seeing in your shots at such long aperature openings.
Thanks again for your response and I always learn somethign from every post. I am still looking at your pics- and the lighting again is awesome.