Digital Camera for macro pictures

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Re: Digital Camera for macro pictures

Postby JeremyBP » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:37 pm

$600? :o Wow!

We actually wanted the shallow depth of field. We could step forwards and backwards in the stream we were shooting and make a 3D map of the flow inside it.
This wasn't from the same setup (different flow, different lens), but from the same experiment.
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Re: Digital Camera for macro pictures

Postby orcinus » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:14 pm

When not doing movies, or taking photos of single events, you can also do focus stacking.
Works rather well. Some Canon models have a built in focus bracketing function, but it's fairly limited (3 shots).

The Magic Lantern firmware allows an unlimited (or not very limited) number of focus steps, though.

Not sure about Nikon, it's been quite a while since i've used them.
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Re: Digital Camera for macro pictures

Postby macona » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:28 pm

I have the Magic Lantern software installed on my camera, I have not tried the focus stacking. Might work pretty well with the 50mm 1.4 and a bunch of diopters to let me get close that way. Cant do anything like that with the nikon lens since there is no way to drive the focus from the body. Could do it externally with a stepper driving the focus, in fact I have a motor, bracket, pulley and belt just for that. This lens was taken out of a piece of equipment that checked LCDs for bad pixels.

Canon seems the most friendly to "hacking" and allowing computer control. When I worked at Laika and before we started filming ParaNorman they tried every brand of dSLR. We needed to be able to control the camera from software. Nikon wanted nothing to do with us since we were "only" buying about 50 cameras. Canon, on the other hand, was very helpful, gave us the SDK to interface, lent cameras and lenses to play with and stuff like that. I think they ended up buying about 60 5D Mark II's and they are buying 5D Mark IIIs for the next film.
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Re: Digital Camera for macro pictures

Postby orcinus » Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:53 pm

You worked for Laika? Nice!
I think i've heard a similar story from someone else once.

I've always leaned more towards Canon, although i tend not to get into one vs. the other debates.
Each has its merits and flaws.

I'm on an aging 1Ds Mark II as a workhorse camera and a Fuji X-Pro 1 as a day-to day camera.
Fuji's XF 2.4/60 macro is pretty nice...
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Re: Digital Camera for macro pictures

Postby flurin » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:23 am

My latest macro photo:

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Layer height = 0.25mm
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Re: Digital Camera for macro pictures

Postby flurin » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:12 am

My final Solution for Macro Images.

I purchased a 5MP USB Microscope.
http://www.adafruit.com/products/636

The delivered Stand is unusable, so I decided to design a new one. The knob on the top is for fine adjustment.

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MicroscopeStand2.JPG
USB-Microscope


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PLA-Surface, Layer height = 0.25mm
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Re: Digital Camera for macro pictures

Postby BenJackson » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:32 pm

I have a similar USB microscope and I'd definitely print your stand if you put it on thingiverse or post the files here!
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Re: Digital Camera for macro pictures

Postby flurin » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:40 am

... I've uploaded the files to Thingiverse. However this is still a "work in progress"!

To do:

1. BOM > done.
2. Assembly drawings
3. Instructions

Everybody is welcome to collaborate.
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