Monday, 14 April 2014

New Camera

I thought it was about time for an upgrade so I bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ 200 with raynox lense. It can certainly produce some fine detail but the depth of field is minuscule even at F8. On the shot below the eye is nice and sharp but the nose is out of focus. If you consider these Eriocrania subpurpurellas are only 7mm in length I'll leave it up to you to work out the DoF.

It does take nice bird photos as well though!



6 comments:

AndyC said...

Nice purple scales,,and nice photos,,what sort of raynox lense did you get,,??and what is a raynox lense.??

charlie streets said...

Raynox is a trademark lense that simply clips to the front of your camera lense and allows you to focus at much closer ranges (about 4 inches in this case) whilst still using the same amount of zoom - about 12x for these pics. It's very fiddly for the inexperienced, focusing is achieved by moving the camera in and out rather than using auto focusing.

I'm using the DCR 250; one benefit was that I could see the Eriocrania's head moving up and down as if it was thinking out it's next move, weird!

AndyC said...

What magnification is the Raynox,?is it made for the lumix.?

charlie streets said...

Raynox lenses fit a range of cameras, best to check their website to see if yours is compatable and SUITABLE!

http://www.raynox.co.jp/english/dcr/dcr250/indexdcr250eg.htm

It significantly enlarges the image but having a 24x zoom also helps.

With the FZ 200 it's like viewing them on a small TV screen.

charlie streets said...

Forgot to say you're welcome to try mine out if you want.

AndyC said...

Yes Charlie, wouldn't mind a look next time your out and about...