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Which digital camera do you use?

Discussion in 'Through the Lens' started by John Bokma, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. John Bokma

    John Bokma Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Maybe a good idea for a sticky: which digital camera do you use.

    Post here what you consider your best picture, and tell which camera you used, and maybe other things you did to get that result (lens, post-processing, etc).

    I am also curious if your camera can handle UV pictures well. Did you use a special lens to block out UV?

    I use a Philips ESP 60, which I bought in the end of 1998 (!). It does 640 x 480 max. Supports macro mode. Is quite sensitive to UV light (I see a lot of blue in the pictures even on a black background).

    male C. flavopictus collected at the roof of my house, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

    shutter 1/32 s, F 4.00, B 4.00, no flash. I used a 20W halogeen desk lamp as light source.

    (BTW I have no idea how it got that nick on the left chela)
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2005
  2. TheNothing

    TheNothing Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I've not tried UV pics yet but i use a Sony DSC-P73

    manual settings:
    Aperture: f/2.8
    ISO: 400
    Exposure time: 0.001 s (10/10000) (1/1000)
    Focal length: 6.00 (60/10)

    i probably should have kicked the exposure time down to 1/500 or less

    automatic settings
    Aperture: f/2.8
    ISO: 100
    Exposure time: 0.025 s (10/400) (1/40)
    Focal length: 6.00 (60/10)

    taken with macro setting on camera
    i'm hoping to pick up a dioptic lens here soon to improve the macros
  3. I use a canon powershot pro 1 I think it does a good job

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  4. Fluid Filter

    Fluid Filter Arachnoknight Old Timer

    I use an Olympus 8080wz which isn't too shabby. Soon i'll be upgrading to a Canon 20d digital slr which should be awesome.

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  5. Fluid Filter

    Fluid Filter Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Nice jumper btw johnnyjohnjon. Now i want one.
  6. Brian S

    Brian S ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Sony Mavica FD200. There are better cameras out there but this one is very simple to use.
  7. Schlyne

    Schlyne Arachnoangel Old Timer

    I have a Canon Digital Rebel. I am still trying to decide what my best picture is.

    I've only tried to take UV pictures once, and since I do not currently own a tripod, I had to use a setting that had a flash on it, which killed the UV effect. I should go out and get a tripod.

    I wouldn't call this as my best picture, but it is winning a herp of the month photo contest on one site and (at last check) tied for a POTM contest on another.

    http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y217/Schlyne/Crested Geckos/swamilickingforbpnet.jpg

    Large Version

    http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y217/Schlyne/Crested Geckos/swamilicking.jpg

    As for scorpion pictures, I don't take very many pictures of my flat rock scorps.

  8. Psoulocybe

    Psoulocybe Arachnosquire Old Timer

    I use a Fujifilm Finepix 3800 - 3.2mp, 6X optical, F2.8 - F8.2 (also have 1.5X teleconverter)

    F2.8, exp 1/18, with 1.5x teleconverter

    I did mute some levels with the green and blue channels a bit to get the warm tones to pop out. I also adjusted the curves to my liking.
  9. Matt

    Matt Arachnosquire Old Timer


    I use a Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, 28-75/2,8 lens

  10. Freddie

    Freddie Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Canon digital ixus 500.
    Best pic... all sucks.
  11. Malkavian

    Malkavian Arachnolord Old Timer

    Fuji S 602 w/ a polarized filter on at all times.

    My best photo? I can't choose..this is one I'm really proud of though.


    Edit: What work I did on this: Close crop from the full resolution pic (Yeah, I take at as high a res as my camera can handle) saturation and contrast tweaking in photoshop, then run through a noise filter (NeatImage is the software I adore for that) and then back through an unsharp mask in photoshop. I HIGHLY reccomend Neatimage for noise reduction, and addition of some interesting artistic effects.

    Rest of 'em here: http://www.thebleedingheart.com/gallery.php
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2005
  12. Psoulocybe

    Psoulocybe Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Malkavian, that's a sweet shot...

    Why a polarizer all the time?
  13. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

    I love mine too

    Easy to use with enough control for my SLR personality
    I do not however have a 1.5x teleconverter.. :(
  14. Malkavian

    Malkavian Arachnolord Old Timer

    Thanks :D

    I got in the habit of keeping a filter on (either UV or polarized) at all times at the beach, kept sand and grit out of my lens; since most of my photography is outdoors I still leave the polarized one on to cut down on any incidental glare and reflections (which I encounter a lot--shiny rocks, glossy plant leaves, water, etc)

    I have a handful of other filters I should really learn to use better...my next goal is to get an infrared filter so i can start taking IR photos (google that, they look AWESOME)
  15. TheNothing

    TheNothing Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I keep a polarized filter on my SLR at all times as well...
    just been habit since highschool
  16. becca81

    becca81 Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    I'm currently looking for a new camera and I can't seem to settle on one particular camera.

    I need one that will take good macro shots (I'm looking at SLR-like), but will also take good action shots. My current camera does okay with still shots, but any movement (even in good light) can cause a slight blur.

    I've been looking at the Nikon Coolpix 8800. Does anyone have any experience with it?
  17. danread

    danread Arachnoprince Old Timer

    This is one of my favorite photos. It isn't as good as i would have liked, the focus isn't quite there, but i like the way the overall composition came out.

    Taken with an olympus c-5050z


    And heres a few more to show what the camera is capable of. I highly recommend this camera, although the later models in the series (c-7070 and the c-8080) are even better.


  18. Windchaser

    Windchaser Arachnoking Old Timer

    I shoot with a Sony F717. I have been very pleased with this camera. Here are some of my shots over the years.









  19. JPD

    JPD Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Nikon CP 5700.
    Not too bad. Still don't know how to make use of it fully though.
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  20. moricollins

    moricollins Arachnoking Old Timer

    I have just bought a Fujifilm Finepix E510, 5.2 MP. I quite enjoy it, though I am still getting used to using it.

    Here are some of my best macro shots:



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