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About a week ago, I finally took the plunge and bought myself a new camera. I haven't posted about it up until now simply because I didn't have a macro lens for it yet, so I really couldn't talk much about what it could do for photographing minis.


I could tell you all about it, but there's a great review of the camera at Megapixel.net


The skinny is that it is a 6+ megapixel Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. I can get images that are 3008 x 2008 pixels in dimenson. Now obviously, that's way more than anybody wants to download over a website. But I can take some really nice photos, and shrink them for posting. Or, I can get really high-quality prints from my photo printer.


In any event, now that I have my 50mm macro lens, I decided to try it out on one of my previously painted minis, Josephine Lucera.


Here's a wide shot of her. This image was cropped out of the original, and is now 30% of the original size.




This was a 1/4 second exposure at f4.5. You may notice that the depth of field isn't all that great here. I just need to make my aperture smaller from now on, and I'll have a better depth of field. Using a smaller aperture means that the f number will increase, and in order to get a properly exposed image, I'll need a longer exposure. No problem. I have a tripod, and the camera has a timer, and the mirror locks up in timer mode immediately after you push the shutter release. Any vibrations caused by the mirror movement should subside by the time the shutter opens.


Enough of that. Just how close can I get to my minis with this particular macro lens?

Pretty dang close, actually:




But would you really want to? Here's the resulting shot, taken with the same parameters as before, only this time using the maximum magnification on this particular lens (1x).




As you can see, this isn't the most flattering image at all. In fact, it looks like crap. But now you can tell just how poorly I paint faces. :blink: Again, the depth of field is an issue, but I can fix this.


All in all, I'm quite pleased with this camera, and am looking forward to sharing more images with you of my minis. I'm also looking forward to putting it through it's paces this summer on my various hiking treks around the Colorado Rockies. Oh yeah, and I'll be bringing this to ReaperCon!

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Now that you've had the camera a few weeks, what do you think of all of its capabilities? Some of the reviews on other digi-SLRs have indicated less than spectacular image exposure with the built-in flash.


I am looking at buying a digital SLR this year and I am trying to get user feedback on 3 particular models - the Pentax *ist (I've been using Pentax 35mm SLRs for almost 20 years) and the Canon 10D and digital Rebel. The digital Rebel is the most affordable digi-SLR, but I don't want to pick it just because it's cheaper.

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To be quite honest, I've not used the built-in flash much, nor do I really intend to. Before I started taking photos of minis, probably 99% or more of the photos I've taken have been outdoor scenics. Even with minis I don't use the built in flash.


I really should at least try it out with indoors, though.

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