Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Low-cost photoMacrography Gadgets

note: this post is  about photoMacrography Gadgets - not photoMicrography.

As a rule-of-thumb, photomacrography  (or close-up photography) means placing the front of the camera lens close to the object to produce image size on the CCD (or film) up to almost 1x magnification and up to 10x with special attachment for lens reversal technique.

Please take note... it is the image magnification on the sensor in the camera (such as CCD, CMOS, film...etc) NOT the measurement of the images displayed on the camera LCD panel, computer screen or the final print.

While photoMicrography means placing the object unusually close to the camera lens to produce images greater than 10x magnification on the sensor. More often associated with Microscope. (Please take note the similarity in bold letters)

The gadgets for digital macroPhotography nowadays are not tremendous anymore. There is no need to go overboard with multiple camera bodies, a bag full of lenses and a suitcase full of related gadgets like those days. The main thing I look for in macroPhotography equipment is the lens with close-focusing ability.

I have been using a decent compact camera with macro 'switch' (Lumix LX3)...

... an entry level dSLR (Olympus E-620) with a legacy Zuiko 50mm f1.2 + extension tubes...

and  a ZD 35mm f3.5 macro lens, a low-cost China made LED circular flash, a focusing rail and a rigid mini tripod...

Read also Macro Magics or Click HERE for some samples taken with these gadgets.