Carnivorous Plant - 2x Sony, Canon, Panasonic

in #photography2 years ago (edited)

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Camera: Sony a6400
Shutter Speed: 1/6 sec
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 50 mm

This is Pinguicula, commonly known as butterworts. Yökönlehti in Finnish. It is a meat eating plant that is also excellent in catching cat hair. As everything in my home is. There are roughly 80 currently known species of Pinguicula. Not sure of this ones exact name. But we can call it Butters.

Butters has two about 4 cm in diameter flowers. And it's sticky all over. After handling it, I think my fingers are melting.

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Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 55 mm + super wide angle with macro lens

I took photos of this beauty with my four different digital cameras. Those that I've introduced you ages ago. I know perfectly well that #comparing my first camera to my latest and everything in between is useless because they really do not compete in the same league as they don't have equal lenses or same pixel amounts, but I wanted to do this anyway. I wanted to challenge myself and find out what I could do with each one of these.

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/33 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 200, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm

To make things a little bit fairer to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P32 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7, I did not touch the raw files or edit in any way the jpeg files of Sony A6400 or Canon 550D. These flower photos are unedited jpeg files from each camera.

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 500, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm

Let's start with the oldest. It has a staggering amount of pixels. 3.2MP! But in it's defense, it is pretty old. And although it is a pocket camera, you can adjust over/under exposure, which at that time was very hard to find from digital cameras available in stores.

This is what I got.

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Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P32
Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: -2 EV
Focal Length: 5 mm

Hmph. I should have wiped the dust away from the mirror.

About 15 cm is the closest you can get with this camera.

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Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P32
Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: -2 EV
Focal Length: 5 mm

Next! Also old and you can not change it's lens. But it has an optical zoom and in my opinion it's pretty awesome. Still. Years later. I actually love all my cameras. Crappy or old. I love them.

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/25 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 400, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm

Here's how that shot looks like.

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Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO Sensitivity: 80
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 6 mm

I love the 80 ISO. I'm sure it's no good nowadays but back when this was brand new, it was great. Such a shame that the only battery I have, after charging it the whole day, lasted about 20 minutes. So some day soon this camera is useless as I don't have a power source for the camera. Only a separate battery charger.

Here's the same set little further away.

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Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
Aperture: f/3.3
ISO Sensitivity: 80
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 28 mm

Moving on to the fun part! My Canon and it's lenses that are perfect for macro photography.

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/25 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 500, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm

Here's how close I can get with these lenses.

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/25 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 400, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm

Fortunately I have a remote controller for it because it's impossible to take sharp macro shots if you need to touch the camera when triggering the shutter. And also at that time I thought that I didn't have a correct USB cable for it to control it from my computer. But as it turns out I do have that cable, so in the future, I'll be setting a permanent small studio for my Canon so that I can take lots and lots of macro photos easily whenever I feel like it.

But hey, here's how the closest shot looks like.

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Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 55 mm + super wide angle with macro lens

But is that too ordinary? How 'bout a change of mood? Different lighting.

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Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 55 mm + super wide angle with macro lens

And finally my new Sony. Its 16-50 mm lens isn't the best choice for macro photography, but that's not what I was aiming for when thinking about the best lens for it. So as I don't have anything else than a magnifying glass to put in front of the current lens, thats is what I have to work with.

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/32 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 200, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm

Yes. I did write a magnifying glass. Here's how that shot looks like.

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Camera: Sony A6400
Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 50 mm + a magnifying glass

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/33 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 160, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm
#imagingedgemobile

I did take few photos using Imaging Edge Mobile, a Sony remote controller app for mobile devices, but it's pretty frustrating to use it because you can't focus with it. You have to focus from the camera. Also it doesn't take the photo every time and sometimes it just doesn't even inform that it can't do what you want it to do.

I had trouble with connecting it too. I had connected the app with my camera several times before and the first time it informed me that I don't need to scan the qr-code ever again. Well, guess how many times it was the only option to try to connect again when it just didn't want to connect like it was supposed to? Actually do not guess. I don't know the answer. I lost count.

It didn't want to connect but it was connected. It didn't want to start operating but was operating. And when I connected again it said it had disconnected as asked. Well FU, I sure as hell am not going to do that all again, try to connect with or without the qr-code, close and start the app few times and restart the tablet doing somersaults. I got a great tip of a different program for connecting the camera by USB cable with my computer.

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/33 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 320, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm

I see you're admiring my awesome #DIY mini studiolight. It's a single led in a former cat food can, it has a removable tripod and an option to get power from a 12V battery with a specially made wire for that or from a socket with a separate transformer. It has tiny flaps so that you can control the amount of light. It's pure white led so combined with warmer white lights like the Christmas lights you've probably already noticed, depending on which white balance you or your camera chooses, you get different colored objects.

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Camera: Sony A6400
Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 50 mm

Bright light on the background. I bet I could had made this photo a bit more interesting in post-processing, but as I said, I won't do that now.

Here's one for you that's a bit on the dark side.

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Camera: Sony A6400
Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec
Aperture: f/16
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 50 mm

And one blunt photo when it comes to shadow and light. If you didn't notice the flies before, then here they are.

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Camera: Sony A6400
Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 50 mm

Butters is a fly liker. It likes them to death. That should be a good lesson for you. Liking kills you.

Let's get back to that USB connection and controlling the camera from the computer.

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 400, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm

As I said, I gave up trying to work with the Imaging Edge Mobile as it was pretty dumb and installed a program called Capture One 20 to my computer and after few hiccups, got it working. Loving it.

What hiccups you may ask. Well, just so you know, if the program that is supposed to work with your Sony as it is especially for your Sony and all the drivers and shit are what they should be, but the program still does not instantly recognize your camera when you switch it on and there just isn't anywhere in your camera menu where you could choose the option: control by USB, it might be a good thing to first switch off the ability to control your camera with a mobile device. After that you get the option to choose if you want to control your camera with USB. Of course these things are not in the same menu tab. The ability to control the camera is in the web tab. You know, the earth with a grid. And everything related to USB is in the the settings tab of the menu. The thing that to me always looks like a suitcase.

I've heard that some people do not like the Sony menu. I have nothing bad to say about it. Except this. I do understand the logic why one is in the web tab and the other is in the settings, but there should be something more to help people find stuff. (No-one reads manuals so do not say: did you mean a manual?) Like some text saying: "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that. The ability to control the device with mobile device is still on and it's blocking the thing you are searching for." Or "Are you trying to connect the camera with USB cable or are you trying to hang yourself to the cable? May I help you in some way?"

Ngnh.

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/17 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 800, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm

I know what you are thinking. Wow! Insane surely is quite a web browsed addict. My answer to you is: No I am not! I do not have a problem with too many browsers! I only have eight and I have everything under control! I need all of them, for instance one I use to wipe my ass with. That's called Pale Moon. And SeaMonkey browser is for monkeying around!

Aaaaaanyway, here's how this shot looks like from the eye of the camera.

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Camera: Sony A6400
Shutter Speed: 1/3 sec
Aperture: f/8
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 50 mm

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Camera: Huawei P9, Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec, Aperture: f/2.2, ISO Sensitivity: 640, Exposure Compensation: 0 EV, Focal Length: 4 mm

I have to say, this photo below, along with the two first photos in this post, are my absolute favourites.

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Camera: Sony A6400
Shutter Speed: 1/2 sec
Aperture: f/10
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 50 mm

Before I show you the last photo taken with Sony, similar with the first one in this post, let's look at some of the photos taken with different cameras. Photos that are similar enough to compare and to determine how close you can go? Without the magnifying glass in front of the new Sony and without a stand when shooting with my old Sony.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P32Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
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Canon EOS 550DSony A6400
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That's all folks! A useless comparison between very different cameras. I just wanted to photograph flowers with my new Sony A6400.

Remember when shooting delicate plants and with slower shutter speeds. Do not move, do not even breathe.

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Camera: Sony A6400
Shutter Speed: 1/6 sec
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO Sensitivity: 100
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Focal Length: 50 mm
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I absolutely adore the setup that you have there. That's the type of way I'd approach it too.

That old camera is beautiful! I have one very similar - it's generic in nature with 2mp. I also have one even older that writes its images to a floppy disk (!!). My USB/floppy reader gave up the ghost, but I've got a new one arriving tomorrow. When it arrives I'm going to resume #crappycameraphotos - the art of taking good pictures with old "crappy" cameras.

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awesome post.
lighting is the key to macro photography, great you understand this. I probably this is my fave shot:
enjoyed watching your vintage lighting system!

it's impossible to take sharp macro shots if you need to touch the camera when triggering the shutter

whaaat?.. all of my pics are made without tripod and hand triggering. there are a lot of sharp ones out there.

... and for now, cya!

Thanks. :)

whaaat?.. all of my pics are made without tripod and hand triggering. there are a lot of sharp ones out there.

So you don't take any long exposure photos? Like this photo, 1/40 starts to be too long when I can't keep the camera still enough in macro shots so that it's sharp.

i do. sometimes even 1/10. dont getting sharp results. thats why i take double and triple takes. i have a tripod, but i dont like operating it ..

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