Which Type of Camera for Super Macro (Part 2)

Following on from my previous post, my intention was to make a small post with the pictures and the correct camera.  However it seems the post reached further than expected and has been receiving some healthy feedback.

To clarify, this was never meant to be an absolute, definitive review on the best super macro technique, as everyone has their own favourite.  It is meant as a comparison for shooting more than lifesize with various systems for someone who is choosing a new camera rig.

There is full frame, crop frame, mirroless and compact, the cameras could be any brand, but I happen to have those listed.  The Nikon D800 is a formidable camera for macro due to its huge pixel count, but not one that I own.
For my terminology, I am using the term super macro to describe a shot where the whole of the picture represents greater than lifesize in 35mm format terms, ie the width of the picture area was 35mm or less.   The Canon S110 just about scrapes through with 1 subsee +10.

 

Which type of camera for Super Macro?

Many people arrive in Lembeh with many different pieces of equipment to capture images of the tiny denizens of the muck.  But which is the most appropriate for you?  Obviously, I can’t answer that but i can show you some examples of what you can do with some different setups on the same subject.

Today we went looking for Hairy Shrimp and Gayus and Paulus found a nice one about 3 or 4mm long holding a few eggs. Luckily we had brought 4 cameras:

Canon 5Dmk3 with 100mm lens
Canon 7D with 100mm lens
Olympus OM-D with 60mm lens
Canon S110

These 4 cameras are housed in Nauticam housings and make up our rental line up / staff cameras, and all used a subsee +10 diopter.

I set up on the Hairy Shrimp and then tried my best to replicate the shots as closely as possible by switching through the cameras without leaving the subject.  I started with the 5Dmk3 and im not happy with the picture, but the guide had gone off on an adventure with that camera and I didnt chase after them to get it back!

Photo tips: Bracketing

I touched on bracketing in the previous photo tips post.  Bracketing was used (back in film camera times) to make sure that one of your shots from a sequence was correctly exposed;  you take a sequence of shots at varied settings and hope that one was correct. As an example – if you set your…