Macro mode how do I use?

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Bible John, Jul 20, 2005.

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    Bible John Guest

    I have a Vivitar Vivicam 3625 2.1MP camera. Its great for outdoor still
    shots. However if I wanted to become a night photographer I would need
    a better camera. Well anyways my question is in regards to the macro
    mode of the camera. I am wishing to perhaps take shots of insects. I
    have seen some great insect pictures, and do not know if taking such
    shots is possible with my camera. I have set the camera to macro mode
    and pointed at the insect, but the shots came out poor. Perhaps I am
    missing a step?

    When I worked as a photographer at a parachurch ministry, I was assigned
    a very nice Olympus camera, which was essential for the job. My Vivitar
    never would have been able to take the shots I needed in the conditions,
    and outside angles that I had to work with. I know that this camera
    could have taken great insect shots without being in Macro Mode.
    Perhaps the insect shots I often see on the web are from those using
    cameras like this? Since this job was during the summer of 2004, and
    only 4 MP, perhaps the price of it has drasticly declined and I could
    find it on ebay for q low price. But only if it can be proven that my
    current Vivitar will not do the job.


    Thanks,


    John

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    Bible John, Jul 20, 2005
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    Bill Funk Guest

    That's a fixed focus camera, according to
    http://www.vivitar.com/Products/DigCams/2mpdsc.html#v3625
    and macro mode is supposed to be 12 - 30 inches.
    So, anywhere in that range will be, according to Vivitar, OK, but
    probably the closer to the middle of that range you can get, the
    better.
    Being fixed focus, it's not going to be very good unless light is
    good, and macro shots will be moreso; the more light, the better. But
    the camera is limited by that fixed focus. There's no step you're
    missing, the camera just isn't up to the task.
     
    Bill Funk, Jul 20, 2005
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    Bible John Guest

    Thank you!


    John



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    rwesurfn Guest

    the nikon line of point and shoot cameras have a very good reputation for
    macro ability.
    I have an old 995 that will focus at less than an inch I think. Its only 3.2
    megapixels but takes awesome pics provided you have an adequate light
    source. You will find that is one of point and shoots downfalls, they do not
    take good pics in low light
    HTH.
    Mike
     
    rwesurfn, Jul 20, 2005
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    Jeremy Guest

    Ricoh had 2 models with excellent macro modes, the RDC-5000 and the
    RDC-5300. They are readily available on eBay at around $50.00 (2.3 MP)
    Depending upon one's needs, they may be all that is required. They
    both focus to .5 INCH.
     
    Jeremy, Jul 20, 2005
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    peter Guest

    I think there are 2 issues here
    The set-up and lighting. This is under your control and can make or
    break the photo
    The focus range of the camera; if this is fixed at 12 inches upwards you
    won't cover very much of the image with the subject. You need to get in
    much closer. Have you tried fixing a close-up lens to the camera? You
    don't need to make a perfect fit, just square and reasonably centered. I
    have tried this with fair results for copying purposes. Ideally you need
    to get a fixed lens camera up to about 2 inches from say a bee to get
    any worthwhile results.Of course it might see you coming! A zoom with
    macro allows much more flexibility and the same image can be captured
    from further away
     
    peter, Jul 22, 2005
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    Jeremy Guest

    If you are looking for a digital camera with an excellent macro
    capability, may I recommend that you seek out a Ricoh RDC-5300 on eBay?
    I bought it new in 2000 for $699, and I bought a backup a few months
    ago, in mint condition, for about $60.00.

    It has a "Super Macro" setting that allows you to focus as close as half
    an INCH from the subject. Of course, at that distance, it may be
    difficult to keep the camera's shadow from blocking most of the light,
    but you are not required to get that close to the subject.

    Here is a review:

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/rdc5300.html
     
    Jeremy, Aug 25, 2005
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    grumpy Guest

    Check the new Canon S2 IS. It has a Super Macro mode that allows the subject to actually *TOUCH*
    the lens!
     
    grumpy, Aug 25, 2005
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    Jeremy Guest

    But not available for sale at $60 bucks . . .
     
    Jeremy, Aug 26, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Probably not a good idea. Not much improvement possible over that macro
    range, is there? Grin.
     
    Ron Hunter, Aug 26, 2005
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    grumpy Guest

    But it is a good boasting point. ;-)
     
    grumpy, Aug 26, 2005
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