Small digital cameras, that are light to carry and/or fit in pantpockets, and can do macro shots?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Ant, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. Ant

    Ant Guest

    Hello,

    I am curious. Are there any small digital cameras that are small (to fit
    in pant pockets) and light to carry, and can take macro shots (e.g.,
    take photographs of ants and other tiny objects)? I noticed in the past,
    cameras are big and heavy due to the big lens.

    Has this changed at all lately? Thank you in advance. :)
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    Rina, Jun 10, 2007
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    Ant Guest

    I have an used Canon PowerShot S110 (got it for free) and it doesn't
    seem to do macro shots. Maybe I am doing it wrong? :(

    Which ones are the best to look at so I can see samples. There are many
    models.


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    Ant, Jun 10, 2007
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    Jonathan, Jun 10, 2007
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    Ant Guest

    Hmm, none of seem to talk or show photographs of tiny objects like ants,
    insects, etc. Which one(s) did you see have them?
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    becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting and trying again--but always
    trying and always gaining. In each generation--with toil and tears--we
    have had to earn our heritage again." --Lyndon B. Johnson
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    Ant, Jun 11, 2007
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    Ant Guest

    Interesting. Do you have or anyone have any samples of tiny things
    (e.g., insects like ants)?


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    Ant, Jun 14, 2007
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    Jonathan Guest

    The link I posted shows how to use the Macro feature that you don't seem to
    understand. Have you been able to use Macro now that you have directions for
    the Canon PS S110?
     
    Jonathan, Jun 14, 2007
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  9. Ant

    Jonathan Guest

    Here is something that you might find helpful.

    http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=16020

    I Googled Macro pictures of ants and got many returns so you may want to do
    the same.

    HTH
     
    Jonathan, Jun 14, 2007
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    Ant Guest

    It looked like he used lens. I think I need to buy external lens for my
    camera?
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    Ant, Jun 15, 2007
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    Ant Guest

    Yes, but the tiny objects I have taken are tiny and blurry. A review
    said, "You can get as close as 3.9" at full wide-angle, and 10.6" at
    full telephoto in macro mode." I don't think that is enough. These ants
    are like two milimeters/mm long. I am trying to get macro photographs
    like these: http://www.myrmecos.net/ants/linepithema.html (these ants
    are tiny as you can see, but yet the photographs look nice).

    Maybe I am missing something?
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    Rina Guest

    Those photos aren't taken with a pocket camera.
     
    Rina, Jun 15, 2007
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    Ant Guest

    So, it's not possible with ANY pocket cameras even the newest models?


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    Hmm, none of seem to talk or show photographs of tiny objects like
    You can get within 1cm of your ants with a Canon A710IS, or you can focus on
    the ant even if it's on your lens with the S3IS.

    But to get really good macro shots, you do need an SLR and a macro lens. A
    decent macro lens will let you see tiny insects properly without having to
    be right on top of them. That's a big advantage.

    Androo
     
    Androo, Jun 18, 2007
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    Ant Guest

    How well will those results be? Will I be getting like the photographs I
    linked earlier? If not, any examples of tiny objects?

    Ah. Hmm, I guess none of the pocket size cameras have these features. I
    was hoping by today, those small cameras would come with SLR and
    internal macro lens. :(

    I wonder if there is a way to add macro lens to this old Canon PowerShot
    S110 (from early 2000)?
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    Ant, Jun 19, 2007
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    Jonathan Guest

    There is always a way to make something work. This is part of my trade. I
    could show you an easy way you attach a macro lens to your camera. You might
    consider selecting a set of +1+2+4 lenses.
    http://www.google.com/products?q=sony++1+2+4+lens+set&hl=en&um=1&sa=X&oi=froogle&ct=title

    This link is just an example of the product so the actual set might be
    different. There are smaller sets that would be more on the line that you
    need. You can make an adapter to attach to the camera lens and hold the
    added set and achieve the desired results. There are some adapters on the
    market that might already work or can be modified. If you are creative
    enough you should have no problem. I could offer assistance when needed if
    you decide to undertake this venture.
     
    Jonathan, Jun 19, 2007
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  17. Ant

    Ant Guest

    Hmm, none of seem to talk or show photographs of tiny objects like
    Interesting. Is that similiar to adding a magnifying glass in front of
    the camera's regular len?

    Sure share a few and let me see how complex it is is and to get some
    ideas.
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    Ant, Jun 20, 2007
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    Jonathan Guest

    It could be except that lenses are usually better quality. The more you are
    willing to spend the better the quality. You really need an aspherical
    ground peice of glass for a uniform image. This will help prevent distortion
    on the outer edges of the lense.
    You need to measure the outside diameter of the lens housing of the camera.
    This is where your adapter will attach. You must consider this may retract
    when the camera is turned off and must be easily removed. Plastic is the
    best solution. A tube can be found that will not fit to snugly. If you are
    lucky you can get a fit that will eject repeatedly when you power down. If
    your lens housing does not retract completely you are even better off. I
    will look at you camera when I search. Next will be the mounting of the
    macro lens. You might be able to locate a plastic tube that already has a
    cover that can you can make an opening in to accommodate the fitting of your
    macro lens. This may take some time if you care to look around. I have seen
    many such items in the food mart that contain such products as water
    additives. I have a few on my desk now that are close to what you would be
    using.

    http://home.comcast.net/~proto-tracker/tubes.jpg

    These are to big but might give you an idea of what you might look for. You
    next need to determine the length of the tube you will be cutting by
    experimenting to find the desired focal point. This may be an inch or more
    and may not be that critical if your camera can focus to properly for a
    mismatch. I will also be trying this to use on a Nikon Point and Shoot
    pocket camera I have that is similar so we can work together if you like.

    If you have a measuring tool like a vernier or caliper this would help but
    not necessary. We can go over other ways of measuring if you decide you are
    up to this project with what I have offered so far.

    J.
     
    Jonathan, Jun 20, 2007
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    Ant Guest

    And this requires dismantling the camera, right? Hmm, I am trying to
    avoid that since the camera still works. I'd do that if it was broken. :)

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    Bob Guest

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    S100 S110 & S200 Digital Cameras.
    This is a precision-machined adapter made for the Canon S100 digital
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    This conversion lens adapter is designed for Canon Powershot S100,
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    Filter Size 28 mm
    Item ICALAS100 Price $47.95

    http://www.adorama.com/ICALAS100.html
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    http://www.mcgill.com.sg/shop/product_info.php?products_id=108
     
    Bob, Jun 20, 2007
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