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Cameras don't take photos......

audreybull 15 7
12 Jul 2002 7:24PM
Could you please help. I know cameras dont take photos......but I think the one used taking the dried seed head in Michael Jenkin's July article might have had something to do with it.I specialise in plants and I am thinking of "going digital" would it be possible to tell me the name of the camera he used as I was most impressed.By the way I think the magazine is excellent..I don't have time to read it all...but I save them. Thanks Audrey Bull.

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Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
12 Jul 2002 8:38PM
Hi Audrey. I asked the writer for a reply which goes as follows:
"The seed head was taken with a FujiFilm FinePix 4700 zoom on a tripod. Exposure was 1/8 sec. f/2.8 with macro set. The FinePix does not allow much adjustment, although I am slowly finding ways around this. In order to achieve a smooth exposure, rather than use the shutter button, I set the self-timer. The photo was taken in natural light from my french windows against a black velvet background. Finally, I made some adjustments in my image editor. "
Michael56J 16 16
13 Jul 2002 11:08PM
Hi, Audrey.

I hope the information relayed by Peter above was helpful.

As I said in my reply to Peter, the FujiFilm FinePix 4700 zoom does not allow much control of the shutter and aperture. It's more a point-and-shoot camera. We bought it last year just as digital cameras were starting to become useful. Since then they have obviously improved dramatically.

However, as I'm trying to show in the "Cameras Don't Take Pictures" series, the camera has enough adjustability for pictures like the seed head. It has a zoom lens equivalent to 36-108mm on a 35mm camera, with macro setting. There are 7 white balance settings and ISO adjustment equivalent 200/400/800 with an optional exposure compensation from -1.5 to +1.5 stops in 0.3 increments. It also has an adjustable built-in flash. The output is officially 4.3 megapixels (2400x1800) and I have found this produces reasonable A4 and better 10x8 prints. There is more, but this is begining to sound like an advert!

What pleases me most is that I haven't long started to play around with macros. This seed head comes from my wife's dried flower display and I wasn't sure what it had been originally. So it was a pleasure to have a specialist's opinion.

I hope this information helps you. As far as "going digital" is concerned, I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality, but I also haven't abandoned film completely. Both digital and film have their own advantages.

audreybull 15 7
8 Aug 2002 7:50PM
Hi Michael
Thanks for all the extra info. Have just found it.
I have definitely got the bug for digital now and it's thanks to your photo of the seed head! I am on the trail and will be investigating all the avenues but I think so far I fancy a Fuji Finepix. Will be watching your future articles. Setting the self-timer is a brilliant idea - I have never thought of doing that! audreybull

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