Most of us look at photographs on sites like Flickr, India Nature Watch and the like and aspire to take similar photographs. What we miss in most situations is the passion needed for the endeavor as well as the patience for it. While the camera equipment plays an important role in determining the quality of the photograph, in most situations, it is the idiot behind the equipment which makes a photograph have that ‘wow’ effect, as compared to the ‘huh’ or the ‘yuck’ effect.
Recently, I purchased a Canon DSLR with two kit lenses. The deal included a bag to carry the items. While it is possible to carry all three items in the bag, it is difficult to fit the items if one of the lenses is attached to the camera. In fact, it is not possible to mount the 55-250mm lens on the camera and put the camera in the bag (unless we remove the 18-55mm lens form the bag).
The only way to do so is to place the camera lens facing down (resting on the lens) or the back-face facing down (lens facing up).
Would it not have been simpler for the company to provide a more roomy bag for storing the camera?
I know that every small increase adds to the cost, but when someone is spending a sufficiently large amount for the camera, it is not worth to add to the customer’s delight by providing a more roomy bag? Literally, a couple of inches more room would have done the trick.
But how much of it is retained in my brain is a question.
My most common tactic these days in the library is to return a book and scan the returned books section. I go through the summary of the book and get it issued.
Earlier, I most commonly aimed to complete all the books written by the same author. While I do follow that tried and tested technique, a ‘random’ scan also finds gems.
With more incidents like the one mentioned in ‘Another Drone Crashes Near White House’ (http://news.slashdot.org/story/15/10/11/1215228/another-drone-crashes-near-white-house) I find it difficult to believe that governments and local bodies will allow people or businesses to have a free hand in flying drones.
For example, children flying drones near an airfield can pose a real danger to aircraft. While the children are having fun with no intention to cause harm, their simple act of flying (akin to flying a kite) may hurt many other people.
If authorities allow drones only for businesses, how will they monitor and identify drones in the sky and verify if it is from an ‘authorized’ business?
After my recent purchase of a DSLR, I have been attempting to put it through its paces on one of my interests – macro photography.
I was disappointed to know that DSLRs do not take macro photos unless a dedicated lens is used. As add-on diopters (like a magnifying glass), extension tubes and lens reversal are common techniques, I decided to look at the easier option of buying add-on diopter lenses – something that fits my budget. A pair of expensive diopters, though resulting in high quality, are at 50% the cost of a dedicated macro lens in most cases.
But, given that the diopters are not very expensive and I am not using a tripod and most importantly, I am not an expert, most of the shots are coming out to be below par.
The most common thing that I do nowadays is to take a lot of photos, copy them to the desktop, go through them for quality and realize that all of them are crap, leading to the end of their short life in the digital world.
This, oft repeated behaviour makes me feel that people like me, should use at max a bridge camera like a Panasonic FZ1000 instead of buying a DSLR.
While I feel happy that I did not invest in a Nikon P610 due to its small sensor size (1/2.3in), I feel doubtful about my purchase of the DSLR.
Even after realizing that ‘macro’ photography is difficult with kit lenses that accompany the DSLR, I know that I am being stubborn, when I keep on taking photographs of flowers, with the hope that one of these days, I will strike Gold (though I know it is going to be fool’s Gold).
For these photos, I am using single-element close-up filters or am ‘reverse holding’ the lens. You may be wondering what ‘reverse holding’ means. In the normal scheme of things, people will advise you to purchase a reversing ring and then reverse-mounting the lens. In my case, I am yet to purchase the reversing ring. So, I hold the lens in my hand, which is a bit dangerous, in case I drop it. But, I am a bit hesitant in using a reversing ring, a feel the front of the kit lens looks (to me) a bit fragile.
Now I know why DSLR camera reviews do not have any ‘macro’ images in the image sample gallery.
The reason is because ‘macro’ on a DSLR needs a special lens and the ‘macro’ button only adjusts a few camera properties like aperture, shutter speed and flash. It does not physically move the lens elements.
More importantly, what you can achieve with a kit lens on a DSLR is a ‘closeup’. For ‘macro’ a dedicated lens is needed.
The most important point is this – while the camera body is important, the lens attached to the body matters more.
Obviously, if the person behind the camera matters the most. In my case, I seem to be lacking on the last front. Hoping that time will improve things.
With the switch to a DSLR, one immediate effect is due to the weight. A DSLR seriously weighs quite a lot more than a bridge camera. More so when you add a telephoto lens – even when it is the standard kit lens. You need to invoke Hercules to carry around the equipment.
Near my office is a dead tree. For a couple of days, I have been observing a Coppersmith Barbet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppersmith_barbet) making a nest in the tree. As the tree is a bit far away from the building, it was not possible to photograph the bird making the nest.
A few days ago, I had the opportunity to take a zoom camera to office for some video recording. With high expectations, I climbed to the cafeteria with the camera, but the bird was ‘missing in action’.
The next day, when I did not have the camera with me, I spotted the bird. Hence, the very next day, I brought the camera to office once again. Lo and behold!!! No bird once again!!!
This is simply not fair!!!
On doing a survey of the latest and greatest bridge cameras, I came to know that the size of the sensor on these cameras (1/2.3 inch – 6.17mm x 4.55mm) is the same (almost) to that of my existing digital camera. It also seems that the size of the sensor in these cameras is the same as those used in standard smartphones!!!
In comparison, the size of the sensor in a DSLR (APS-C) is 22.20mm x 14.80mm in case of Canon and 23.60mm x 15.60mm in case of Nikon, Sony and Pentax. This means that the size of the sensor in a DSLR is almost 11 times (in terms of surface area) as compared to the sensor used in these bridge cameras.
So, by buying a new bridge camera, I would get a ton of features, but the quality of images would be similar. That is not an exact statement as my existing camera is 4 mega-pixels and the new bridge cameras are 16 to 24 mega-pixels.
While the passage of time has definitely improved the quality of manufacturing, the size of the sensor is a critical factor in image quality, as I understand now.
- Best Superzoom 2014: Eight competitors, 2.5 clear winners – www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/best-superzoom-2014/best-superzoom-2014-A.HTM