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Zygoptera Macro

I went shooting with Denosha and Veloran using the Panasonic FZ28 at the Singapore Botanical Gardens on Saturday. Also brought along my Canon 5D and 100mm macro, but didn't use it in the end - perhaps being too lazy to do serious heavy duty shooting. Our favourite haunt for macros is a little man made pond (damselflies and dragon flies are relatively easy targets). On a previous trip, I had snagged a damselfly with the 5D, so I wanted to see how the FZ28 would hold up in this kind of situation.

One advantage was the liveview on the LCD, as quite often the insects are perched on a hard to reach leaf in the pond. With a DLR you need to use the viewfinder - not always possible because that would mean standing in the pond (ok, I admit maybe my 5D is a bit old and liveview is now slowly appearing in the DSLR world). Another point to note is the ability to use the "joystick" to select the AF point was very useful. My old FZ20 didn't have such a feature and it makes it far easier to compose the scene.

Having a cropped sensor, I didn't need to worry about DOF - f/3.6 seems adequate, and allowed me to stick to ISO100 (noise therefore wasn't a big issue). However, comparing against the previous shot with the 5D, it's clear that a 18x do-it-all superzoom with macro isn't really resolving as much detail as a dedicated macro lens. The general shape of the damselfly is there, even the hairs on the leg and the eyes, but things like the texture of the body are smoothed over - and it's not due to excessive noise reduction. When viewed at 100% size, the compound eyes are not visible - Denosha in comparison managed to capture them with his DSLR. Overall, most photographers I suspect would be happy enough with the FZ28's performance.

The image above was generated from essentially the full resolution of the FZ28 - cropped at the top and bottom to fit into a 3:2 format. To fill the frame, the front of my FZ28's lens was literally only about 3cm away from the damselfly (lens hood removed of course!). To provide a level playing field to the 5D, it was shot in RAW format and developed in a similar fashion (i.e. my same eyes, judgment, software and level of skill) to the earlier shot.


Zygoptera Macro

I went shooting with Denosha and Veloran using the Panasonic FZ28 at the Singapore Botanical Gardens on Saturday. Also brought along my Canon 5D and 100mm macro, but didn't use it in the end - perhaps being too lazy to do serious heavy duty shooting. Our favourite haunt for macros is a little man made pond (damselflies and dragon flies are relatively easy targets). On a previous trip, I had snagged a damselfly with the 5D, so I wanted to see how the FZ28 would hold up in this kind of situation.

One advantage was the liveview on the LCD, as quite often the insects are perched on a hard to reach leaf in the pond. With a DLR you need to use the viewfinder - not always possible because that would mean standing in the pond (ok, I admit maybe my 5D is a bit old and liveview is now slowly appearing in the DSLR world). Another point to note is the ability to use the "joystick" to select the AF point was very useful. My old FZ20 didn't have such a feature and it makes it far easier to compose the scene.

Having a cropped sensor, I didn't need to worry about DOF - f/3.6 seems adequate, and allowed me to stick to ISO100 (noise therefore wasn't a big issue). However, comparing against the previous shot with the 5D, it's clear that a 18x do-it-all superzoom with macro isn't really resolving as much detail as a dedicated macro lens. The general shape of the damselfly is there, even the hairs on the leg and the eyes, but things like the texture of the body are smoothed over - and it's not due to excessive noise reduction. When viewed at 100% size, the compound eyes are not visible - Denosha in comparison managed to capture them with his DSLR. Overall, most photographers I suspect would be happy enough with the FZ28's performance.

The image above was generated from essentially the full resolution of the FZ28 - cropped at the top and bottom to fit into a 3:2 format. To fill the frame, the front of my FZ28's lens was literally only about 3cm away from the damselfly (lens hood removed of course!). To provide a level playing field to the 5D, it was shot in RAW format and developed in a similar fashion (i.e. my same eyes, judgment, software and level of skill) to the earlier shot.


comments (21)

Bello.
well thats a quality shot if ever i saw one fellasmile
You got the DOF perfectly. Great description of how the shot was taken. There's a lot to be gleaned form this info.

Beautiful background too. Who needs a big DSLR eh??

Cheers
Rob
grin great shoot..so usefull info about you take it..thanks for share!
Excellent contrasting colours
What a mysterious creature
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Mar 2009, 10:14
Great capture such wonderful colours
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Mar 2009, 19:39
The smoothed backside is due to two things - this damsel is slightly angled away from you. The F3.2 is a narrow focus band. Because of the angle the body is just starting to exit the focus band, appearing to be smooth. You are right I believe - most photographers would be more than happy with this result.

I have tried to take pictures of damsels over here - they will never allow me to get as close as 3cm, maybe 3feet. smile
This is a great shot!! Beautiful...
You are an artist. You have a great job in the animal world.
I also use that Tamron 28-75mm. 2.8. For me now is my favorite lens for portraits with the Nikon D-300. Greetings.


Eres todo un artista. Tienes un gran trabajo en el mundo animal.
Veo que usas tambien Tamro 28-75mm. 2,8. Para mí actualmente es mi lente favorita para los retratos con la D-300 de Nikon. Saludos.
  • gardiva
  • France
  • 28 Mar 2009, 13:23
excellent image !
good tone,sharp and love the colour.
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 28 Mar 2009, 13:27
Beautiful shot. Colors are amazing.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 30 Mar 2009, 05:32
Nice work with the colors and the diagonals!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Mar 2009, 12:29
Stunning detail and very good control of the depth of field.
Holy flippin' heck. That is a super shot. Great use of focus and DoF as well as that wonderful colour.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 26 Apr 2009, 16:18
Keep that thing away from me - it's so sharp it must be dangerous!

I've just read some of your views on your Panasonic and from some of these results, I'm beginning to warm to it, although I have my eye on the Canon Powershot SX1 or 10 IS as a holiday camera for the 20x zoom. I'll keep reading the reviews before committing to eiher model.

Stunning work here in your archive, Duane.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 4 May 2009, 08:19
Fantastic image
Very nice colors! You got a fine result, especially with your camera.
wow.... amazing. best wishes. sebastian
beautiful capture...it looks so perfect....
It's the detail in the wings that made me go "OMG! Wow". Had not even heard of Damselfly until I saw this image and now i feel I know loads about it. Thanks for the education Duane.

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camera Panasonic DMC-FZ28
exposure mode shutter priority
shutterspeed 1/125s
aperture f/3.6
sensitivity ISO100
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