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Dundee Stu

The narrowness!

7 March 2005

Back to the grind, I am. Or at least I will be after lunch. I will do a complete 10-hour shift from 1pm (although I will stop for supper), and get one of the monkeys off my back - all so I can concentrate on the other dozen or so! I am having fun with my new piece of essential business equipment. Learning how to use it and comparing it with my Fuji. All of you who possess the S7000Z will know that it has a superb macro and supermacro function. With the supermacro set, you can focus at distances as small as 10mm, and no matter what aperture setting you use at that distance, you will always get superb depth. I know that, with the correct lens (which would cost in excess of 200), the D70 will be able to get macros that blow the Fuji away. However, I don't have that lens, and I wanted to take some pictures of the bouquet of flowers that Liam gave Linda for Mother's Day (which was yesterday in the UK). This meant getting up close and personal. Obviously the kit lens would be no good for extreme close-ups, so instead I used a Tokina 28mm f/2.8 that Gavin loaned me. This lens can focus up to 9 inches from the subject - so not really a fair match for the Fuji's supermacro. While the D70 and Tokina combo couldn't get as close as the Fuji, they certainly won on the image quality stakes. Anyway, enough camera geek talk for now. Here's a picture of some pencils taken from 23cm at f/2.8. Whoarr! Look at the narrow depth of field on that!

(1) D70/Tokina 28mm f/2.8 versus (2) S7000Z

Nikon D70 ,Tokina 28mm f/2.8 SL MF
1/100s f/2.8 at 28.0mm iso200 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Jim Ross13-Jun-2006 20:11
I agree the s7000z is a great little camera, superb for macro work... My next lens purchase i hope will be a good macro lens... Nice pic...
Guest 22-Mar-2005 18:02
EXCELLENT USE OF DOF (do you hear me ?!?)
Josy's Pics14-Mar-2005 03:18
Great DOF... well done!
Guest 11-Mar-2005 01:38
The focus on this shot is fantastic!
Guest 10-Mar-2005 00:14
haha much fun to be had :) p.s. I wasn't driving :)
Guest 08-Mar-2005 19:46
Excellent DOF! Well dopne.
Guest 08-Mar-2005 12:58
You've got to love that DOF!
Karen Stuebing08-Mar-2005 11:02
Nice dof. The combination seems to work great.
Zak08-Mar-2005 10:51
the sharpenedness!
northstar3708-Mar-2005 10:41
I see the point.
Guest 08-Mar-2005 08:44
there's an interesting macro lens comparison in "practical photography" this month. like the shallow dof pencil shot - even though i hate sharpening pencils! the flower shots are pretty.
Johan Toll08-Mar-2005 06:52
Great shot, I like the focus.
Karen Leaf08-Mar-2005 03:46
Nailed that focus. I'm loving your fun, Stu!
Gayle P. Clement08-Mar-2005 02:22
Fun, Stu. I like this.
Susanne07-Mar-2005 23:02
This almost looks like a motion blurr. Very nice DoF on this one. I love it.
Leo Charette07-Mar-2005 21:53
I really like this Stu.... I am experiencing problems with PBase PM... I will try to drop you a note when Pbase behaves better.
jypsee07-Mar-2005 20:42
But, the thing about digicams compared to a dslr and lens is that with the digicam you get WAY too much DOF and isolating the subject is problematic. But, you knew that already, huh?
Guest 07-Mar-2005 19:13
this is perfect !
John Finlayson07-Mar-2005 17:50
Playing with the new kit is all part of the fun, a big part !
Guest 07-Mar-2005 17:49
Indeed!! That DOF's so thin you might just cut yourself!
Ian Clowes07-Mar-2005 16:51
mmm guess you're excited about your new toy (sorry business-critical-purchase!) :) enjoy.
Coleen Perilloux Landry07-Mar-2005 15:19
I won't even try to understand your geek talk, but I can see the results.
Adalberto Tiburzi07-Mar-2005 14:43
Perfecly nailed, the pencil in the middle. Enjoy!
petesie07-Mar-2005 13:52
Your "geek" talk is over my head, but I can appreciate the photo, and the fact that you are have SO MUCH FUN!
Herb 07-Mar-2005 13:50
Have fun with your new camera, great DOF.
nomadicdragon07-Mar-2005 13:22
very cool.
Gilles Navet07-Mar-2005 13:08
Nice technical shot here stu
Gail Davison07-Mar-2005 13:06
Cool shot.