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What sort of camera do you use?


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#1 Offline Pumpkin_Loves_Ants - Posted July 21 2019 - 1:01 PM

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I was wondering what camera or macro lens you use to photograph ants or take high quality photos. My phone is not very high quality and the pictures it can take are very blurry and terrible for the sort of things I want to photograph (ants, nature scenery, etc.) So I was wondering what type of camera you use or what kinda of macro lens. And if you could direct me towards some affordable good quality lenses or cameras that would be amazing! Thanks!



#2 Offline AntPhycho - Posted July 21 2019 - 1:11 PM

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The one I use.


Founding:              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 5 Queen Colony                   Brachymyrmex sp.

Liometopum occidentale x1                                                     Pheidole cerebrosior x3

Forelius sp. 3 Queen Colony                                                   Solenopsis xyloni 3 Queen Colony x1

Forelius sp.                                                                              

Pogonomyrmex californicus x5                                                 

Solenopsis xyloni x infinity                                                        

 

 

 


#3 Offline Pumpkin_Loves_Ants - Posted July 21 2019 - 1:59 PM

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Thanks! Could I perhaps see some pictures you have taken with it? Thank you so much!



#4 Offline AntPhycho - Posted July 21 2019 - 2:05 PM

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Keep in mind these ants were moving non stop when exposed to light so some were a little blurry. It does a great job with even my smallest ants (forelius) 


Founding:              

Solenopsis invicta Experimental 5 Queen Colony                   Brachymyrmex sp.

Liometopum occidentale x1                                                     Pheidole cerebrosior x3

Forelius sp. 3 Queen Colony                                                   Solenopsis xyloni 3 Queen Colony x1

Forelius sp.                                                                              

Pogonomyrmex californicus x5                                                 

Solenopsis xyloni x infinity                                                        

 

 

 


#5 Offline Macleod - Posted July 25 2019 - 6:59 AM

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Personally I prefer to use phone camera since I can't always carry a camera with me. I prefer iPhone X and Huawei P20 for the best quality.



#6 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted July 25 2019 - 7:11 AM

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I use a Nikon D3300. I got a couple years ago for all around use, and still haven't really learned how to use it. I'm sure the pics I take with it could be much better as it is a good camera, but I really suck at photography.


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#7 Offline VoidElecent - Posted July 25 2019 - 8:02 AM

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I use a Nikon D3300. I got a couple years ago for all around use, and still haven't really learned how to use it. I'm sure the pics I take with it could be much better as it is a good camera, but I really suck at photography.

 

I also use a D3300. There are some pictures on my website: www.Antsylvania.com.


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#8 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted July 25 2019 - 8:05 AM

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I use a Nikon D3300. I got a couple years ago for all around use, and still haven't really learned how to use it. I'm sure the pics I take with it could be much better as it is a good camera, but I really suck at photography.

 

I also use a D3300. There are some pictures on my website: www.Antsylvania.com.

 

Wow really! Ouch! Now when I compare your pics to mine I feel even worse :lol:  :lol:


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#9 Offline Pumpkin_Loves_Ants - Posted July 25 2019 - 8:18 AM

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I use a Nikon D3300. I got a couple years ago for all around use, and still haven't really learned how to use it. I'm sure the pics I take with it could be much better as it is a good camera, but I really suck at photography.

 

I also use a D3300. There are some pictures on my website: www.Antsylvania.com.

 

Nice self-promo and can I say wow those pictures look amazing! Looks better than real life!



#10 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted July 25 2019 - 8:19 AM

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I use a Nikon D3300. I got a couple years ago for all around use, and still haven't really learned how to use it. I'm sure the pics I take with it could be much better as it is a good camera, but I really suck at photography.

 

I also use a D3300. There are some pictures on my website: www.Antsylvania.com.

 

Nice self-promo and can I say wow those pictures look amazing! Looks better than real life!

 

Exactly! The camera sees things clearer than my eyeballs!


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#11 Offline Ender Ants - Posted July 27 2019 - 9:12 AM

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I used to take pictures with my iPhone SE with a clip on macro lens. (All photos edited on Instagram)

 

 

Was able to achieve these photos:

 

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Now I use a Canon SL2 with extension tubes (all unedited except for the last picture):

 

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The clip on lens has a mini fish eye effect around the sides of the camera, but it is a still a very good option to taking pictures or recording ants (I had to up the exposure for my clip on lens to get the white background). You also need more light when using a camera with extension tubes compared to an iPhone clip on lens. Using extension tubes, there isn't as much of a fish eye effect, and the backgrounds are dark black, or white without needing any editing. One thing is certain though, making videos with an actual camera is much more crisp than using a clip on lens :D






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