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Richard WaltonTo Switch or Not
by on Jan 19, 2011 at 5:08:16 am

Like many others I'm trying to decide whether my next camera should be a DSLR. Richard & Robbie's podcast is very helpful and now I'd like some opinions on my specific situation. See present shooting
and production description at bottom.

I shoot mostly close-up insect and spider video. Here is an example:

Many of my subjects are small - 5 mm to 20mm

I always shoot off a fairly heavy tripod

Light is usually not a problem as I often shoot in full sun.

Things I have pondered - 1) depth of field seems to be a factor with DSLR
2) loss of magnification (I believe there is a 7x jump when I put the Canon
100mm on my XLH1?).

So . . . my interest in making the switch is motivated by reducing the overall weight
I have to carry in the field (lots of walking sometimes up steep hills . . groan),
reduced cost when I buy my next camera, and overall portability - as when travelling
by commercial air carriers.

Thanks for your ideas!

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Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Autofocus Lens
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