DCM 510

DCM 510

Postby Richard Scott » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:42 pm

For those interested in micrography there follows some pictures taken with my DCM510 camera and a Brunel SP100 microscope.
You can see that you can even get to measuring the spore wall on larger spores (these are Volvariella gloiocephala.)
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Re: DCM 510

Postby Chris Johnson » Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:49 am

Hi Richard,
These are excellent pictures and impressive measuring software.
I bought my equipment from Brunel and was recommended the Canon DSLR 1000D. This, apparently, is the only DSLR with 'built-in' software for microscopy. It was easy to instal and has performed very well, but I would certainly like the facility to measure spores and cystidia directly and have the results annotated like yours. Presumeably, this would entail buying more software... a question for Brunel really. Are you able to annotate text to your images such as species name, etc.?
Is your blue background natural or contrived? The natural background colour on my images is a yellowy-orange.
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Re: DCM 510

Postby Richard Scott » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:50 pm

Chris, I am able to annotate photos, I use MICAM softwate which is very cheap but excellent.
The blue background is contrived to allow better differentiation which allows more observable detail.
If I do not use the blue background the background looks quite washed out.
This process does not affect the sizing and anyway the sizing is done before the background change.
Looking at the microgrpahs that you have psoted I would say I get a more realistic colour using the DCM510. Richard
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Re: DCM 510

Postby Chris Johnson » Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:46 pm

Thanks Richard. How do you contrive the background? Is that another Micam software job?
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Re: DCM 510

Postby Richard Scott » Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:05 pm

Chris, no it is a function of Google Picasa a free photographic display product that I have found superb. Richard
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Re: DCM 510

Postby Chris Johnson » Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:10 am

Cheers, Richard.
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Re: DCM 510

Postby Dave H-Tranter » Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:22 pm

Nice pics. Just to add - this link - http://www.fungalpunknature.co.uk/Fungi ... acaSP.html - taken with a £90 point and shoot pot-shotting down the barrel of the Brunel microscope. 1000 oil immersion lens used. There a few other spore shots in my micro gallery done with the same technique here - http://www.fungalpunknature.co.uk/Fungi ... Menu1.html - just browse the species and in the spore description quite a few have a link to the actual spore shots.

Just shows - nothing ventured nothing gained.

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Re: DCM 510

Postby Richard Scott » Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:35 am

Dave, lovely photos, what camera did you use for the macroscopic shots. Richard
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Re: DCM 510

Postby Dave H-Tranter » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:08 pm

Microscopic I used a Nikon Coolpix 4600 which was about £90 and for 90% of all the macro shots it was this and the Nikon Coolpix 4500 which I picked up for £220. The latest photos I am using a Canon D1000 body (£300) and a Tamron Macro lens (£180). It ain't the most expensive gear but I ain't no photographer and anything more expensive would be wasted on me ha, ha and in truth not good judgement to buy on my part with a family to support.

Thanks Richard and hope this helps. The beauty of digital is you can take chances and nothing is lost. You seem to be doing fine as you are.

One thing to add though is always use a tripod with the macro lens - just bloody impossible without.

Do you have a website by the way?

Fungalpunk Dave - www.fungalpunknature.co.uk
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Re: DCM 510

Postby Chris Johnson » Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:56 pm

Dave, those are amazingly sharp images for a microscope regardless of the camera used. What medium did you use on your slides?
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