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Discussion in 'Other Cool Gear, Camera Bags, Camera Straps' started by nfoto, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    .. so it pays to have the appropriate equipment for the job at hand.

    I have the pleasure of owning 2 (two) complete Nikon Multiphot photomacrographic cameras, including the entire set of specialised Macro-Nikkor lenses made for it. Hardly an equipment suited for field work, as each unit weighs more than 30 kg. :Exclamati

    Here is one of them in my lab,

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    These days I mainly use a DSLR to capture macro images, with the camera tethered to a laptop for remote control and direct downloading of the image files onto my network. I can even remotely control the laptop which is remotely controlling the camera, allowing me to sit in front of my main computer to sip coffee, run accounting and other mundane office chores, process images in Photoshop, browse the internet, and look at the images as they are downloaded to my file server. However I cannot crank up the stereo to have music while I work, because even the sophisticated double damping of the Multiphot cannot cancel out vibrations from loud rock music :mad: 

    Why the Nikon F2 with its 6x magnifying finder? Good as they might be for other purposes, today's cameras have lousy viewfinders for real macro work. So I employ the F2 with its 6X finder and a clear-glass screen to get precise focus, then swap it for a DSLR and start shooting. The Multiphot is endowed with a CPU chip so all my DSLRs will do accurate light metering with it. Light sources are halogen light piped in with fibre optics and/or micro flashes with their own fibre optics.
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  2. Now that's one heck of a macro setup. Are you photographing atoms?
  3. Cool setup. So what are you taking pictures of with that wild setup? Can u post an example picture.
  4. OK, now that you have got everyone curious, you need to show us some examples of what results this super micro "rock music intolerant" set up can do.

  5. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    You need an iPod to go with those nice fiber optics.
  6. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
  7. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    Your interest is understandable, guys. Being produced in the late 1960's and early 70's, the Multiphot is quite exotic by today's standards. Don't know about the numbers produced, but they couldn't be many since the asking price in its day could have bought you a small car. I purchased mine from a research institute when their science photographer retired and nobody filled the vacancy.

    I can do upwards to 40X with this outfit, but mostly I "only" work up to some 30X. Some examples are shown here,

    1. Detail of Mobile Telephone Chip (25X). For a campaign of "National Requirements in Telecommunication". The chip is residing on a Norwegian flag and is labelled with an "å" (29th letter in the Norwegian alphabet, used by cunning Norwegians to expose foreigners and immigrants because only a native Norwegian can pronounce this vowel correctly :biggrin: )

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    2. Nikon D1 CCD (32X). Each photosite comprises 4 units of which only one was employed in D1, but 4 of them in the successor D1X (arranged as two pairs of 2 joined pixles).

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  8. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    As to the iPod "solution", I cannot stand the product :mad:  I rather have a peaceful interlude while the photomacrographic work is progressing, then to blast the neighbours afterwards.
  9. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Wow - the ccd image is great! We talk about those things every day here, but there is one in the flesh. Thanks! Interestingly the letter "å" also is the symbol for something very small (10 to the minus 10 m.)
  10. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    I like the obliviously detached state it puts me in with regards to others.
  11. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    "å" should then be "Å" (from the Swedish scientist Ångström), but as the unit isn't in the SI system the nanometer (1 nm=10Å) has taken over.

    Now, you might wonder whether the Swedish with their own "å" could masquade as Norwegians, but no way, their "å" sounds differently. We have an ironclad linguistic defense :biggrin:
  12. jgrove


    Apr 13, 2005
    Thats some set up!
  13. Depending on the conversion an Ångström can also measure as
    3.937E-06 of an inch
    or 1E-10 of a meter (one ten billionth of a meter!!!)
    or even .0001 of a micron
  14. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    1 Å = 1E-10 m, so it's metric but not SI.
    1 nm = 1E-9 m, hence metric and SI.
    (1 nm = 10 Å)

    Inches don't qualify as metric :biggrin:

    Whatever your yardstick, 20-40 X are huge magnifications and unless you have fibre-optical lighting, you won't see a thing (or with incandescent lights of sufficient strength you cook your subjects a few seconds before your hair goes on fire :eek:  )
  15. That's because there is a scientific explanation and proof of what a "meter" is...
    ...where, there is a confusion of the origin of the inch... based on non scientific proof...
  16. Bjorn, That is one cool setup and thanks for posting a few pics. I would love to see more under this thing.

    The "CCD" Pic is really cool.
  17. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    You asked for it, but don't tell me that you get bad dreams about next summer from this one,

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    Wasp Stinger 32X magnification
  18. Wild Stuff.

    I will not sleep ever again! :wink:

    You have got some cool toys!
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