A new, new camera

Well, the Vivitar that Chris got me for Early Christmas, took beautiful macros – but it has a freak battery that NOBODY, including Vivitar, had in stock.

So, it had to go back. I expressed my frustration to all the folks at Vivitar, Inc. Just this morning, actually, one of their phone monkeys called, telling me that they got my message – after I’d already talked to a live person, filed a complaint, and returned the merchandise.

Chris sent the Vivitar back, and got me a wonderful Canon A630. I have ordered some supplemental lenses and memory sticks, but the built-in macro on this one gets pretty great detail. I don’t have any kegos on hand to take comparison shots – but this is what it got from a moth:

One of the things I really love about these high-resolution images, is that you can actually see stuff that can’t be seen with the naked eye. The composition of the antennae is fascinating – they look like little creatures in their own rights.

0 replies
  1. darthcynthia
    darthcynthia says:

    Sorry to hear about the camera disappointment 🙁 The new one seems nice though!

    And how funny is it… worms (and some other bugs, like spiders) gross me out, yet the moth photos are not only fascinating, but actually “cute”. Weird how the mind can be, sometimes, eh? Heheheh

    Great shots!

  2. admin
    admin says:

    Hee – I’m glad they don’t bother you. I thought about putting it behind a cut, because I know about your bug ickfulness.

    Ironically, there are even some moths that ick me out – not so much to see, but to touch. If they have pointy knees, or they move in a too-fast, scurrying motion – it bothers me. Bombycoid and Saturniid moths have a slower, more velvety and stout movement; it doesn’t push that same button.

  3. molasses
    molasses says:

    ooo, that’s great.
    I’m glad you’re loving the camera. I bought a Nikon, no regrets, but lots of my friends strongly advoacated for Canon. Enjoy!

  4. admin
    admin says:

    Yeah – I don’t know much AT ALL about photography – I would like to learn some more. I notice that I’ve got a very short depth of field in macro closeups, which is just about all I do most of the time – but I don’t know if that’s something adjustable on the camera I’ve got. I almost always use the “auto” button.

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Nice pic

    Great idea, san simeon girl, I made it my desktop background as well!!! I’m amazed at how furry it looks that close up, like some woolly mam–moth… hehe.

    Hope you enjoy your new camera and I look forward to seeing lots of pics. Whatever became of the extra kegos?


  6. admin
    admin says:

    Re: Nice pic

    The extra kegos got shared around to three different homes. Hopefully they’re all doing well.

    I’ve also had some sickness problems (possibly from overcrowding) – so that cut down on the numbers also. It’s not nearly so much of a handful to feed them now!

  7. niamh_sage
    niamh_sage says:

    My goodness, that’s amazing! What a great picture, and what a lovely creature. I think I’ve just decided what my next camera will be 😛

    I don’t know if you’ve come across this site before but you might like some of the amazing insect close ups: http://www.pbase.com/dang

    I think he gives some tips on photography too.

  8. admin
    admin says:

    The “user guide” which comes with the camera, tells me how to adjust various things… and I can push the buttons, and it goes “whuzz” and the lens moves… but I have no idea what it’s *doing.*

  9. dark_phoenix54
    dark_phoenix54 says:

    Awww! What a cute little feller! That face!

    Neat camera. Too bad about the Viviatar- I’m finding that same thing with my Olympus- the battery is unique, and not in a good way.

  10. mothie
    mothie says:

    But wait…isn’t that a lot of trouble to go to just to lay eggs? Spin a chrysalis, hybernate, grow wings, learn to fly and then have sex?!

    That must be one magical night.

  11. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    why, he’s not scary at all…

    he looks like a little alien bunny wabbit.

    mind you i’d still probably shriek like a girl if he flew at me.


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