You know how sometimes you don’t remember how much you like something until you start telling someone else about it? I hadn’t used this camera for more than auto-everything snapshots in quite a while. I was getting reacquainted with an old pal so this is a longish post.
From the oddly specific files: There is a Flickr group dedicated to “display of your macro/supermacro photos taken with the new Canon SX10 PowerShot IS”.
Super Macro only works at 5mm (28mm equivalent).
I had the coin on a bright white background and the lens was about 1cm away. Once that was set up I realized it was almost impossible to light it. Just because you can put something right up against the lens doesn’t mean you should. I used a camping headlamp with three super-bright LEDs shining in from the side. With that kind of contrast, from dark to completely blown-out, and a wide open lens, I pretty much set it up to fail. It is crisp enough to show me the coin is really dusty.
A nice tutorial on cleaning up CA using Photoshop Elements (or CS*) is here.
After macro-fest, I installed CHDK on the SX10’s SD card. It has huge number of features but two I’m already using are live histogram and RAW. I’ll do a separate post after I play with it some more.