52 Cameras: Week 43 part 2 – Canon SX10 IS

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).

The dreaded CHROMATIC ABERRATION (100% crop) -- ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/20 sec.

The dreaded CHROMATIC ABERRATION (100% crop) — ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/20 sec.

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.

Still a lousy photo but a little better.

Still a lousy photo but a little better.

Nice soft light and backing off a little makes all the difference -- ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/250 sec.

Nice soft light and backing off a little makes all the difference — ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/250 sec.

I boosted the ISO to 400 since this is hand held (100% crop).

I boosted the ISO to 400 since this is hand held (100% crop).

Super Macro Zoe just because she held still long enough for me to do it -- ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/15 sec.

Super Macro Zoe just because she held still long enough for me to do it — ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/15 sec.

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.

This one is for all the people whining about the plastic bag ban in Santa Fe -- ISO 200, f/8, 1/800 sec.

This one is for all the people whining about the plastic bag ban in Santa Fe — ISO 200, f/8, 1/800 sec.

Whatever your politics, it's a beautiful design -- ISO 200, f/8, 1/640 sec.

Whatever your politics, it’s a beautiful design — ISO 200, f/8, 1/640 sec.