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Mineral PhotographyCanon SL3

2nd Jan 2020 18:49 UTCTom Mortimer Expert

Is anyone using a Canon SL3 camera for stacking photography?
If so, are you happy with it?
Tom Mortimer

2nd Jan 2020 19:20 UTCVolker Betz Expert

Hi Tom,
It is a camera not so expensive, it should work, but not my favorite. But for stacking the lenses the light and the stacking device are more important.

Volker

3rd Jan 2020 10:26 UTCJolyon Ralph Founder

The Canon SL3 is called the Canon 250D in the rest of the world in case you want wider opinions. It has the tried and trusted Canon 24mpx APS-C sensor in it, which can produce good results. As Volker says, most features in DSLRs (eg faster frame rate) are of little use with for macrophotography.

In general, because it's a lighter body than others in the Canon series you may have more issues controlling vibration with mirror movement - one reason I've abandoned using DSLRs and moved entirely to mirrorless for mineral photography here.   So make sure you have a VERY sturdy mount and you should be ok.


3rd Jan 2020 15:55 UTCTom Mortimer Expert

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Volker, Jolyon,
Thanks for your replies.
I have a very sturdy mount for my camera. I am a fan of a fixed mount for the multi-pound camera and moving the one or two ounce specimen when photo stacking. (photo of set-up attached). The specimens are positioned on a machinist's single axis translation table (weighs about 20 pounds) that I bought at a surplus store for $50. The micrometer knob on the rear is graduated in 0.01 mm marking. The camera is a Canon T3i (600D) with a Canon 50 mm lens shown, but usually use a 55-250 Lens and Nikon Plan 10 objective. This combination has produced satisfactory results (two examples in follow-on post... xenotime, 0.6 mm crystal, N. Sugarloaf Mtn, Bethlehem, NH, and sphalerite crystal, 0.9 mm, 101A road cut, Amherst, NH)
The T3i has been loaned from my son for many months, so time to acquire a replacement. I plan to go with the Canon SL3. I also plan to acquire an automated stacking rail system. The WeMacro  unit appears to have good features at an attractive price.
Tom Mortimer

3rd Jan 2020 16:00 UTCTom Mortimer Expert

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Photos with my setup: Xenotime, 0.6 mm crystal. N. Sugarloaf Mtn. Bethlehem, NH


3rd Jan 2020 16:03 UTCTom Mortimer Expert

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Photo from my set-up: Sphalerite, 0.9 mm crystal, Rt. 101 road cut Amherst, NH
Tom Mortimer
 
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