You know what they say about limitations being the secret to creativity? There’s a lot of truth in that.
About a month back I purchased more out of curiosity than anything else, a Black Friday deal on a wireless cheapo ($40) digital microscope. In any case, it was more fun than I expected, especially with my hands freezing up frequently.
Yesterday, I had a chance to try it out while bug-hunting on my daily walk. I thought perhaps others might enjoy what came of that. (Remember – this is bug-hunting in Ontario, Canada, in January! Species and specimens are extremely limited.)
I did manage to catch 3 anti-freezers stil moving out there. All common ones, and expected – mostly.
You’ll definitely need some editing apps to get the results I’m posting here.
In ‘camera’ operation, I was also surprised at how quickly you can shift focus from infinity to the max 2mm field width. And I find it really hard to position the phone in such a way that you can use it to frame your shot with even a slowly moving subject.
Details? Speed? Controlling a phone in one hand, the ‘scope’ in the other? Challenging. I did get some interesting shots of non-insect stuff though and even some cool macro ‘landscapes’ off a fence post.
My main conclusion is that if you are into capturing stuff for identification AND you have a pretty steady hand, AND some image editing experience and are willing to overlook the limitations— it’s a pretty cheap ticket! (Not including post edit software, of course).
And maybe even a lot of fun, if (like me) you like goofing around with cheap gear and using limitations to stimulate some creativity.
(Gulp! That almost sounds like a pick-up line!)