Nikon 105 for butterfly collection

Started Apr 2, 2014 | Questions thread
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labalaba Contributing Member • Posts: 532
Re: Nikon APS-C for more DOF

TQGroup wrote:

Thanks again for your thoughts. The issue of required DOF is still to be resolved. There are now 3 possible approaches (vide earlier post today re Museum's approach); 1. very high quality specimen photography with a unique identifier number, 2. high quality specimen photography with actual data card/s next to specimen and in focus, or 3. lower "cataloging" quality photos of specimens with data card/s in focus plus some very high specimen photos.

While I personally prefer approach "1", the data entry requirements of the vital capture data make options "2" and "3" very attractive to the owners of the collection.

Based on what I learned yesterday, I now plan to contact the relevant Museums in SE Asia to determine if they had a digitizing / cataloging system that we should "plug" into.

Morals of this developing story... (1) its the photographer who is responsible for putting the smile on everyone's face and (2) the customer/s usually do not know what they really want but they do know when they are satisfied/happy/delighted afterwards!

To get the data label in focus along with the specimen I think you will need some kind of stand or support that places the data label in exactly the same plane as the specimen.  Perhaps this is a prep job for your 'assistants'.  Either that or use a small sensor camera.  I don't think Fx>Dx will do it.

I did suspect already that the only reliable way to associate 10,000 pieces of data with specimens is to photograph them together.

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