The camera I use to take the 3D pictures, the pictures through
the microscope, and many of the Science Toy pictures, is the
I have arranged with the Cyberian Outpost company to make the
camera available to my readers at a very attractive price
(it's still not cheap, but much less than I bought mine for!).
If you are interested, simply
on the camera photo at the top of this page.
The main feature of the camera is its 1280 by 1024 pixel resolution.
Not only does this make it possible to print 8x10 photos that look
like they came from a 35mm film camera, but (perhaps more importantly)
it enables me to crop the photos and enlarge parts of the picture
and still be able to display high resolution pictures that are more
than mere thumbnails.
The other requirement I had was the ability to screw on filters and
third-party closeup lenses. Most digital cameras resemble little
point-and-shoot film cameras with small fixed lenses. The D-600L
accepts an inexpensive adapter ring that fits my 55 mm filters and
lenses from my film camera.
Third, the Through-The-Lens (TTL) viewfinder is essential to good
photography through a microscope or telescope, and is quite useful
in composing good 3D pictures.
The camera can be controlled from the computer,
so when taking pictures through the microscope or telescope,
I can take the shot by clicking on a button on the computer
screen. This makes it very stable, as there is no camera
movement due to my fingers pressing buttons on the camera.
The autofocus, and autoexposure controls can be overridden,
so the camera will take pictures in low light (such as through
a microscope at high power) with the focusing done by the
user's eye and the microscope fine focus controls using the
The camera is very light weight, and with 8 megabyte flash memory
cards, I can take lots of pictures. Each 8 MB card holds 9 huge
pictures, or over 50 640x480 shots for web site size images. The
cards are the size of a large postage stamp, and slip into the
camera quickly, so I can change 'film' much faster than with a
film camera, which is great for wildlife shots.