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« on: November 11, 2021, 01:42:36 PM »

I thought that my new iPhone 12 could replace my need for a proper camera but I  am starting to realise that this unfortunately aint so.

First, the fixed aperture gives a pathetic depth of field that make focus stacking an absolute necessity

This image of my dear universal miller requiered 20 exposures to get a depth of field going from the front handwheel to the back of the machine.



And stitching the images in Photoshop leaves a lot to be desired also.

The closest focus distance is a 2-3 inches, wich is not very impressing.

So I am looking for a digital compact with at least this functions:

1. Normal to slight wide-angel image field.
2. Close-up down to under an inch
3. A really small f-stop
4. Manual exposure time and f-stop

Suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2021, 02:01:04 PM »

I have no specific camera to suggest; only that you may have to use a 35mm SLR or mirrorless camera with a macro lens to get the results you want. Those cameras have higher resolution than iPhones and digicams so it may be possible to shoot from farther away, crop the image, and end up with a much better photo overall.

I have an iPhone XS and its camera seems to be a step down from the iPhone 7 for model photos. We're going to get new phones for Christmas so I am disappointed to hear about your experience with the iPhone 12.

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2021, 03:08:22 PM »

I have no specific camera to suggest; only that you may have to use a 35mm SLR or mirrorless camera with a macro lens to get the results you want. Those cameras have higher resolution than iPhones and digicams so it may be possible to shoot from farther away, crop the image, and end up with a much better photo overall.

I have an iPhone XS and its camera seems to be a step down from the iPhone 7 for model photos. We're going to get new phones for Christmas so I am disappointed to hear about your experience with the iPhone 12.

Russ

Thanks for the input, Russ!

At least the iPhone 13 has a macro function, so I think I would be happier with a 13.

But the problem with the fixed aperture is harder to get around. I would have loved an in-camera focus stacking function.

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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2021, 04:35:55 PM »

I am no expert but on your IPhone 12 if you use portrait mode you can then alter the aperture settings ….. it’s still not brilliant but a big improvement on the fixed setting
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