Lost in dimensions? (II)
Echiniscus sp. tardigrades in the dry state (so-called "tuns") on a moss leaf, photographed by means of a Konica "Hexanon" macro objective dating back to the 1970s. The length of the moss leaf is 2.0 mm. The magnifier box on the left is revealing some softness which is encountered when zooming closer into the original macro photograph (on the right).
Overall we have to accept that the above image has a few imperfections. As a consequence Monica und Ronny from the last magazine issue will have to quit on this level, terribly sorry. But we can try harder in order to approach an optimum image quality. Our next step setup is much more conservative, based on a massive stand (not visible here), an intermediate bellows system and a high-class loupe objective:
The following images show the superior quality of the professional loupe objective (in this case a 'Noritsu 50.7/9.5'). Everything is definitely crisp, with perfect contrast, no distortions whatsoever visible:
Backside of a "1 Cent" coin, made by means of the setup as shown above
Backside of a "1 Cent" coin (crop of the total view above)
LCD-Display, setup as shown above
Crop of the LCD photomicrograph
Computer chip image, photographic setup again as above, image taken through the glass cover of the chip area.
Computer chip, detail (cropped from the image above).
And finally we come back to our moss leaf with the tardigrades in the dry state. When comparing with the classical macro objective image (on top of this page) the enhancements in contrast and detail become clearly apparent:
Echiniscus sp. tardigrade in the dry state, image taken by means of a Sony Nex-5 camera, intermediate bellows and 'Noritsu' loupe objective
In the next issue we will make a big step towards truely microscopic imaging. See you!
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