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Rypobius marinus? - Rypobius marinus

Rypobius marinus? - Rypobius marinus
Hammonasset State Beach, Madison County, Connecticut, USA
May 12, 2011
Size: 1.4mm
Found under a board on the beach.

Hi Tom,
Was the Canon 5d worth the upgrade or are you still finding out?

I think so
I needed to get a new camera, and keep my 40D with over 80,000 shots as a backup. With the tiny bugs like this I'm using the 1.4x teleconvertor since the 5D is full frame and doesn't have the 1.6x magnification. The color and definition are better without having to use photoshop as much. Where I notice the biggest improvement is photographing birds with the telephoto lens. The ISO can be set a lot higher without getting grainy, and I get a lot better picture quality. One of the biggest drawbacks is the 21 megapixels is almost too much for my 6 year old computer to handle. It takes forever to download the pictures, so I guess the next thing I'll be upgrading is my computer.

I'm sure I'll have the same problem.
Time for a new computer.

I read somewhere (macrophotography forum I think) that full-frame is a poor choice for microphotography (with microscope objective) but didn't understand why. I'll read up and ask more advice before making my purchase. I imagine I'll shoot some Ecuadorian birds but that will represent about 0.1% of my photography :-)

Pixel density not frame size
It is pixel density, not frame size that is important. It so happens that the smaller sensor cameras tend to have greater pixel densities, though, so there is some correlation. My current camera is a Canon 5DS, which I think has the same density as the 7D. But these tiny beetles challenge even the highest density sensors unless you use a microscope. Here's my recent offering taken with a 5DS.

yes; lovely...