Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hand lens + cell phone vs. DinoLight

Callan Bentley recently introduced many of us to the idea of using your cell phone with a hand lens to get macro images (he saw this on at Microecos and Myrmecos). Callan and Chris used a iPhone, which I sadly still do not have. Silver Fox tried a 2MP HTC 6800 phone. I have an LG enV, so I tried that. Below are the results with my phone + 1 hand lens.

Dryosaurus caudal vertebra (ventral view), taken with an LG enV phone and a hand lens.
I was pretty happy with the outcome.

I decided to try to take a picture of the same vert with our new "DinoLight" [here is a review of the camera]. John recently purchased this to try an get some better macro pictures of his trilobites than we were getting with our default camera. Below is the same vert, taken with the scope camera:

Dryosaurus caudal vertebra (ventral view), taken with the "DinoLight"

Not too surprising, the scope camera worked somewhat better. It can be a tad on the touchy side when focusing, but over all it is pretty easy to use. I just wish the resolution was a little better. It is also nice to know that your phone and the hand lens will work in a pinch.

Just for fun, here is another fossil that happened to be in reach... under the DinoLight:
Tiny mammal jaw (Morrison Formation, upper Jurassic of Wyoming) mounted on pin head.

© ReBecca K. Hunt-Foster


Neil said...

Thanks for the link! I've also posted some fossil shots using the same technique here:

ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

Very nice!

nick gardner said...

you could do the same thing but with much higher resolution with a good DSLR attached to a microscope.

The iphone trick is good for in the field I'd think, but in a laboratory, why settle? especially given that Microscope adapters for DSLRs like the Canon EOS are only around $10-20.


ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

I know that Nick, but this was more of a try at something others had done, not something I would use every day, especially not at work. The DSLR's are always an option.

Callan Bentley said...

Someone republished this post at this URL: Weird... you may want to tell them to knock it off!

ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

Thanks Callan. That is weird. I have reported it to WordPress. Thanks for the heads up!!