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ghubbers Nov 24, 2004 2:13 PM

My new S1 is now 2 weeks old, and spent a week of that taking photos in Cuba. (You can see samples in Weekly Challenge and People Photos)

I used to take lots of close shots of flowers, and any wildlife that would sit still long enough, with my A40.

Now, I'd like to do the same, or even smaller subjects, with the S1. But it doesn't have a macro mode. So I suspect that I will have to learn to be a photographer of sorts, and learn all the manual settings.

Can anyone suggest some direction to get started, a book, a web site, etc???

So far,I am noticing is that the A40 was better at the auto focus, especially in low light.

samcheri Nov 25, 2004 3:32 PM

The S1 does not have a macro mode but you can get quite close (about 4 cms from the front of the lens) in wide angle; the distance in full telephoto (10xzoom) is 93 cms but you can still get fairly decent macro shots.

The best way is to get a lens adapter and closeup lenses

See this thread:;forum_id=15

ghubbers Nov 26, 2004 2:28 PM

I will likely be interested in attachment lenses in future, but for now with the new camera and Xmas coming my budget is depleted.

Anyway, I must be doing something wrong because I cannot get focus and anything near closeup to my subject. Autofocus certainly does not work and I have tried the full scale of manual focus to no avail.

Perhaps I am missing something obvious???

stevenyc1 Nov 27, 2004 12:28 AM

Try picking up an ole beatup gun scope and remove the eye-piece- you'll end up with a very high quality mag scope that can be handheld in front of just about any maybe able to thread it to your cameras threading.....I shot these with a cheap gun scope eye-piece (scope was $45 at Walmart- but can be found used for $20).....

Shot with a Fuji Finepix S5000 which doesn't have a great macro-mode at all....but the scope eye-piece really helps here and should work with any digicam.

jimr503 Dec 8, 2004 8:22 PM

Stevenyc1, thanks for the tip. I'm impressed by the shots.

Herb Jan 28, 2005 1:47 PM

The old, beat-up gun scope idea sounds good, but it may be easier to find a pair of old or broken 7x35 binoculars & use one of the objective lenses from that. I got a pair from a garage sale for $5 and mounted the lens in a tube that slides over the Canon lens barrel. It works fine.

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