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Photography: Sony A200 & Panasonic TZ1 Photo Comparison

This past Sunday we took our little boy to the park so I decided to use the opportunity to take a few photos as well. One thing I am beginning to realise is that my standard seems to have risen since I started using my Sony A200, and by that I mean that expect more from a photo and am finding that fewer of the photos I take are meeting my expectations. That aside, on spying a ladybird sitting on a leaf I decided to take a photo with both my Sony A200 and my Panasonic DMC-TZ1 – DSLR v Compact: Macro Battle!

The TZ1 has a 10x zoom with an effective focal length range of 35-350mm, while the A200 was used with the kit lens with an effective focal length range of 18-70mm. The better wide angle setting wasn’t going to help the A200 but was the lack of zoom and macro capability going to hold it back? Let’s look at the evidence, and note that the photos have not had any post production aside from cropping and resizing.

Panasonic TZ1 - f/6.3 - 1/1600 - ISO-800

Panasonic TZ1 - f/6.3 - 1/1600 - ISO-800

Sony A200 - f/5.6 - 1/250 - ISO-100

Sony A200 - f/5.6 - 1/250 - ISO-100

Interesting when looking at he exif information that the TZ1 chose an ISO of 800 compared to the A200 which chose ISO-100. I’d hazard a guess this is due to the superior quality of the A200’s sensor which has picked up more light than that of the TZ1. This could also be why the colours in the photo taken by the A200 are more natural looking.

There is more detail on the leaf of the TZ1 photo but that is because I purposely selected the ladybird as the focus area when using the A200 and increased the aperture setting to get a shallower depth of field.

I’m very encouraged by the photo taken with my Sony A200 and can only begin to imagine what results i will be able to achieve with a dedicated macro lens or a zoom lens with macro capability. Macro photography is an area I am particularly interested in so such a lens is on my wish list – you listening Santa?

I’ll leave you with two more photos taken on the way to the park.

Now that is a blue sky!

Now that is a blue sky!

Dew on the flower petals.

Dew on the flower petals.

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First photos with Sony A200, new website & learning about composition

This past weekend I had a chance to have a proper play with my Sony A200 – quite different to the Panasonic DMC-TZ1 that I’ve been using for the past few years, to say the least.

On the Saturday I mostly shot indoors with my 16 month old son as the main subject. When I looked at the photos on my laptop I thought they looked good quality, and after confirmation from both my wife and Mum I knew that the A200 was a great acquisition. The photo below is my favourite of the ones I took of my little boy, and I think he looks a lot older than his 16 months, even with dried yoghurt all over his face!

Serious face!

Serious face!

Around 6pm I took things outside and decided to do a bit of macro photography with one of my favourite subjects, spiders! Luckily (depending on what way you look at it) there was a big spider above our door so I took about 30 shots from all different angles, using both the macro setting and the normal setting with maximum zoom. I didn’t think the results were as good as with my compact camera, but then that has a macro mode designed to be used with the built in lens. Without a dedicated macro lens, or at least a lens with a far better zoom than my 18-70mm kit lens, I can’t expect world class macro photography. Still, I think this one came out quite well.

8 hairy legs!

8 hairy legs!

The weather on Saturday had been amazing, a beautiful later summer’s day. Sunday however was a different day entirely, much colder and overcast. Most disappointingly the light wasn’t very good, and as an absolute beginner I had no idea how to use the camera to compensate for that. We went off to St. Albans and I set about taking photos of St. Albans Cathedral, where I graduated in 1997, and the park and lake which I had hoped would be drenched on the same sunshine as Saturday. The sun never showed its face, but I did my best all the same. More importantly I had fun, and got more used to the feel of my camera.

I actually set up a new website to show some of my photos. The idea is that I will be putting photos that I am most proud of on there but I also thought it important to post quite a few from this weekend so people can see where I started from in months and years to come. The website is Fable Photos – leave a comment if you can guess where that name got it’s inspiration!

When I posted a few on the Talk Photography Forums I got a comment that about my composition and the subject of my all photos were dead centre and that I cropped too close to the subject. I get that and especially in this photo I took of a goose which got the following comment – It would look much better with space on the right side of it so that it’s moving into space. I have to agree, it looks like the goose is about to bash it’s head!

Goose lake

Goose lake

My composition will improve over time, it’s not something I’ve really thought about much before but is something I will be thinking about when I use my camera next. Below are a few more of the photos I took on Sunday, the rest are at Fable Photos – any comments and advice will be gratefully received and appreciated.

St. Albans Cathedral

St. Albans Cathedral

Hedge life

Hedge life

Arty!

Arty!

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The Dirty Lens Panasonic DMC-TZ1 Photo Set!

As promised, here are a sample of some of the photos taken with my 3 year old Panasonic DMC-TZ1. To see any of these at their original full size or to see the rest of them, then go to my Flickr Photostream.

Orange Flower

Orange Flower

Red Flowers

Red Flowers

A Dead Bee!

A Dead Bee!

Fluffy

Fluffy

Pod

Pod

Spider

Spider

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