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Sep 23, 2013 00:25 |  #1

I can get a GIX using some of my frequent flyer points, however I do a lot of macro stuff and have read reviews saying forget macro stuff with this camera.
Has anyone had any success using it in macro mode?

I do have DSLRs with macro lenses etc, but it would be great have a relatively small camera for travelling etc.

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Sep 23, 2013 05:28 |  #2

The G1 X cannot get as close as say a G15/G16 for macro, due to the image sensor size, etc. You need to use close up lenses to help overcome that limit, but don't expect to get 1 cm away from something like with other G series cameras. Here's a thread on DPR re: the G1 X capabilities and a decision on whether to purchase one. A photographer named Marco Nero has been a big fan of his G1 X, and has used the Canon 500D and 250D close up lenses with it.

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Sep 24, 2013 00:08 |  #3

denncald wrote in post #16317908 (external link)
The G1 X cannot get as close as say a G15/G16 for macro, due to the image sensor size, etc. You need to use close up lenses to help overcome that limit, but don't expect to get 1 cm away from something like with other G series cameras. Here's a thread on DPR re: the G1 X capabilities and a decision on whether to purchase one. A photographer named Marco Nero has been a big fan of his G1 X, and has used the Canon 500D and 250D close up lenses with it.

http://www.dpreview.co​m/forums/post/52081857 (external link)

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Thanks Dennis... that is excellent info :)
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Sep 24, 2013 01:53 as a reply to  @ Woofess's post |  #4

Personal experience with my G1X:

I find that macro is not a redeeming quality of the G1X. It shines really high in many areas, including beneficial results from the larger sensor, but macro falls dismally short of mediocre.

I have not tried it with any attachments.

The few macro shots I have done with it I had to pull the camera way back to get it to focus.

If you are getting the G1X to shoot a lot of macro, I would suggest staying with a DSLR. You won't be happy with the results otherwise.

But if you want some awesome low light regular shots and high quality regular photo shooting with awesome bracketing capabilities, then the G1X IMO outshines its predecessors big time! The bigger sensor really does make a difference.

I like my G1X better than my G11, my G9 and my G2. Except for macro....


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Sep 24, 2013 02:26 |  #5

BobsYourUncle wrote in post #16320512 (external link)
Personal experience with my G1X:

I find that macro is not a redeeming quality of the G1X. It shines really high in many areas, including beneficial results from the larger sensor, but macro falls dismally short of mediocre.

I have not tried it with any attachments.

The few macro shots I have done with it I had to pull the camera way back to get it to focus.

If you are getting the G1X to shoot a lot of macro, I would suggest staying with a DSLR. You won't be happy with the results otherwise.

But if you want some awesome low light regular shots and high quality regular photo shooting with awesome bracketing capabilities, then the G1X IMO outshines its predecessors big time! The bigger sensor really does make a difference.

I like my G1X better than my G11, my G9 and my G2. Except for macro....

^ ^ And there you have it.


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Sep 24, 2013 04:55 |  #6

xhack wrote in post #16320540 (external link)
^ ^ And there you have it.

Thanks folks:) You have made my mind up for me. I meant to explain that I just want to be able to take sharp pics of subjects such as flowers mainly.. so standing back 7 inches or so is OK for that.. as long as they are sharp ?

For real macro stuff, I will stick to my DSLR.

But for relatively short travel trips not having to cart along a heavy camera and an assortment of heavy lenses will be a bonus... especially when it means I do not have to sneak past the airline officials at the airport who are always on the hunt for folks like me who try to sneak heavy cabin baggage onto the plane. I mean it looks a bit suspicious when you pass them wearing a bulky winter jacket thingy (which is concealing all the heavy camera gear) when the temp outside is in the 40's ( 100's to you US folks) and you are travelling to Equatorial regions;)


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Sep 24, 2013 21:58 |  #7

Woofess wrote in post #16320667 (external link)
Thanks folks:) You have made my mind up for me. I meant to explain that I just want to be able to take sharp pics of subjects such as flowers mainly.. so standing back 7 inches or so is OK for that.. as long as they are sharp ?

For real macro stuff, I will stick to my DSLR.

Well, if you are taking pics of flowers and such, the macro will work ok pulled back 7 inches. Just don't expect to get in there real close. Flowers are fairly big so that kind of macro will work, as long as you don't want to get in close and have a full frame shot of a stamen or something.

Now if you want to pick off a nose hair on a bee or something, forget it - it won't perform there. DSLR time.

Here is a quick example.
A random macro shot of the end of a pen on my desk. I got in as close as I could get to it for max size. (About 6") Any closer than about 6 inches and I could not get it to focus, even though there is good detail on the pen for focusing. I tried multiple times and kept pulling back until it focused.
Lighting by my ceiling light fixture - 3 of those curlyQ lightbulbs - daylight type. (I like the cooler whiter light)

Then I cropped it in close to get full frame of what I was shooting. You can crop a fair amount and still get reasonable results.

So for flowers this may work ok, but not as good as a DSLR.

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You can see a little pixelation in the crop. The idea of this was simulating taking a close up of a small object by getting as close as possible and then cropping
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The full pic was reduced from 4352 X 3264 to 1024 X 768 to fit here.

The crop came in at 870 X 653, so I left it alone rather than exporting it the same size as the other one. I thought this would give a better idea of the crop quality.

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Sep 24, 2013 22:08 as a reply to  @ BobsYourUncle's post |  #8

Now that I have posted this, it occurred to me that I could have wandered out to my wifes plants and done this comparison on a flower instead of a pen.....

Oh well, it's there now!


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Sep 25, 2013 03:30 |  #9

BobsYourUncle wrote in post #16323147 (external link)
Now that I have posted this, it occurred to me that I could have wandered out to my wifes plants and done this comparison on a flower instead of a pen.....

Oh well, it's there now!

And now everyone has a great view of the stuff on your desk *evil grin*. However, it is a good demo of what is possible.. and no... I do not want to get in close to stamen etc... I just want a sharp pic of an average sized flower.. if there is such a thing.. simply for species ID.

Thanks BobsYourUncle :)
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Sep 26, 2013 20:11 |  #10

Some G1X flower shots

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Sep 26, 2013 21:36 |  #11

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
These shots are great and shots like this will satisfy me :)
W:)

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Sep 27, 2013 13:57 as a reply to  @ Woofess's post |  #12

The G1x can do close ups, but whether they are close enough for you is a personal thing. It's close enough for me.


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Sep 27, 2013 18:51 as a reply to  @ hemmings's post |  #13

Wow hemmings - those are awesome!

What was the lighting on the blue one? Just natural light?

No EXIF to read through...


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Sep 27, 2013 20:22 |  #14

hemmings wrote in post #16329588 (external link)
The G1x can do close ups, but whether they are close enough for you is a personal thing. It's close enough for me.

That's close enough for me too!! Fantastic shots!!!!!!!! Thanks for posting them :)
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Sep 27, 2013 20:37 |  #15

I have recently bought a G1x and am happy with it. It gets as close as I need. If I want macro I use a dslr and proper macro lens.
Let's be realistic.... To do macro properly you need a tripod and, perhaps, lighting. If you going to lug that lot around it defeats the object of a small camera and you may as well carry a dslr as well.




  
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