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RX100 macro capability?

Discussion in 'Sony RX100 Forum' started by dhazeghi, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi SC Regular

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    Jun 4, 2012
    Davis, CA
    I've been looking various places, but I haven't been able to find any definite numbers as to the magnification the camera is capable of. Does anybody know what the magnification is? Alternatively, can you fill the frame with something the size of a quarter? If not, what is the smallest object one can fill the frame with? Thanks!
     
  2. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 6, 2012
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    Julien
    I did a quick test with a 1 euro coin (almost exactly the same size as a quarter). RX100 set at wide angle (for maximum magnification) and focusing manually as close as I could. Not close to filling the frame.

    DSC01199.
     
  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi SC Regular

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    Jun 4, 2012
    Davis, CA
    Thanks, that was exactly what I was looking for. Looks like about 1:6.5, or equal to 1:2.4 in 35mm terms. Not terrible, but not great either...
     
  4. kenhiraihnl

    kenhiraihnl SC Regular

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    Sep 29, 2012
    Just wondering...with a 20.2 MP capability, wouldn't a 1:1 crop be acceptable?
     
  5. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder SC Veteran

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    By all accounts, the RX100 is not the camera you want for macros. Which is a shame since my other Sony cameras will focus in so close that the lens is basically touching the object. I think it was a design tradeoff to get that big lens in a small package. They only had so much space to work with and didn't have it to allow the lens to focus in that close.
     
  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi SC Regular

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    Jun 4, 2012
    Davis, CA
    That assumes the lens and sensor are capable of resolving details down the pixel level. From what I've seen of 100% crops from the camera, I don't think that's a safe assumption
     
  7. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Using a +10ish diopter and a filter converter is probably the only way to get "macro" with the RX100.
     
  8. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

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    Another quick test, same thing as the first time but with a Raynox DCR-250 (+8 diopter) held in front of the RX100 lens to increase magnification. This is the closest I could get (don't mind the IQ, it was shot at very high ISO).

    DSC01221.
     
  9. jasonvu

    jasonvu SC Regular

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    Dec 26, 2013
    so what are the best settings? focusing distance is 2 inches right? zoomed out all the way? what aperture and shutter speed do you normally use...i just dont like the macro mode scene that the camera has...wanna try manual instead.
     
  10. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    If you're using the camera without a closeup filter you can get the highest magnification by having it at 28mm/x1.0/widest zoom. Mind you it won't get you all that close, see the first coin picture Julien posted.

    If you want to get closer you need to use a closeup filter like the Raynox DCR-250 in Julien's second coin picture. With a closeup filter you need to zoom all the way out to max zoom for the best results.
    There are a lot of different filter mounting systems for the RX100, or you could just hand hold the filter if you only use it once in a while.
     
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  11. jasonvu

    jasonvu SC Regular

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    Dec 26, 2013
    Ok. Thanks. Btw, anyone see the difference between gourmet and macro scenes? I havent really noticed the difference when i shot some close ups of food in both modes.