I was intrigued by something floating in my garden pond yesterday. It appeared to be some sort of larva though its body didn't move all the time I was watching and photographing it but just seemed to drift with the breeze. Out of interest I tried all three cameras to capture a clear shot. The object was about one inch long. All the photos were taken using auto focus.
The 350D and 50D were used at maximum zoom and minimum focussing distance. The Lumix was held about two inches above the larva. I have always found it difficult with the Canon zoom lenses to get clear shots at near distances. Possibly too much movement when hand held and very limited depth of field is the main reason for such soft focus (more noticeable if you click on the photo and look at a larger version) as they both work very well on more distant objects. The Lumix on wide angle and the ability to get really close always gives me superior results for this sort of subject. Definitely a question of horses for courses.
The final problem to solve - what had I photographed? From the searching I did last night my best guess is a mosquito larva.