Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Pollen Beetle - Video

OK. So I spent a bit more on the new set up. I found a mint condition used EF-M 28mm macro lens that I had my eye on. Lets me get within about an inch of a subject and has LED lighting built in round the front lens. No extra batteries needed as they take the power from the camera battery.



The LEDs are not over bright. Good enough when that close to a subject to add some illumination to darker areas of the subject. Switchable at two light intensities. Choice of left, right or both on.

I had looked round for something to test it on and found some flowers which had pollen beetles. It took three attempts. Just as I had the first fixed in place the beetle flew away. On the second attempt the beetle dropped off. It was a case of third time lucky.

After a few still photo takes I though it would be more interesting to make a video. One great facility when shooting video is the ability to use the touch screen and change the area for the lens to focus on. Either tap a new place or drag the focal area box to a new position for a smooth change in focus.


Enough ramble - on to the video. (No tweaking, exactly as taken at 1080p HD)

1st clip with the lens set to macro, the others with the setting on 'super macro'


  1. This is really good. I'm envious. Is 2K the maximum resolution? I was wondering if you could crop as the focus looks good enough for higher magnification.
    It is a wonderful piece of kit.

    1. Adrian: Filmed at 1920 x 1080 25 fps 2945 fps. Top ability is 1920x1080 50 fps which is a rate of 4288KB/s Tried a quick software crop in iMovie and I can go in quite a lot. Too far and the shallow depth of field becomes very noticeable.

  2. A super video - it is so interesting to see this little beetle through a macro lens. I should think you are very pleased with your new "toy" :)

    1. RR: Thank you. Not often we get the chance of a closer look and our minibeasts. Quite honestly I am over the Moon with this camera. Far better than I expected.

  3. Ah so that's what those little guys are called

  4. Oooooh - great results with that lens and camera combo!


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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