RE: cameras, computers

From:"Tarpley, John" <>

While I agree with Geoff's comments regarding the use of a high quality
scanner for 35 mm slides, the one thing this option does not give you that
digital photography does is instant access to the photograph. You must still
wait for the film processing and if, unfortunately, the photo isn't quite
what you need then you must set up again and shoot another roll of film.
With digital photography you see the final results instantly, know if you've
gotten the results you want, and can send out the photos without delay.
Another good point for Geoff's idea is that his recommendation will probably
be the cheapest way to go since you already have a high quality 35mm setup.
So if cost is a factor and the time required for processing is not an issue,
then a scanner can be an excellent solution. If on the other hand immediate
access to the photo is more important then digital photography is the way to
go. My solution is to combine both approaches. I have both 35mm capability
and digital. That way I have the best of both worlds.

John E. Tarpley 5-1-A
Associate Scientist
Amgen Inc.
One Amgen Center Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 
These Opinions are my own and not necessarily those of my employer.

-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff McAuliffe [mailto:mcauliff@UMDNJ.EDU]
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 8:17 AM
To: Hoye, Glenda F. (Fka Hood)
Cc: ''
Subject: Re: cameras, computers

"Hoye, Glenda F. (Fka Hood)" wrote:

> Hello.
> I'm in the midst of researching digital cameras for microscopic
> and the computerization requirements for the software to handle the
> digitized pictures. I'm sure there are many of you who have experience
> I could learn from, so if you would be so kind to contact me off Histonet,
> would really appreciate it.
> At present I'm doing photomicrography with a 35 mm camera mounted on my
> Olympus CH2 scope. I get wonderful prints and slides, but I'd like to
> advance a little. Just don't know what to look for.

Dear Glenda:

    Keep your 35 mm microscope-mounted camera! Just buy a high-quality slide
scanner and you will have the best of both worlds. Film images from the
you already have give you over 20 million pixel resolution, permanent
(30-50 years or more), and a slide to show at meetings and seminars. You
get any of these features with a digital camera which will be out of date if
obsolete in 2 years. Once your film images are digitalized with a slide
you can manipulate them, e-mail them, inport them into grants, reports, etc,
etc. A high-quality scanner for 35 mm film (Polaroid SprintScan or Nikon
CoolScan is $2000 or less.

Geoff McAuliffe, Ph.D.
Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854
voice: (732)-235-4583; fax: -4029

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