Re: cameras, computers

From:Geoff McAuliffe <mcauliff@UMDNJ.EDU>

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

> Hello.
> I'm in the midst of researching digital cameras for microscopic photography,
> and the computerization requirements for the software to handle the
> digitized pictures. I'm sure there are many of you who have experience that
> I could learn from, so if you would be so kind to contact me off Histonet, I
> 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 camera
you already have give you over 20 million pixel resolution, permanent storage
(30-50 years or more), and a slide to show at meetings and seminars. You won't
get any of these features with a digital camera which will be out of date if not
obsolete in 2 years. Once your film images are digitalized with a slide scanner,
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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