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Macro and General Photography 

Nikon D90 mounted on macro stand The Nikon D90 is available for all-purpose photography, such as Public Relations imaging, equipment shots as well as macro photography. Macro photography allows good-quality, high resolution imaging of small samples. A top-down macro stand is available to use with transmitted, sub-stage illumination for translucent samples and a selection of spotlights for above-stage or oblique illumination.

The equipment is available from Biosi 2 E/0.03 and the macro stand is situated in E/0.04.

Macro photography
The Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm F2.8 macro lens is the principle lens for macro photography. This is able to focus down to around 2.5cm, giving a minimum image field diameter of around 3cm. It also has a relatively uncommon F32 aperture setting which provides an extended depth of focus.

A number of microscope lenses may also be fitted to the camera via an adapter. These allow for even higher magnifications and permit imaging of samples which may be too large for microscopy but which are too small for conventional photography.

The camera possesses a ‘Live View’ capability which makes imaging on the macro stand far easier, as well as granting the ability to zoom in and check critical focus. Live View mode substantially increases battery use but two batteries are available to permit continuous extended use.

Also available for macro photography is an Optem Zoom 125 macro stand with a Moticam 2000 digital camera.

General photography
The Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm zoom lens is suitable for general purpose photography. This is a high-quality stabilised lens with a maximum aperture of F3.5-5.6, depending on the zoom level used. Applications for this may include photographs for teaching (such as photographs of key parts of practical procedures) or cataloguing equipment and clinical/demonstration samples.

Miscellaneous equipment
Various filters, an infra-red remote control, tripod, ‘red head’ halogen studio lights with stands, spotlights, flashes, a ring-light, diffusers and a stereomicroscope.

Terms of use
Usage of photography equipment is operated on a ‘project’ basis, with a project representing regular use of equipment over the duration of up to a month.

A project begins with an initial set-up charge and basic tuition to ensure the user is competent to use the equipment. The initial set-up charge includes up to a month of ‘as-and-when’ technical support, with a further charge payable if support is required beyond this period.

Following set-up, the equipment is loaned on a session basis – where each session comprises a half-day of usage. Total number of sessions must be recorded by the user.

If no technical support or tuition is required then only the half-day rate applies.

At the end of a project, or after a month has expired, a job sheet must be completed which details the start and end dates as well as the number of half-day sessions used.

Set-up and tuition is only available on Thursdays and Fridays and the equipment may only be used between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.

The equipment may only be used within the School of Biosciences and must not be removed under any circumstances.

Booking and usage is logged by calendar sheets on the door of E/0.04.

Tuition and support is provided by Marc Isaacs (ext 75139)
Contact Dr Tony Hayes (ext 76611) for equipment access

Initial set-up and one month of technical support: £18.00
Half-day loan rate: £2.32