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Thrifty Thursday: Pro Photographer vs. Buzz Lightyear Camera

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

Our Thursday series has typically featured me handicapping myself by attempting to photograph with digicams, scanners, webcams, cell phones and other cut-rate equipment. This week, though, I’ve got something even better.

DigitalRev has been kidnapping famous photographers and forcing them to make do with the cheapest of plastic gear. Witness one of my favorite artists, David Hobby of The Strobist, fighting with a 2 megapixel Buzz Lightyear toy camera.

To see the results, check out David Hobby’s post.


Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. Mythusmage 12:54 pm 01/3/2013

    Do you recall a Canadian entomologist name of Acorn, also referred to as “The Nature Nut” on TV? I recall one episode where he informed his audience that the best camera they could get for shooting bugs was a cheap, 10 dollar (Canadian) 110 instamatic that absolutely horrid pictures, unless the subject was a just the right distance from the lens. As I recall, that was about 4 inches away.

    He showed some of the pictures he took with the camera, and even on a low resolution tv of the time they weren’t bad.

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  2. 2. Alex Wild 1:06 pm 01/3/2013

    Oh yeah! John Acorn. He’s around. Never met him in person but I see him on facebook all the time.

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  3. 3. Mythusmage 9:46 pm 01/4/2013

    That’s the guy. Most interesting fellow.

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