So far in testing, we have been shooting at the same rate (about 60-80 images an hour) using the Photo e-Box as we have with our more conventional copystand.
Both images were shot with the Canon Eos 1ds Mark III with a 50mm Macro lens. The copystand image was shot at 1/80 of a second at f20, the e-Box image was taken at 1/50 at f11.
The difference is staggering. The e-Box shows much more detail. While some of that may be attributed to shooting with a wider aperture, the real difference is the quality of the light. The soft, surrounding light from the e-Box reveals much more detail, shape and texture - all of which are important to the scientists who use these images.
I have joined the ranks of bicycle commuters. As a former bicycle messenger and pizza delivery guy, you may wonder why it took me so long to become a bicycle commuter. I didn't have a bike. Now I have one.
Jaime, Felix and Ruben at MK Direct have been exceptionally helpful with this project. I thought I was going to have to make modifications to the box myself, but when I explained what I needed, they generously offered to do it for me.
The results are fantastic. This is the first shot I took with the new box using the Canon Eos 1ds Mark III with a 50mm Macro lens:
While it is common to shoot copy work using a small aperture in order to achieve maximum depth of field, I recently ran some tests shooting at f20 and and f8 and here is what I found.
f 20 on the left, f 8 on the right
These images have not been sharpened in Photoshop. They were both shot with the Canon Eos 1ds Mark III using the EF50mm/f2.5Macro lens. It is clear that the f8 image is significantly more clear than the f20. Not surprising news, I know, but it's fun to shoot tests to confirm.