Matchbox Super GT Porsche 910
The Super GT series by Matchbox has some pretty cool gems.
I had to take a month off from DT. Mainly because my work has been bonkers busy this past month and I needed a bit to learn how to use my new camera. Now I can finally post some pics! My beloved, trusty, Kodak Z990 was acting wonky and showing signs of finally giving up. I can't complain I have had the camera for almost 10 years and it has been great to work with for diecast photography. I've probably shot thousands of pictures on that camera.
It has served me well. After a bit of research it's replacement is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 which has a great reputation for macro photography. While a bit smaller, the Lumix has a fantastic macro feature called focus stacking. Since the focal range of the lens itself is limited, the camera can take a series of pictures in high-def while moving the focal point of the image from front to back. Essentially, it take a mini video and the processes that into a single image with based on the focal range you select. It's really stupid neat!! and a game changer for my macro photos involving diorama accessories.
I still need to play with the exposure settings and work on tuning this camera to appreciate my light box. But overall the clarity is amazing.
The Matchbox Super GT line has some really great gems here and there. The Super GTs are mainly known for their non-clear windows and non-existent interiors. Many of the cars have pretty wild colors that are frankly kind of ugly. However, this Porsche 910 in silver with basic racing livery just looks great. It also rides on my most favorite Mbx wheels ever. Aside from some casting runoff here and there, I think it's pretty perfect.
Normally my diorama figure would be washed out, featureless, or blurred. But now it has all the same details and focus as the car itself. The clarity from the front of the car is sharp all the way to the back. My old Kodak could not do that at all.
I still have a bit more learning to do since this camera has a ton of features. But, I'm super impressed so far and looking forward to busting out my garage diorama soon to take some pics. Hope to post more this weekend and glad to be back on DT.
Edit: played around with some of the shutter speeds to see if I can get a true white out of the background. Not quite. But still getting stellar detail from front to back on focal range. so cool.