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  • Filming Orchids with the Panasonic DMC FZ200 and FZ300 Cameras is a short video illustrating some of the advantages of using these cameras.
  • They have a good depth of field which allows you to focus on tiny orchid flowers using the macro setting.
  • I have found the lightweight Slik Sprint Pro II tripod very useful. Of special importance is you can focus on a flower take a short video and easily remove the camera to view how it looks and put it back without altering its position.
  • For very tight areas the tiny AMBICO tripod works well.
  • By using f 2.8 the orchid flowers can stand out from the background.
  • With their regular batteries these cameras will run 1.5 to 2 hours in the video mode. 
  • Using a Juicebox DSLR Power battery and a Bescor Coupler & AC Adapter Kit for Sigma fp & Select Panasonic Cameras should allow these cameras to run in the video mode for many hours.
  • For information about these cameras look at An Evaluation of the Panasonic FZ-200 and FZ-300 Camera
  • For information about orchids in Southeast Alaska look at Native Orchids of Southeast Alaska the book updated by Marlin Bowles & Bob Armstrong
  • For information about the value of fungus gnats for pollinating some orchids look at /sites/default/files/mcx196.pdf