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Does anybody recommend any digital cameras
    #3327185 - 11/06/04 11:37 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I didn't know where to post this so if there is a better place please move it mods. Thanks! :smile: Anyway, I have a canon powershot A80 which is alright, but I have no macro ability, or any ability to get really close shots of small things, such as mushrooms. Does anybody recommend any good digital camera thats not too expensive, maybe in the $300-350 range (or less hah). Thank you :smile:


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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: Rebirtha]
    #3327261 - 11/06/04 12:20 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I have an A80 too, and it sure can take macro shots, just press the button with a flower on it. A flower should appear in the display, and you're set. If I remember correctly, the minimum distance is 5 cm (~2 inch).


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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: Pinback]
    #3327279 - 11/06/04 12:32 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Cannon Digital Rebel is an awesome camera,, but its not in your price range.. lol


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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: RRhoads]
    #3327323 - 11/06/04 12:56 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

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Cannon Digital Rebel is an awesome camera,, but its not in your price range.. lol



The Canon (they still don't produce heavy artillery...) Digital Rebel is a nifty device indeed. But, macro performance of this camera depends on the lens used, and not on the camera itself. The lens that comes with the Digital Rebel kit is not particularly fit for macro purposes, so you'd have to invest in some extra glass for your mushroom photography.
But if you're considering buying a Digital Rebel, I'd also consider saving some more money and buy the superior EOS 20D. The 20D offers much better performance in terms of noise, build quality and metering. Mine is due to arrive next week :laugh:

Anyway, if you're looking for a camera for macro photography and you don't want to spend more than $ 350, there are really two options:
1. Stick with a digital compact cam like the Canon PowerShot A75 or A80 (several other models and makes exist, of course). Most of the compact cameras in the $200 - $300 range are equipped with a lens that is capable of some light macro work. They will also provide enough resolution for web publishing and medium sized prints. Cameras like these will satisfy the needs of about 95% of the photographers on this board.
2. Don't make the hyperjump to the era of digital photography and purchase a (used) analog SLR (Single Lens Reflex). I bought a Mamiya 35mm SLR with a nice set of lenses (including a Tamron 90mm SP f/2.5 macro lens) for less than $350. I shoot mostly slide film with this camera (Fuji Sensia and Velvia). Image quality of this setup surpasses that of any digital compact camera and even the image quality and resolution of many digital SLRs. Drawbacks are the costs of film and development and the fact that you'll have to scan images that you plan to use digitally.

In most cases, a digital compact camera like the A80 is a very fine choice indeed. Only if you're really interested in photography as a hobby, I'd advise you to go for an analog SLR and upgrade to digital once you've acquired the right amount of money.

Below are two images I shot last month with my Mamiya gear. Both images were captured on Fuji Sensia 200 slide film using the Tamron 90mm macro lens and scanned with a Konica Minolta Scan Dual IV slidescanner.




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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: koraks]
    #3328888 - 11/06/04 11:33 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I had a Canon A60 and it took good pics but I broke it by droping it a mear 1.5 ft. to the carpet. I now have a Pentax 33WR which I think rocks because it's got internal zoom lenses and is waterproof. Literaly I can stick it in a river and take pictures underwater...though I wouldn't leave it under for long. If you want a really rugged digi camera I think thats the one, oh and it does have macro.


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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: slippyz]
    #3328901 - 11/06/04 11:38 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

my pops has a d10 its so nice but yeah its also expensive as hell but they have dropped in price becuase the d20 was released but yeah still like 750-1000 dollar camera but takes awsome pictures yeah

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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: phantasm]
    #3329565 - 11/07/04 05:04 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

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my pops has a d10 its so nice but yeah its also expensive as hell but they have dropped in price becuase the d20 was released but yeah still like 750-1000 dollar camera but takes awsome pictures yeah




And again, the macro performance of this setup doesn't depend on the camera body. It's the lens you use that makes all the difference here. Why am I saying this? Because one might me tempted to purchase a 10D body for about $950 and expect to be able to go out and shoot nice mushroom macros. Not so! You'll have to invest extra $$$ for quality lenses if you want to use that 10D properly. So this $950-deal may turn out to be a $2500 investment when all's said and done.

(I know what I'm talking about. I just spent about $2500 on a 20D and a 70-200 F/4 L and some extras. Note: I don't even have a decent macro lens for this body, yet! This will set me back another $1000 if I want to do it the way it should be done...)


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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: Rebirtha]
    #3330359 - 11/07/04 06:25 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

canon powershot s50 seems to work well for me.


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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: joepj02]
    #3330364 - 11/07/04 06:26 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Fujifilm finepix 3.2

Check some of my posts for pics, the camera is amazing.


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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: vc77]
    #3330626 - 11/07/04 07:33 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I have to agree with the Fujifilm finepix. Even though I have an older version, the macro is excellent.


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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: Rebirtha]
    #3332650 - 11/08/04 11:06 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Nikon 4500 is hands down the best macro performer under $600.

I would bet you could find one these days for around $400.



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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: Rebirtha]
    #3333034 - 11/08/04 01:20 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I've got a Sony Cybershot F828. It's an 8 megapixel camera. It's very nice, but out of the $300-$400 price range. I got mine for $795, but most places sell them for $999.

My old camera was a Fuji FinePix s602. I have to say, for the price it was a kick ass camera. The only reason I don't still have it is because it was lost in a fire. It is in your price range. The lense that it has enables you to focus at 2cm (about 3/4in) away from the subject. It has a 3 megapixel sensor chip, but is able to produce 6 megapixel images via interpolation (I don't know what that is, though). It has both automatic and full manual mode. It gives you control over focus, ISO, aperture (f-stop), and shutter speed. It also has one of the fastest shutter speeds I've seen on a digital camera: 1/10,000sec.

Here are some shots I took with the old cam:













For more pics: http://www.shroomery.org/forums/usergallery.php?gallery=8399&folder=mushrooms
Pages 1-7 are my new cam. Pages 7-11 are mostly the old cam (FinePix).

Here's a link for places to buy the finepix:
http://www.shopping.com/xPC-Fuji_Finepix_S602_Zoom~SRID-VuPLVmE5Un


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Re: Does anybody recommend any digital cameras [Re: Gumby]
    #3333093 - 11/08/04 01:37 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

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Gumby said:It has a 3 megapixel sensor chip, but is able to produce 6 megapixel images via interpolation (I don't know what that is, though)




Sounds like a good camera, but this feature is always a bit of a con. It makes the images larger by 'guessing' the pixels in between the ones it has. Much better to just use the native resolution and make it larger using Photoshop.


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