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Digital camera

Discussion in 'Through the Lens' started by galeogirl, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. galeogirl

    galeogirl Arachnoprince Old Timer

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    Thinking about buying one, just not sure which one to get. I don't need all of the bells and whistles, but I don't want the cheapest model either. Something that I can take good child and/or invert pictures with that doesn't require a whole lot of technical savvy.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. pezzonovante

    pezzonovante Arachnopeon

    Canon Powershot A95 ! Some pics of my animals !

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  3. kosh

    kosh Arachnobaron Old Timer

    i have been looking at possibly buying a Canon Powershot A-95 as well......just been waiting on the price to come down a little.....the cheapest ive seen so far is just under $280....

    it seems like the Canon Powershot series and the Nikon Coolpix series have the two best macro functions i have seen....the Nikon's macro is like 1.5 inches and the Canon's are 2 inches....the Canon when shooting video, is time limited by internal memory buffers (i believe) and the Nikon are limited only by the size of the removable memory....the Canon Powershot will accept add on lenses and such whereas the Nikon will not...
     
  4. galeogirl

    galeogirl Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Good to know. I think there are some local stores where I could finance a camera and pay it off in a few months.

    I do a lot of hiking during the summers, too, it would be nice to get herp and invert pics on the trail.
     
  5. mouse

    mouse Arachnolord Old Timer

    i got a kodak easyshare, it's easy to use and doesn't act up like the vivitar i had. and i bought the kodak at sears for $100.

    dianne
     
  6. Sheri

    Sheri Arachnoking

    Just make sure it has a macro setting (for inverts) and that it is not a canon.

    I was told by someone I trust with regard to photography this information, and I feel confident in reiterating it here.
     
  7. kosh

    kosh Arachnobaron Old Timer

    sheri's comments seem to reinforce what i read about Nikon having better macro than canon....or at least 1/2" better distance over canon...
    i tried a friend of mine's Canon S1 IS and the autofocus didnt want to do to well in macro mode.....but the image stabilization was cool as the image is hard to keep still when viewing close up or in zoom...
    the canon powershot a95 has the tilt/rotate lcd screen which would be awfully handy when trying to get macro shots of your bugs...
     
  8. Wolvie56X

    Wolvie56X Arachnobaron Old Timer

    i just gotta real good camera, sony cybershot 5.0 megapixel, the $800 one, but i got it on ebay, really sweet camera

    hey sheri, where would the macro function be for the camera? cant seem to find it
     
  9. Wolvie56X

    Wolvie56X Arachnobaron Old Timer

    says macro function range 2cm... is that good or bad?
     
  10. Wolvie56X

    Wolvie56X Arachnobaron Old Timer

    ok i found it, wow is all i can say, cant wait to take some bug pics tomorrow in the light

    check out ebay if you wanna find a nice digital camera for cheap i paid $300 for this camera, retails for around $800 and its gotta video recording setting, its sweet
     
  11. Wolvie56X

    Wolvie56X Arachnobaron Old Timer

    holy crap the macro function works on the movie part haha nice, anyone wanna see some videos of bugs eating?
     
  12. atavuss

    atavuss Arachnoprince Old Timer


    is there a price range you are held to? do you want a huge honking camera? want a small one (camera!) you can tuck in a pocket and carry everywhere with you?
     
  13. Malkavian

    Malkavian Arachnolord Old Timer

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    The only brand I'll say stay away from is Sony---their F7xx line of cameras are awesome, but proprietary batteries and memory sticks are a huge hassle.

    I'm extremely happy with my Fuji S602, though it's about 3 years out of date at this point

    Nikon is good as well
     
  14. Vayu Son

    Vayu Son Avatar of Anansi Old Timer

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    Paige,

    I have had good experience with Canon, Nikon, and Sony.

    Head over to http://www.steves-digicams.com/ or http://dpreview.com/ and browse around for a few ideas.

    Most of my macrophotography was done with a Sony F717 and olympus 1.4x telephoto extension, which you can probably get for wolvies price of around $300 + some extra for accesories.

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    I now use a Nikon D70 with a Sigma lens for smaller subjects.

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    Canons are also stable with the upper end powershot models such as G4 and G5. My best advice is to go to a camera store and play with a few models to see what you like, then match prices online.

    -V-
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2005
  15. skinheaddave

    skinheaddave SkorpionSkin Arachnosupporter

    The Olympus Zoom series has a pretty good macro. I have the C-4000 which has worked out well for me.

    Cheers,
    Dave
     
  16. Kugellager

    Kugellager ArachnoJester Arachnosupporter

    I have the same sony camera Vayu mentioned and love it.

    The second link he provided is a very thorough review site...I highly recommend it.

    John
    ];')
     
  17. Raindog

    Raindog Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Those are some great images Vayu.
    I use a D70 as well but have strayed into portraits with my macro lens, they are very versatile. Here's one I took of Kilo a few minutes ago while fiddling with my new flash...

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  18. Kugellager

    Kugellager ArachnoJester Arachnosupporter

    Feed your dog man...look at that face! {D

    John
    ];')
     
  19. Raindog

    Raindog Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Yeah he only stood still because I was holding a treat in my left hand while holding what felt like twenty pounds of camera, lens and flash in my right.
     
  20. Sheri

    Sheri Arachnoking

    I would suggest a Nikon D70.
    If you had a lot of money.
    However, the The Coolpix line is awesome. The new ones in the 300-400
    dollar range are incredible.
     
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