Post by vft guy in SJ on Jan 11, 2007 3:31:48 GMT 7
I realize that this is WAYYYYY after the fact in this post but I use an Olympus C4000-Zoom for my photos. www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/c4000.html Along with a seemingly endless array features and an impressive macro mode, it is also adaptable to fit auxilliary lenses. It is a little toward the upper end of the "reasonable" price range, but I have yet to find a situation where this camera cannot excell.
Here are a couple examples of photos taken with my camera. Note: these photos are simply snapshots at default setting for the camera, no special shutter speeds, lighting, or anything.
There are only 2 infinite things... The universe and human stupidity and I'm not too sure about the universe.
I have worked with lots of cameras over the years. I still more cameras than I can use.
I now pretty much use only a SLR digital camera (Nikon D2X) and for macro photography I use a 60mm macro lens. Now for real close-up work, you can't do a thing without bellows, but they are a pain to work with, at least the one I have (Hasselblad), but the photos are just stunning.
Computer screens don't work very well to see quality photos as maximum resolution is only 72 dpi, while for quality printing you need 300 dpi.
For macro photography, the most important part of equipment is the tripod, you just can't take a good picture without it.
Post by teencpgrower2 on Jun 21, 2008 3:49:02 GMT 7
Hey i was wondering if a KODAK Z712 IS 7.1MP DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA with 50x zoom would be a good camera. Im pretty sure it would be but i don't think anyone ever mentioned Kodak cameras. i think it said it has macro mode. Thanks, just wanted to know before i get it.
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2008 3:51:43 GMT 7 by teencpgrower2
Don't be fooled by the "50x zoom". Only 12x of that is optical zoom, the rest digital zoom (i.e. the picture is blown up digitally, which causes it to lose sharpness) That said, I had a Canon Powershot S2 IS before I bought a Pentax DSLR, and it was excellent for plant pictures and even the occasional birding. Its macro mode goes to zero millimeters, which is very good for that type of camera. Look for my posts with pictures between October last year and March this year for examples.
I agree with Alex, if you are serious about taking photographs, invest in a DSLR, I prefer nikon because of their great Macro lenses like the mentioned 60mm or the 105mm, I have used the 60mm micro nikkor for a long time (with film) and it is just Great! If you want more magnification add a magnifying diopter, but I really havent used my magnification diopters much.
In my opinion also, so far with regards to digicams (not DSLRs) the Coolpix 42000 has not yet been beaten in terms of macro capability! Quite dated/old already though, but haven't seen one that can rival it. An Olympus model has come very close though. This camera can take great macro photos that I use it at work to photograph small electronic parts and stuff if we need to take photos of problems or defects. The problem is that it is old and only 4.2megapixel.
But then again, not all plant photographs are macro photos!
Choose wisely though, with the rate of new technology coming in now, When you buy your brand new, newly released camera, it's already going to have a better version (competitor) in a few months. So make sure that your camera has all the features that you like. I guess that is why I still haven't been able to replace the CP42000 , and I can't afford a DSLR.
Dionea Muscipula (VFT) N. Ventrata, N. Alata, N. Miranda Aldrovanda
Arvin and Alex are right. Save a little more and get an DSLR. Next year you'll kick yourself for having wasted the money on a small camera, money you could have used for a serious piece of gear.
I have a Pentax K10D, winner of "Best New Camera of 2007", and apart from its great price, it's chock-full of goodies and features that Nikon and Canon can only provide at higher prices. All-round sealing, built-in shake reduction and its sensor cleaning features alone are worth it. Sure, Nikon and Canon have a greater array of lenses, but you pay more. Plus, Pentax lenses are legendary, and sometimes you can find some old ones on Ebay for cheap money. The Pentax K20D just came out a few months ago, pretty much the same as the K10D, but with even more features. I've bought two Sigma lenses with the camera: a 70-300 mm tele/macro zoom, and a 105 mm macro, which in combination with a set of extension tubes lets you take shots inside a gnat's nostril. For a beginner like me, this is a perfect combination.
And Pentax was the one who actually "invented" the Single Lens Reflex system. Unfortunately they got overtaken by Nikon and other companies in recent years. Hopefully they can bounce back with new great products.
Dionea Muscipula (VFT) N. Ventrata, N. Alata, N. Miranda Aldrovanda
Post by teencpgrower2 on Jun 24, 2008 1:55:31 GMT 7
If i get a job this summer i will try to get an SLR camera, im 14, don't have a lot of money, and parents just built me a 12fix10ft greenhouse which costed about $300-$400. So when looking for an SLR i should look for either 1)Pentax, 2)Nikon, or 3)Canon. Ok got that covered. ...realy not 14 turn 14 friday.
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