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Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by UXEvangelist, Oct 10, 2008.

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  1. UXEvangelist

    UXEvangelist New Member

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    Hello! I just stumbled across this forum while searching for a new digital camera, so I figured I would make use of this section and see what you all might recommend. =)

    Basically, I love creating wallpapers. I like taking close-up pictures of just about everything. The type of detail I would love to achieve is something like a blade of grass with a water droplet on it in which you can make out what's in the reflection of the water droplet. I'm not looking to make any huge prints or anything; just something that looks phenominal at around 1600x1200 or so.

    Now, I've managed to get my Pentax Optio MX4 (4MP) to take some really good close-ups at 1/2" - 1" away but I'm looking for that over-the-top quality. If possible, I would like to find something that records HD video but that's not a necessity.

    I also attend conferences and I would like something that takes good pictures of presentation screens in dim or dark lighting (you know, where the lights are off but what's up on a presentation screen is brightly-lit).

    I've been pulling my hair out going through numerous 10MP and 12.1MP cameras on Amazon. That one bad review usually does it in for me if they mention something that I find important. So far, I've found the following camera to be what it appears I am looking for:

    http://www.buy.com/retail/product.a...45917&Type=PE&Category=Elec&Gad=0&dcaid=15889

    I don't know how it does with extreme close-ups, though. Likewise, would 'P' mode suffice to bypass what causes the extremely long lag for the camera's processing of RAW pictures? In this conference I am attending soon, I will want to snap multiple shots very quickly and a 30-second lag after shooting 4-5 pictures isn't going to cut it, unfortunately.

    Taking all of the aforementioned into consideration, along with the fact that I'm looking to keep it around $250.00, what do you all recommend? Thanks for your time!

    -Stephen
     
  2. KCook

    KCook Well-Known Member

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    RAW means a DSLR. Of course for this budget it will be a used DSLR. No point-and-shoot will come near the phenominal results you require.

    Kelly Cook
     
  3. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    I agree with Kelly - there's no way you will be able to take multiple shots without any lag unless you spring for a DSLR.

    I went to a function this weekend and took many indoor action shots with my Canon A720IS, in manual mode, without a flash. There was always a delay between shots. At the same time a professional photographer with a large Canon DSLR was taking shot after shot with seemingly no delay between shots. I pointed this out to my wife and told her that I was very envious (it's important to prepare your spouse in advance for the possibility that you might want to spend the family $ on a new camera).
     
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    KCook Well-Known Member

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    Good plan Andy! I shall take notes .... :D
     
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    David Rasnake News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    This is quite possibly my favorite comment of the week. In part because with these sorts of things, I've been known to make the "it followed me home, can I keep it?" mistake.

    dr
     
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    AaronM News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    I work in macro mode alot, although usually slightly less close that you are descrbing( I photograph watches semi-often). I'd say that a dSLR is the best bet, and that although everyone makes fun of me for it, live view is needed! If I were going to set something up from scratch for it, I'd get a used Canon 40d in a few weeks when people start selling them to buy 50Ds, and an EFS 60mm Macro. Sadly this will hit close to 900-1000 probably, but it should do everything you need:
    * 3.5fps, even in raw mode. It can do a burst of something like 20 at that speed, and then drops to about 1.5fps
    * fantastic macro lens (see some samples below)
    * live view, great for checking macro focus
    Either the 60mm macro, or a cheap 18-55 zoom will handle the conference work without even breaking a sweat, and the metering will handle the "bright screen in a dark room" quite well
    Aaron

    Macro samples
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    slightly larger field of view, for reference this is 40mm in diameter
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    and here is what the really short DOF of the 60mm can do. The printing on the crystal of the watch is blurry, but the dial is sharp
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    not useful, I just like the pic. It is a stack of the front and back macro of the same watch.
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    if you've gotten this far and want, I have many more watch photos here http://www.wiglaf.org/~aaronm/watches
     
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