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Best camera for close ups?
My hubby has put a new digital camera on his xmas wish list this year however I am not sure which way to turn. He wants a camera that takes very good close ups... he has a hobby store on ebay and will be regularily posting pictures of small parts and accessories. I'm not looking to break the bank here but would like to find him something that takes good pictures and does the trick. A bigger (wider?) lense is something of importance. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

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How small are the small parts? What dollar amount won't break the bank?..

Comment #1

If you only need a few pictures for your online store, you could get a used film SLR (any brand) and a used macro lens (probably 50mm focal length, so there would be no telephoto perspective). You could have the film scanned at the time you have it processed and the digital pictures put on a CD, which costs about $2 a roll. These would be fine for Web use. You could also just use a normal 50mm lens and get closeups with extension tubes, which are cheap..

If you want to go purely digital, any SLR with a macro lens would be good. The non-DSLRs won't give you a high enough magnification..

And a tripod would allow careful composition of the image..

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Comment #2

If you look on the B&H Web site (or on Web sites of other large photo places), you should find an assortment of light tents and platforms designed to make it easier to get balanced lighting and neutral backgrounds for product photos..

My gut feeling is that even a cheap light tent, plus a pair of regular table lamps equipped with "daylight" bulbs (to put outside the tent, for diffuse illumination), might be very useful for taking these kinds of photos...

Comment #3

When I was doing shots for ebay auctions I used a homemade light tent (depending on the size you need, this will cost you between 5 to 200$, DIY, google it or ask if you can't find it) and a point and shoot with selectable focus point and some options like exposure compensation (200$ ?, any will do) on a tripod (50$ for a cheap one). I did shoot using the video out of the camera connected to a TV (well, I already had this one) because my camera didn't have a swivel LCD (it was very small anyway, much better on a TV)..

Twruble wrote:.

My hubby has put a new digital camera on his xmas wish list this yearhowever I am not sure which way to turn. He wants a camera that takesvery good close ups... he has a hobby store on ebay and will beregularily posting pictures of small parts and accessories. I'm notlooking to break the bank here but would like to find him somethingthat takes good pictures and does the trick. A bigger (wider?) lenseis something of importance. Any suggestions would be greatlyappreciated...

Comment #4

Obviously a DSLR is going to give the best photos with a pricey lens. If that breaks the bank, you might take a look at Canon's Powershot SD870..

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It is in a completely different category from the DSLRs but I was playing around with one the other day and I was pretty impressed with the macro setting on it. It has the ability to take really clear closeups...

Comment #5

Keqwow wrote:.

Obviously a DSLR is going to give the best photos with a pricey lens.If that breaks the bank, you might take a look at Canon's PowershotSD870..

Http://www.circuitcity.com/.../190718/catOid/-16941/rpem/ccd/productDetail.doIt is in a completely different category from the DSLRs but I wasplaying around with one the other day and I was pretty impressed withthe macro setting on it. It has the ability to take really clearcloseups..

I'll second that. I have an older version of it and it's a great all-around camera. Only possible downside is that it's very small. That's an advantage to most people, but some have a hard time holding them..

Walmart sells a light tent setup just for Ebayers. Cheap...

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Twruble wrote:.

My hubby has put a new digital camera on his xmas wish list this yearhowever I am not sure which way to turn. He wants a camera that takesvery good close ups... he has a hobby store on ebay and will beregularily posting pictures of small parts and accessories. I'm notlooking to break the bank here but would like to find him somethingthat takes good pictures and does the trick. A bigger (wider?) lenseis something of importance. Any suggestions would be greatlyappreciated..

Check out the Canons S2, S3, & S5, all have a supermacro feature that can focus @ 0.0mm, & with that an coin can actually be sitting on the lens..

25 years as a freelancer,(news,magazine, wedding photography) camera equip. over the years: Practica MLT, Canon A1, Minolta 9xi, 7xi, Dimage Z1,Fuji 5200,Canon S2,Pentax K100D,Olympus 380(see my Z1 shots at http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v104/Buckl/ the COMMUNITY album was done with the Z1, and most of the photos in the album:Other were w/the Z1)..

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