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Help me choose a camera for my job!
HI everyone,.

As part of my new job, I have to completely set up my lab. I was thinking about getting a dSLR camera as part of my equipment. While cost isn't a HUGE factor (after all, it isn't my money), I am working with a limited budget which I also need to use to buy more expensive lab equipment (science lab)..

I was thinking of an low range/introductor dSLR camera. I will mostly be using it for taking pictures out in the field when I go out to some collection sites, as well as potentially taking pictures of mounted insect specimens. Maybe eventually I will also get a hookup to take photoes through a microscope. (Of course, I will probably also take it with me when I go on personal trips and such, but that will just be for "work" photos)..

Anyway, I was thinking about getting a Sony Alpha 300. It looks like a pretty decent camera, and it has image stabilization built in. The kit comes with a 18-70mm lens, and I was thinking about getting a Tamron 75-300mm lens (http://www.amazon.com/...UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1208808926&sr=8-1) as well..

Now, part of the photography I may be doing in the field is insect photography from a distance, so I like the tamron because I can stay away from the insect and still get in close for a nice shot (telemacro I guess?). And I think the 18-70 mm lens can work as a pseudo-macro lens in the lab as well..

Does anyone else have any suggestions - either for a camera, or for lenses (or additional equipment) that might be beneficial. The camera and lens I have listed above I should be able to get for about $800, plus buying a camera bag, maybe a tripod (or monopod). While I could spend a little more, I probably don't want to go over $1500 total for everything..

I currently have a Panasonic FZ18, which could PROBABLY do the job, but it would be nice to get a dSLR. I was also thinking about maybe getting a Panasonic FZ50..

Chris..

Comments (6)

Canon and Nikon make excellent cameras and a reasonable variety of macro lenses, plus Sigma macro lenses comes in versions to fit both Canon and Nikon..

The bottom of the line current/newest Nikon (D60) and Canon (REbel XSi) would both solve your problem. The Sigma 70mm lens or the Canon 100/Nikon 105 macro lenses would solve your bug problem..

BAK..

Comment #1

The Canon looks nice, but doesn't have built in IS. To get a 300mm lens with IS will probably cost at least $350 or $400, right? That brings to total cost to $1300 (give or take), not counting any extra equipment..

Same thing with the D60, right?.

Chris..

Comment #2

Just looking at another camera, the Olympus Evolt 510..

Any comments on it?..

Comment #3

Probably I do not understand how could you perform without macro lense doing your scientific pictures. Later or faster this will be question Nr.1 for you, so solve it at the very beginning..

If you do not want invest a big amount, save on brandnames and order Sigma for SONY mount, for example:http://www.sigma-photo.com/.../lenses_all_details.asp?id=3253&navigator=5.

Look also on another macro lenses from Sigma. Probably anothert focal length is best choice for you.look and make your decisions..

Good luck,Agris Miksagris...

Comment #4

Cjvitek wrote:.

Just looking at another camera, the Olympus Evolt 510..

Any comments on it?.

It would be a very good option, add to it the 35mm $200 macro lens(a very sharp bargain lens), the $450 50mm macro lens(one of the sharpest lenses made at any price) or the $399 sigma 105mm macro for extra working distance and you would have a very capable kit for your budget...

Comment #5

I think A300, A350 will be good choice.Kit lens will work fine for everyday lab work..

For live insect macro shots you can ebay.

Minolta 100mm f/2.8 AF macro lens - astonishing optical quality,Or buy Sigma 105mm f/2.8, or Sigma 150mm f/2.8.

You will also need ring flash - Minolta A mount compatible..

Http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

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