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Looking for High End P&S recommendation for Macro photography
I know what DSLR I would get in a heartbeat, but I don't have the budget for one. I'm researching what my options are in the Point and Shoot realm. Lighting options are problably one of my biggest concerns..

Is there a P&S camera out there that lends itself to Macro photography?.

Is there a P&S camera available that has an optional ring flash/light accessory?.

All of my subjects are inanimate and range in size from 12mm upwards. Most commonly my subjects will be in the 25-50mm range..

Thanks in advance for the replies!..

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What will your subjects exactly be? e.g. in bright sunlight, in low light, is the subject prone to be scared of the cam or not etc.Olympus E-510 w/ dual kit lenses (28-84mm/80-300mm equiv. 35mm)Canon XTi 400D w/ dual lenses (28-88mm/120-480mm equiv. 35mm)..

Comment #1

Also, can you use a tripod when shooting or is it always handheld?.

Olympus E-510 w/ dual kit lenses (28-84mm/80-300mm equiv. 35mm)Canon XTi 400D w/ dual lenses (28-88mm/120-480mm equiv. 35mm)..

Comment #2

I would ideally like to shoot indoors. We have flourescent lighting but I plan to purchase a light set for a copy stand and/or a ring flash or ring light...

Comment #3

Ok, this might sound silly, but take a look at the Canon A650 IS. It might not look like a dedicated macro cam but it has an incredible focus distance and enough megapixel to crop til you drop. Also it has a big sensor for a P&S cam and a 6x zoom..

It'd be my number one pick for this kind of stuff, if the lighting is sufficient..

Olympus E-510 w/ dual kit lenses (28-84mm/80-300mm equiv. 35mm)Canon XTi 400D w/ dual lenses (28-88mm/120-480mm equiv. 35mm)..

Comment #4

Have you looked at the fuji s100fs yet?....if not go to the fuji forum and check out the macro shots they are doing with this amazing camera.FUJI FINEPIX S100FS,FUJI FINEPIX S9000http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12031129733..

Comment #5

In the post below, I posted some examples of my (old) Canon A620, which has much lower resolution, less zoom and a smaller sensor than the A650 that i'd recommend. It really is a great cam for macro shots.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1010&message=27032771.

Olympus E-510 w/ dual kit lenses (28-84mm/80-300mm equiv. 35mm)Canon XTi 400D w/ dual lenses (28-88mm/120-480mm equiv. 35mm)..

Comment #6

I dont think a copystand is a good idea for what you are shooting. Copystands are good at what they are designed for, shooting flat, 2D, art, printed matter, circuit boards, etc. For small electronic components, that would limit you to direct overhead shots..

Also, a dSLR would be a lot easier to use for this kind of work than a P&S, but at considerably more cost. At high magnifications, the depth of field can be incredibly small and manual focusing is so much better..

Brian A...

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