micro photo help!!!
Hello I am intrested in buying a digital camera..but I have a few questions before I shell out the big bucks! ok I have been shooting macro photographs with my 35mm and extension tubes for a while now, I would like to find a digital camera that will do the same thing for me, basicly I guess I'm looking for a digital camera, with a detachable lens,( to attach extension tubes ) and has the ability to capture a few seconds of video, the image size doesnt really have to be that big, 720 486, is really what the majority of I'm images would get scaled down to ( for video ) this is pretty much all I need it to do, any thoughts on what camera I should persue???? thanks a bunch!..

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Digital slrs, which would be usable with extension tubes as you are used to, can not take movies. Depending on model, you can take a burst of shots in a continuous mode, but that's at a much slower rate than traditional video frame rates. Briefly, the sensors aren't the same as the sensors used in video cameras of non-slr digicams which can be sampled quickly enough for "movies." Also the mirror/shutter mechanicals aren't designed to support video. There are some digicams which will take video at 640x480, etc. Whether they will support macro in video modes probably depends on the model. My Fuji S602 doesn't seem to at a quick glance.

I think if video is a need, then starting with video cams may be more productive...

Comment #1

Just a question. What is the size of the objects you are taking macros of? The reason for the question is that many digital cameras have far better macro abilities than 35mm film cameras and so may not need extension rings. The camera I am familiar with, Nikon Coolpix 995 has a minimum macro focal length of 2cm which is incredibly small, covering an area of under 1 sq inch. Combine it with a Cool-Light SL-1 you should be able to take video in macro. Nikon cameras in general seem to be highly regarded for their macro capabilities. The 995 is now superceded but the 4500 or others are likely to do the job you want...

Comment #2

Thanks mark.

Most of the objects I take using macros are pretty small.

Insects, leaves, coins, basicly things that will fit in the palm of your hand!.

Still think the nikon is the way to go?..

Comment #3

Without knowing you I am loathe to recommend any specific camera or brand but rather I sought to provide you with some ideas which you may choose to explore to achieve the best solution to your requirements. I, and many others are happy with Nikon, and Nikon has an excellent reputation for their macro ability. They are possibly the only producer of a ring light for macro photography - certainly for non SLR cameras - that I know of. Assuming you don't want to go to the expense of an SLR type camera (swappable lenses etc) then Nikon would be an excellent choice. IF you want to go the SLR route then the field would be a little wider - but not by much. Hope this helps...

Comment #4

You can probably add to your list the Fuji S602z. It can focus at 1 cm with a resolution of 2832x2128. Just a thought. Mike..

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