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SLR or a SLR-like- help me
Since 2002 I own a Minolta Dimage F100, which I like very much. But it is now a little old-fashioned and have some disfunctions..

I intend to buy a new camera which I can get close to flowers (makro) and which I can use as a travel camera (easy to carry)Since I do not want to change lenses there are 2 alternatives1) a SLR-like compact.

2) SLR camera with one lens.

I have looked around here and other photosights for some time now and I am now very confused.I live in a small place far from wellequipped stores.I can spend up to max 1000 dollars.Please give an old lady some advices (in simple english so I understand)Thank You..

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Ludviga wrote:.

Since 2002 I own a Minolta Dimage F100, which I like very much. Butit is now a little old-fashioned and have some disfunctions.I intend to buy a new camera which I can get close to flowers(makro) and which I can use as a travel camera (easy to carry)Since I do not want to change lenses there are 2 alternatives1) a SLR-like compact.

2) SLR camera with one lens.

I have looked around here and other photosights for some time nowand I am now very confused.I live in a small place far from wellequipped stores.I can spend up to max 1000 dollars.Please give an old lady some advices (in simple english so I understand)Thank You..

Comment #1

SLR-like cameras are quite good for macros especially because of the larger DOF..

For travel a good camera would be also a SLR-like since it can give you more flexibility in a small package..

With a SLR you will have to bring a couple of lenses and the body and another macro lens (for macros). The quality of macros will be very difficult to obtain because you have to stop down quite a bit.The pure quality of the photos will be only if you have a good lens for the bodyVictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

Comment #2

As your first need is a light camera that you can use to take macro photos with hand-held I think you need an SLR-like camera..

I would suggest you consider a Canon S5 ( or older S3 ). This also has an IS system to help avoid camera shake. It has a good macro mode and is a good all round camera..

You might also consider a compact like one of the Canon Powershots, which are light and generally very capable. They have less zoom, but are quite good..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #3

Thank You Victor and Stephen,.

I have been so impressed of what photos you can get with a DSLR camera so I thought I needed it for my purposes, But you are right. It is more handy to bring a compact or a DSLR-like along.There are some cameras I looked up here in the buying guide.

Panasonic FZ8.

Canon SD870Canon S5 ISCanon G9.

Have you any opinion which is best for me?.

Ludviga..

Comment #4

Ludviga wrote:.

... I intend to buy a new camera which I can get close to flowers(makro) and which I can use as a travel camera (easy to carry)Since I do not want to change lenses there are 2 alternatives1) a SLR-like compact.

2) SLR camera with one lens.

Have you considered a Canon G9? It's not SLR like in appearance, but it is in most aspects of picture quality. Actually, it's shape is like the original 35mm Leica. It has an traditional optical viewer, as well as a large LCD viewer on the back. My wife has a Canon G9, and it performs very well as a travel camera. It also has a very good macro function that allows focusing as close as 1 cm..

I recommend against an SLR for your uses because they are heavy, large and require accessories in order to do macro. Also, if you carry only one lens, you will be losing one iof the major advantages of an SLR, which is the ability to change lenses..

Good luck in your selection.JerryG.

See my galleries at:http://www.pbase.com/jerryg1..

Comment #5

I don't know which is the best for you but for me it would be a tough decision between Canon S5 and Canon G9.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

Comment #6

Yes-I am thinking of Canon G9 also..

I have also looked at Panasonic DMC-TZ3. But I see that there is neither optical or electronic viewfinder in it. What disadvantages ? I understand that you cannot look in the LCD for the view. How do I find the view with that camera?Birgitta..

Comment #7

Hi:.

I've looked at the specifications for the cameras that you show and it looks like the best Canon for you is the S5IS. It has a 12X Optical Zoom and a 6-72mm lens (35mm equiv. to 36mm-432mm) that gives you the ability to do just about any kind of shooting. It is an 8mp camera which is great for most non-professionals. It also has an electronic view finder, so you can take pictures without looking at the LCD.The retail cost is $399.95. It looks like a Digital SLR..

The S5IS cannot shoot RAW files which the G9 can. If this is important to you. The G9 has a 7.4-44.4mm lens (35mm equiv. 35-210mm) which as you can see the S5IS gives you a greater zoom capability than the G9. For an all around camera I think this is the one, in my opinion, and it costs $100 less than the G9...

Comment #8

For composition you can use of course LCD in the compact cameras and some dSLRs..

Although Panasonic TZ3 is quite noisy it's an interesting camera with very little manual control.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

Comment #9

Small, IS and terrific macro features..

A dedicated macro lens, in a DSLR is going to take at least half of your budget, all by itself, without a camera body to go with it.Dave PattersonMidwestshutterbug.com'When the light and composition are strong, nobodynotices things like resolution or pincushion distortion'Gary Friedman..

Comment #10

These are very personal views so please remember that..

I think you would be happier with the Canon S5 IS..

Firstly the smaller cameras are harder to use when zoomed out. They are also ( for me ) harder to use for macro photos. The larger body is better for both..

The G9 I do not recommend to you because it is small but as heavy as a larger camera. While it gives good image quality it is not so much better that you will notice. My own view is that the S5 lens is better than the G9 lens..

I rarely recommend Panasonics. They have more noise than the other cameras at similar settings..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #11

Sjgcit wrote:.

These are very personal views so please remember that..

How true that is for for every post in this thread. It is very hard for anyone to choose a suitable camera from other people's opinions. If there are no nearby camera stores, perhaps there is a camera club or other organization that will connect you to owners of cameras you are considering. If not, consider making a trip to someplace where you can see, hold, and operate a few cameras..

There are many "good" cameras to choose from, but not all will feel comfortable in your hands or be right for your eyes. Unless you can hold it, look through the viewfinder, and operate some of the controls, you won't really know if a camera is right for you.JerryG.

See my galleries at:http://www.pbase.com/jerryg1..

Comment #12

Thank you for your advise..

You are right ,i have to go to a well equipped photostore and find out how the different cameras I am thinking of feel in my hands..

Even if I am rather sick to get a DSLR camera due to the better optic possibilities I think I will keep my choice to a compact one- but a better one than my Minolta..

Ludviga..

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