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I need advice on buying a new camera, I am a sign maker with no real experience in photography I need to buy a GOOD all round camera that will allow me to do the following. close up, building/shop fronts, sports sideline action. Reasons why I have a 54" wide format digital printer as part of my equipment, I often get asked for large signs so that they can have local events printed, the main problem is with supplied images that they are to small and when I enlarge them there is no quality. I also need to take a photo of a building that requires a new sign bring it into my software and impose the new design allowing the customer an idea of how the new sign will appear.I would also like to do really sharp close up work for pleasure. I have visited a few camera shops, I only seem to get a sales person who is happy to sell me any camera. I have been told I need lots of iso ? am I asking for the earth..

Regards LeadbellyA blunt pencil is better than a sharp memory..

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"lots of ISO"??. You only need a camera that can shoot really high ISO's if you are doing work in low light ( indoors wihtout a flash or Indoor sports). If you are making very large prints what you need is lots of pixels not lots of ISO. Odds are if you look at any image from almost any current digital camera enlarged to 54" you are going to see loss of detail, but if you are standing back a ways it will still look good. Most 54" prints are not meant to be looked at from 12" away anyway..

You didn't mention a price range, but based on your intended uses I would suggest you get a DSLR ( for a beginner, look at the Canon XTi ( 400D) or the Nikon D40. If you budget is a bit more generous try the Canon 40D or the Nikon D80 - there are many other brands, but these are seom of the most popular models). DSLR's are better for sports action shots for a number of reasons. You can put longer, faster tlephoto lenses on them. They have larger sensors which give you less image noise, allow for more control of depth of field, and yes they give better high ISO images which allows you to use faster shutter speeds. WHile many cameras can ro close up (macro) photography now, a DSLR will do it better, but how much better and whether it's worth the extra costs really depends on exactly what type of macro photography you are doing.

If you simply want to take some photos of a few flowers and butterflies in your yard then you can probably get by with a good superzoom camera that has macro capabilities ( Fuji S9100, Panasonic DMC FZ18 etc).

Leadbelly wrote:.

I need advice on buying a new camera, I am a sign maker with no realexperience in photography I need to buy a GOOD all round camera thatwill allow me to do the following. close up, building/shop fronts,sports sideline action. Reasons why I have a 54" wide format digitalprinter as part of my equipment, I often get asked for large signs sothat they can have local events printed, the main problem is withsupplied images that they are to small and when I enlarge them thereis no quality. I also need to take a photo of a building thatrequires a new sign bring it into my software and impose the newdesign allowing the customer an idea of how the new sign willappear.I would also like to do really sharp close up work forpleasure. I have visited a few camera shops, I only seem to get asales person who is happy to sell me any camera. I have been told Ineed lots of iso ? am I asking for the earth..

Regards LeadbellyA blunt pencil is better than a sharp memory.

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Comment #1

Canyou tell us what you mean by closeup?.

If it is pictures of things the size of a hardvover novel, any "kit" lens that comes in a package with a digital single lens reflex is fine, as are the vast majoprity of point and shoot cameras, and the in-between electronic viewfinder cameras..

And remember that if you shoot a picture and blow it up really big, it might not have the professional look your clients want..

More, later..

Need to go walk the dog..

But ifyou need to go buy right now, get a Canon XTi and the 18-55mm kit lens..

BAK..

Comment #2

I agree with the above poster - the canon 40d is a wise choice. Other reviews can be found here....

Http://www.amazon.com/...-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325..

Comment #3

Hello,.

In your case, I would highly recommend the Canon Rebel XTI. The standard 18-55mm lens will allow for wide enough shots as well as close-ups. The 10 Megapixels will also allow for large prints..

The camera is easy to use and gives excellent results. Make sure to use the automatic focus as the manual option does not always give accurate results..

Bye for now!..

Comment #4

The dog is back from her walk..

While we were away, someone recommended the Canon 40D..

It's expensive, and won't take pictures and better than the Canon XTi, as far as you are concerned..

And to get closer than the size of a novel, you can buy a set of closeup lenses that look like filters. Screw one onto the front of the lens you own, and you can get closer. Most of these closeup lenses come in threepacks each of the three gets you closer than the preceding one..

Plus Canaon makes a really good single closeup lens, for, say, filling the frame with a wrist watch face..

High ISO doesn't matter to you..

For mockups you can use a picture from any decent camera, imported into, for instance, Photoshop Elements (under $100 cdn or us) Then you can rough out the sign design, using Elements, for that matter, and stack the sign image on top of the building image..

This can then be printed out on an ink jet printer, displayed on a monitor, put into an e-mail, or sent to a quick digital printer for reproduction. We do this kind of stuff fairly often multilevel ads rather than buildings and signs, but the process is the same. The Printing House, a business-oriented quick digital printer, makes 12 x 18 prints of these things for us for a dollar to process and then a dollar for each print..

Or we send the file to Costco and get an 8x10 print for a dollar and a half within a couple of hours..

BAK..

Comment #5

Leadbelly wrote:.

I need advice on buying a new camera, I am a sign maker with no realexperience in photography I need to buy a GOOD all round camera thatwill allow me to do the following. close up, building/shop fronts,sports sideline action. Reasons why I have a 54" wide format digitalprinter as part of my equipment, I often get asked for large signs sothat they can have local events printed, the main problem is withsupplied images that they are to small and when I enlarge them thereis no quality. I also need to take a photo of a building thatrequires a new sign bring it into my software and impose the newdesign allowing the customer an idea of how the new sign willappear.I would also like to do really sharp close up work forpleasure. I have visited a few camera shops, I only seem to get asales person who is happy to sell me any camera. I have been told Ineed lots of iso ? am I asking for the earth..

Regards LeadbellyA blunt pencil is better than a sharp memory.

This is like asking, what should I eat?, research & match your needs to a camera..

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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