looking for a good digital for close up photography

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Old 08-21-04, 05:40 PM
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looking for a good digital for close up photography

I would liked to get some opinions on a digital setup to photgragh things such as coins, rings, etc.. that will give me good detail. Thanks
 
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Old 08-21-04, 09:36 PM
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Smile A little info please.

How are you?

Macro is a term used to describe the close in shooting like you describe. Can you give us a $ ball park? Do you want an SLR or a Point & shoot. Is this all you want to do with the Camera is close in work?

Some good reading on your subject.

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6501_7-...ml?legacy=cnet

http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~parsog/photo/macro.html


Every camera has it's closet range it will take a Pic, & many are too far to take what you & I what to shoot. However let us know how much $ & what Brand, & type Camera, & we will do our best to steer you in the right direction.
 

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Old 08-22-04, 05:25 AM
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Start by looking at all the specs for various digitals.
I was looking for the same thing four years ago and bought the Nikon Coolpix 950. It can focus down to less than an inch. I'm not familiar with the newer models. If you go digital slr you'll probably have to add an extra lens. But some of the point and shoots will focus down pretty close.

here's a sample:
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Old 08-22-04, 07:46 AM
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Do you already have a digital camera and what make and model is it?

The biggest challenge is the camera's minimum focus distance and lighting.

The built in flash on any camera will not properly light a subject when close.
If your camera doesn't have a hot shoe for a removeable flash, you could use two white cards on some type of adjustable stand to reflect light onto the subject. These stands can be something as simple as a bent wire that would allow you to position the cards to cast the light onto the object.
I would first try this in a bright window with the camera between the object and the light.
You can then use the cards to eliminate the shadow of the camera.

Another thing that makes the object stand out is to use a contrasting background cloth that has no pattern.
I picked up a 3' x 5' piece of brand new black felt on a roll for two dollars at a garage sale.
 
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Old 08-22-04, 12:48 PM
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Fred What is the Pic of?

Fred that looks like some type of beetle. What is it? Also is this a night shot using a flash?

You will recieve a lot of excellant info here at DIY. A quick link on close ups.

http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-...?msg_id=000Pfg
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Old 08-22-04, 01:31 PM
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Hi Miguel,

I guess it is a beetle type -
it's a firefly at about 2 1/2 inches with flash.
I chased those buggers around four evenings in a row to get a decent shot - NOT EASY!.

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Old 08-22-04, 04:29 PM
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thanks for the replies. I currently have n olympus D-560 zoom. I also have regular Nikon camera's with macro fliters but want the ability to take pictures of my metal detecting finds and be able to show them on different forums without waiting for development of film
 
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Old 08-22-04, 08:40 PM
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bogiedot,

I checked the specs and your camera has a focus range of 8" to 20".
I would suggest using a tripod and a ruler to make sure you don't get any closer than 8" from the front of the lens.
I would assume you will play with this to see if you can get what you want out of your existing camera.

Have you tried macro on your camera and what was the result.

Choosing a camera is very difficult because of the glut of digital cameras on the market.
If you want any purchase advice you would do well to let us know what your expectations are and a price range.
 
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Old 08-23-04, 08:55 AM
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Thumbs up Digital Camera Choices.

bogiedot asked:

I would liked to get some opinions on a digital setup to photgragh things such as coins, rings, etc.. that will give me good detail.
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Shooting distance: 30cm (11.8") normal, 2cm (0.8") macro (Nikon Coolpix 950 ) That is less than 1" inch, & if you shop around for rebates, sales, Reman, or e-Bay you can find a great deal on one.

Since you have a Digi Cam now. I assumed you wanted a new rig that would take good clear close in Pictures.

0.8" of an inch has most Digitals under $1000 beat hands down. If you research this Camera it just may fit your needs. Best of luck in your choice.
 

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Old 08-23-04, 10:49 AM
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bogiedot: Is this the kind of information you were looking for?

I find macro to be an enjoyable part of photography and am trying to find the time to spend on it.
Lighting is the single biggest chalenge as the lens distance makes the lighting set-up more important than the camera in a lot of cases.
The suggestions I offered about the reflectors will work to some extent but the ultimate accessory is a ring strobe, is what most pros use and is on my to-get list.
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<img src="http://www.dcresource.com/Ringflash/Pix/Product_sm.jpg">
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If your camera doesn't have a hot shoe you can use a slave to fire the remote strobe.
This little device will clip onto a standard camera strobe and fire it when it senses the light from the camera mounted strobe with out being connected to the camera.
I have a couple in one of my camera bags but havn't had the time to try it out and they aren't very expensive.
You would have to improvise a way of shielding the object from the cameras strobe but redirect the light to fire the slave.
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