Which camera for coral macro shots

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  1. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi all

    Im looking to purchase a new camera mainly for taking good quality macro shots of my corals

    I have a Cannon Ixus950
    and previoulsy have a Cannon power shot A580
    and my wife has a Sony Cyber shot

    neither of these has given me the clarity or focus, that I see in other peoples coral shots

    and all of these 3 have been tried with a tri pod

    so any suggestions at to what brand and model to look for would be appreciated

    Steve
     
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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I have a Canon Power Shot SX20 IS.
     
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  4. RedGambit

    RedGambit Giant Squid

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    My Nikon L100, does well. I wish the zoom would zoom in further. It is a fantastic camera for capturing fast moving fish though, Ill give it that. I however don't have a tripod and Do everything by hand.

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    heres a Picture in macro mode of a new baby tree coral, It was taken probably 15-18" away on the macro mode:
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  5. SkyFire

    SkyFire Clown Trigger

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    Good question as my good camera has decided to quit taking good pictures so I'm in the market for a new one.
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I to use a Cannon Powershot.

    While I know nothing about photograhy, I think regardless of the camera you use ( within reason ) you may get one faily good shoot out of approximately 40 pictures of the same subject. After doing a smidgen of reseach I have found that the macro is best used between 11-6 inches from the subject. I never use any magnification.


    I have never photoshopped an image in my life, have no idea how, but contrast, saturation, brightness adjustments via photobucket, piccaso..... all can really make a difference as well as sharpen.

    On your build thread the images with the tripod are noticable better. If you can afford a new camera excellent. If not I am pretty confident that with a good deal of practice, with a photomedia, your current camera settings you will see improvement in photo quality over time.

    Oh and the little book that comes with camera (manual ) can really be of assistance when reviewed, but only after 3 cups of coffee.

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  7. dharrill

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    Super Macro Digital

    Take the advice of this old photographer, if you can afford a SLR with a micro lense that is the way to go. It will cost but will be well worth it. If you want a point and shoot the best are in my opinion the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 (it has a Lica lense) or Canon Powershot S90 or Powershot SX10 (but if you can afford the later just bite the bullet and get an SLR).
     
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  9. newguy420

    newguy420 Skunk Shrimp

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    I just got a Nikon d3000. It's a Dslr and it was only $450. It's an amazing camera with very precise optics and a large surface area image sensor which is why Dslr is a much superior photo quality to a point and shoot. Read up about image sensor area etc. It's easily worth $450....
     
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  10. dharrill

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    newguy, you may want to try a tameron micro lense it will cost you less than Nikon glass and will take great pictures. I used on for years to shot wedding details and such. You just don't use a micro enough to pay for nikon glass.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I hadn't gotten any other lenses yet. But I was looking to get a telephoto lens and also I read about an accessory that adds on to the existing 18-55 lens I have now for macro shots. Is that what you're talking about? I dont remember the brand though.
     
  12. dharrill

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    no the tameron is a true macro 1:1 macro 85mm I believe. I have heard of the accessories to make a regular lense similar to a macro but I've never used on. The best place to pick up lenses is a reputatible dealer on ebay. Have fun!