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  1. Wortown Mick

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    Im havin a hard time taking detailed cylinder pics, anyone know a few tricks?
     
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    Canon 40D and a macro lens:clap: I shoot with a 20D.
     
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    D300 with a macro.. and ring flash :greenchainsaw:
     
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    I wanted a slr and some lenses when I was boarding alot but have had more imporant expenses since.

    Im thinking with a normal digi cam. I noticed with my sisters concave makeup mirror its got about a 5x zoom & light. I should be able to keep the camera farther away to preserve the focal length I think its called?

    Either way, its probably the best way to take some pics of my 7900's P/C for porting & blueprinting reference.
     
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    Depth of focus is the enemy... so crank up the light, and the f-stop. Use a Tripod and remote release for closeup work..
     
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    First off what camera do you have, then maybe I can advise you better. You can do really well with a point & shoot Camera. I have a Digital Rebel XT, its really nice entry SLR camera, does plenty more then I know. I also have a Cannon A720IS the last few pics I posted were taken with that. Unless you want to spend huge $$$$$$$$$ on a SLR and Macro gear, get a good point and shoot camera. I have $2000 into my Rebel, and I don't have any Macro spicific Lens's, but it still does decent at it, you just need to have a good Idea on what your doing.
     
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    Less pricey is the (Nikon) D80. Ring flash is nice... but not needed.

    Macro lens, like a Nikkor 105mm F/2.8 VRII would be nice. Spendy though.

    I have a D80 with a Nikkor 18-200 zoom. Works for me.
     
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    go analogue, still years ahead...
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    Good Choices

    I use a D200 with 18-70 kit lens but a D40 or D40X with the 18-55 VR kit lens will work great also. The VR allows hand holding with the slower shutter speeds. The Macro Nikkor is great but not needed, and the 10.2MP of the D40x allows you to crop and enlarge, so you don't have to be in "macro" close!

    Al :cheers: :cheers:
     
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    a good website with extensive reviews. I don't take my time to read them just the conclusion. I prefer one of the newer compact models with regular batteries from #### or Canon. I also like the possibility to make a quick video when I need it and not going always to get the videokamera.

    http://www.imaging-resource.com/

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    I have a Canon S3, it's amazing, best camera I've owned. Takes great detail shots.
     
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    No way. My professional photography brother has dumped all his film cameras for digital now. All Nikons, some Leicas. I have done the same. Digital now has the capacity for film quality photos up to 11x16.

    Now film cameras are years behind. And film? I can download my photos in 12 seconds... and process them on my laptop. The money saved on film and processing will pay for the camera and lenses in short order.
     
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    I had a D40x for a while, but I returned it and got the D80. The D40/D40x is just too limited in too many critical areas, IMO. I have yet to try the 18-55 VR. I had the 18-55 and 55-200 VR set with the D40x. I could not quite get my photos to pop the way I wanted, and I did not like changing lenses. The sensors in these cameras is very sensitive to dust. One lens is easier... no changing lenses, no dust, simpler system. VR is the way to go!

    Personally I would (and did) pay more for the lens than the camera... and I agree on the D40x over the D40. More pixils means sharper images and easier enlarging.
     
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    I mentioned the D40 and to some degree the D40X as an alternative to the point and shoot budget that Wortown Mick was hinting at. No question the D80 is more sophisticated . . . also twice as much $$$$ as the D40. the big advantage of the D40 over the Point and Shoot is the sensor is larger in the SLRs than in the PS cameras. That results in better quality images!
    Al :cheers: :cheers:
     
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    yeah don't worry, i know everyone's switching. If I couldn't take my time and had money to spend on it I'd go digital too. But it is a way for an amateur to produce high quality prints without investing in expensive gear (I do all my own developing/printing), and sometimes I think the tonal ranges and deep blacks are slightly stronger. But maybe I'm seeing what I want to see, and haven't looked hard enough. But damn those old Nikons are tough!

    Also, what about above 11x16, I know it's not relevant here, but isn't 50 ASA equal to 50 megapixels? Then there's medium format...
     
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    I have the Canon XT that works pretty good. I want to get into full frame but the wife wont let me spend the money now.

    Anyway, I would get into a DSLR but only get the base model. For what you are doing you dont need all the bells the other units have. Then just invest in a nice macro lens and get some lights that will work good for your application.
     
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    What are you shooting with? I have a Canon G3 (really old point and shoot) it has a button with a pic of a flower that puts it in macro mode. From about two feet out I can zoom in for some really nice detail shots.

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    Hafta llok for some closer shots later but this is my Rebel with the Canon 100 macro. Nice lens.

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    It is not always necessary to shoot macro. Don't forget that you can crop in and enlarge very easily with digital. It may take a little work to find the best way to focus on the area that you want to enlarge, but it is a work around if you cannot do macro.
     

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