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Macro photography


rosscoe 12 1
15 Nov 2002 7:14PM
I want to buy a digital camera. First and foremost I would like to take pictures of small insects (5-20mm), therefore, I need a camera with a good macro facility. I would like to know what the best digital camera on the market is in this respect? The macro facility of the Ricoh cameras is very good and is the best I have seen. Even their cheap (170) Caplio RR120 can focus as close as 2.5cm. I am looking to spend about 250, but will consider spending more for a good piece of kit

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Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
15 Nov 2002 10:15PM
Ricoh and Nikon have the best close focus although attachment lenses can be added to others.
Will 13 1.8k United Kingdom
15 Nov 2002 10:36PM
Welcome to ePHOTOzine Ross!
Don't forget to check out our close-up/macro technique section.
sallybea 4 41 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 10:35PM
Hi All, I am fairly new to photography, belong to my local photographic club where I have been surprised to see that even new members can sometimes compete with the oldies. I am totally bitten by the bug, literally. I have started getting really close to them my new macro lens. It has been a real eye opener, fascinating to discover that behind the lens of my camera I am starting to begin to recognise that even little critters have the most fascinating behaviour patterns. I can't wait to get out there again soon! Cheers Sally
cambirder 10 7.2k England
12 May 2010 11:22PM

Quote:I would like to know what the best digital camera on the market is in this respect?


Any DSLR plus a macro lens, if you have the budget.
Chrism8 8 752 14 England
13 May 2010 5:55PM

Quote:Any DSLR plus a macro lens, if you have the budget.


Not forgetting the decent Tripod plus an electronic release and plenty of patience !

Chris
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
13 May 2010 6:00PM

Quote:I am starting to begin to recognise that even little critters have the most fascinating behaviour patterns. I can't wait to get out there again soon!

The view through a macro lens can be a real eye opener...glad you're enjoying it Sally and warm welcome to ePHOTOzine Smile
lawbert 7 1.8k 15 England
13 May 2010 6:22PM

Quote:
The view through a macro lens can be a real eye opener...glad you're enjoying it Sally and warm welcome to ePHOTOzine Smile



I would totally agree with the above, the welcome and the view through a Macro lense really does open up a whole new world that you would otherwise walk by without a second look.

Macro is a fascinating element of photography and its now that all the insects are waking up and hatching so its a great time of year to get started.
randyy 4 6
15 May 2010 11:20AM
Hello,



You have to use a macro lens for this type of photography. I think Nikon provide good camera's of this type. so i think you have to go with that. but the budget of these kind of camera is little bit higher than others.


good luck

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User_Removed 5 1.4k England
15 May 2010 12:56PM

Quote:The view through a macro lens can be a real eye opener...glad you're enjoying it Sally and warm welcome to ePHOTOzine Smile

I would totally agree with the above, the welcome and the view through a Macro lense really does open up a whole new world that you would otherwise walk by without a second look.

Macro is a fascinating element of photography and its now that all the insects are waking up and hatching so its a great time of year to get started.



Take it a set further and get into Photomicroscopy Wink

Most point and shoots have really good macro features, the Caplio RR120 you mentioned even though cheap has quite good macro performance. So its really down to your personal preference and trying out in store!
lawbert 7 1.8k 15 England
15 May 2010 6:39PM
I used to have a Canon Powershot S2 is which had a very good macro facility which I bought an adapter for and was able to use Raynox close focus filters.
Im not sure of the Current Canon line up but I believe the prefix for the range now is powershot sx......
They are well worth looking into beacuse as you progress you will have a system that you can expand and build upon as you wish.
Thincat 7 616
17 May 2010 9:41PM
Like Cambirder said, to do real macro you need a DSLR and a macro lens - not cheap. A DSLR with a dedicated macro lens will get you a 1:1 image - so the image is the same size on the sensor as in real life. If you use extension tubes you can go further. I don't think there are any compact cameras that do better than 1:4 - I could be wrong, but I haven't seen any. You can of course get closer by adding a close-up lens. HAving said that there are advantages to the small sensor compacts. They have a much bigger depth of field and DOF is the killer for macro photography using DSLRs. You end up having to use tiny apertures to get the insect in focus and, to get a fast enough exposure, you often need ring flashes. Nothing is simple.
BigRick 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
17 May 2010 9:46PM
I love that people are ... again... answering the OP even though the post was about 8 years ago .... i know that the new member might have just wanted to comment on the topic,, but giving advice about what camera to get might be missing the boat....... maybe the DATE POSTED should be made bigger Tongue Wink Smile
paperboy 5 208
17 May 2010 10:23PM
You mean this isn't 2002.......damn I hate it when I lose 8 years. Last time was in the 60s'.
sallybea 4 41 United Kingdom
20 May 2010 7:06PM
Good old Rick, lovely that you have a sense of humour - trust a newby to not have noticed that she had missed 8 years of her life without even noticing it. The time sure goes by when you are having fun!

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