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Re: [Mid-CT-Photography-Meetup] Camera

From: Monte
Sent on: Saturday, February 11, 2012 7:22 PM
Well since everyone is chiming in, I'll throw in a couple of things.
I shoot with glasses and never in 20 years have I used a diopter adjustment, it's there but too much trouble. Maybe it depends on bifocals, trifocals and then it might be a necessity.
A resolution should not be a concern, you won't find a camera with too low of a resolution today unless it's older than 6 years.

As others mentioned, a great place to start is figuring out a budget what you wish to spend and stick to it. Sorry Joe, but I have to completely disagree with a camera feel. Camera is a tool and we pick the right one for the job, just like I would not choose a hammer in place of tweezers just because it feels better in my hand. I do agree that it will make a difference down the road when you find yourself with a camera that will not live up to your needs.
If you plan to do a lot of macro and that's your main passion, get a small entry level dslr ($500 range, Canon, Nikon, Pentax) and a macro lens 60mm or 90mm (can be inexpensive from third party Tamron, Sigma). If you don't wish to spend that much or want a smaller camera, most makers have fantastic quality all-in-one cameras for under $500 and they will let you shoot close ups. My main recommendation for macro, get one with a swivel/swing out screen as this is one thing I always miss with my slr camera, again, glasses won't be an issue when using a screen. There are even few dslr models with such screens. Most important, get a brand camera that your friends use for extra "lens benefits". 
Depending on your macro shots you plan on making, think if you will need to use the lights in the future, flash or constant , then you'd want to make sure the camera will have a flash mount (on camera flash big no for macro). Check which camera will have a remote control, which will make your shooting easier. Do some pricing, ask more questions and good luck.


Monte. 

On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM, Joe <[address removed]> wrote:
The best place to see EVERYTHING is in New York City, specifically B&H Photo and Adorama. Depending on what you're looking for, many places will have some cameras, such as Best Buy, BJ's, Sam's Club, Costco, various department stores.
As far as brand goes, many are good: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Fuji, Sony, Ricoh, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung. I'd have to know more about your photographic intentions and your budget before narrowing it down too much. However, I'll tell you what I tell everyone: The camera that feels best in your hands is the one to get. That makes a huge difference down the road.
There are plenty of resources on the web to help you decide (or further confuse you!), such as http://www.dpreview.com/.
Just keep asking people questions and try to get yourself to at least a department store, if not NYC, to look over the different cameras. It can be overwhelming, so really think about your goal, as this will help to narrow your choices.
Joe


On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 14:48, Linda <[address removed]> wrote:
Thank you  -that is very good information. Do you know of any brand names that have these features? No camera shops around me that I know of.
Lin

From: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [Mid-CT-Photography-Meetup] Camera
To: [address removed]
Date: Fri, 10 Feb[masked]:59:21 -0500

An APS sensor is found in most consumer-grade DSLR cameras and a few smaller cameras. It is about half the size of a single frame of 35mm film. Most point and shoot cameras have much smaller sensors. In general and for simplicity's sake, the smaller the sensor, the more noise (or grain) you will see in an image. Also, the less depth of field you will have. I don't want to get too technical right now, though I'm sure John can explain these things in more detail. This link should help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APS-C
I wear glasses all the time and mostly use DSLRs with no difficulty. Most DSLRs have a dipoter adjustment on the viewfinder to accommodate different eyes. This will likely be good enough for you, though a visit to a camera shop would ensure this. Most point and shoot cameras are used at arm's length using the LCD screen on the back of the camera. Using a P&S, you would simply position the camera at a length that is clear to your eyes.
Keep in mind I'm generalizing with all this; otherwise, this topic could get overwhelming. And others in our group certainly have much insight that is helpful.
So we can help you better, what is your budget? And what is your intention with the final images: Web or print?
Joe

On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 12:35, Linda <[address removed]> wrote:
what is an APS sensor?  Is there a certain camera that allows for those of us who wear reading glasses?
 

From: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [Mid-CT-Photography-Meetup] Camera
To: [address removed]
Date: Fri, 10 Feb[masked]:15:49 -0500

This is quite true.
The only thing I would add is that if Linda is looking to print at large sizes and retain decent quality, say 8" x 10" and larger, perhaps a 4/3 or APS sensor would suit her needs better. That's assuming her budget allows for it. If all she wants is to post pics on the Web, point and shoot is a good way to go.


On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 09:31, michael <[address removed]> wrote:
not for nothing Linda, if a majority of what you want to do is Macro shots, most point and shoot cameras will get you there, much cheaper than a DSLR.  lots of good choices in the P&S category are extremely capable at macro work.


On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM, Linda <[address removed]> wrote:
I wonder if you might help me in picking out a beginners camera. The issue i have is that I need glasses for close up.  I liek to take macro images of outside , as well as taking manufactured parts form 1 to 10 inches in size.
 
Linda Day




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