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Old Apr 22, 2006, 9:52 PM   #1
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I find it is far easier to take close-up(not exactly macro) shots with
a P&S: tilt LCD, small, light weight, live preview, you could use the
flash as long as exp.comp. is set to -2 or shutter speed is 1/1000 or
faster, cheap.
SLR bodies + macro lenses are too heavy, you have to hold them to your
face, no tilt LCD, no live preview(except Oly E330); simply too much hassle for macro.

Using a P&S in Macro mode, I get F 2.69 and my pics look almost 3D,
with the subject sticking out of the background.
Using zoom in auto, I could get the same shots but not the aperture values.

As such, I have to say, for my macro needs P&S is better.
For insects, micro-photography, controlled studio shots DSLR would be better.

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Old Apr 22, 2006, 9:56 PM   #2
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Post some comparison shots. I'd like to see your work.
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Old Apr 23, 2006, 4:25 AM   #3
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I agree, non-SLR can be excellent for macros/close ups. Sure SLRs can produce better results (with approriate lenses) but they would require more time/controlled environment.
Also better non-SLRs throttle down flash well for macros.

Especially short DOF of SLRs would cause lot of problems in handheld macros because of close ups/macros shorten DOF even further.
Taking this kind shot with SLR would propably be quite impossible without somekind tripod because of that extremely short DOF.

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