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Old May 12, 2004, 10:41 AM   #1
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I need a camera to take pictures of flowers both close up and not so close. Some will be put on powerpoint and projected so need good resolution? Any suggestions.

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Old May 12, 2004, 10:45 AM   #2
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Depending on your budget, the Nikon CP5400 is very capable of macro shots, not too expensive and has a nice 5MP, only drawback with this camera is its low light focusing ability...other than that it's great! I love mine anyway!
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Old May 12, 2004, 12:57 PM   #3
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ZAK-

Your question creates more questions rather than answers.

Is this a one-time project?

What is your projection size and projection equipment?

How "tight" do you have to get on the subject?

Do you know anything about Photography?

Do you have good post production software?

What is your REAL budget figure for a camera?

The more info you supply, the better responses you will get-
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Old May 12, 2004, 11:52 PM   #4
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Sorry, I know very little about digital photography. Have a Sony Mavica and it does a good job but the LCD is difficult in bright outdoor light. the resolution is too grainy Is not conveinent as is too heavy and bulky

This software I have is limited to Adobe and what was supplied by Sony.

Will be an ongoing project. to cover perhaps several seasons.

Botanical illustration requres good closeups as well as limited widespread area.

I'm not sure about the projection requirements but probably limited to 4' size

No I do not have equipment but will put my material on powerpoint and a disk using a laptop and projector that is available in house.

I will be purchasing the camera hopefully under $500

I also have a Cannon and would use 35 mm slide but cannot find film.

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Old May 13, 2004, 6:45 AM   #5
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Zak-

Take a real hard look at the Kodak 6490. It takes VERY good close up shots. They are going for about $425-$475 and well worth it. Excellent, Zeiss lens. My wife uses hers for some brilliant floral close ups.

Read Steves reviews. He is VERY accurate in his assessments.

Regarding LCD brightness, it is a universal complaint with just about every camera. There are screen hoods available that help to some degree, they are not very expensive.

Botanical shots are kinda tricky sometimes. A slight breeze at the wrong moment has ruined many a shot for me. If you can, bring samples indoors and use a flat, neutral background. A tripod is still your best bet, indoors or out.

Adobe software is very good !! Photoshop, if you can afford it, Adobe Elements ver.2.0 is extremely popular and quite easy to learn. Also it's much less expensive.
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