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Old Nov 25, 2002, 11:56 AM   #1
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Hello,

I am a brand new digital camera customer. My need is for something fairly inexpensive ($300 or lower) that will enable me to take close-up photos of plants and flowers. It would also be great to get a lens that could get me fairly close to far away objects too.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old Nov 25, 2002, 12:48 PM   #2
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You are going to need a compact camera that can use an adapter tube to add filter and lens. You can try this web address for the Olympus C3000. http://www.rslwholesalers.com/main/propage.cfm?part=759

You can purchase the adapter tube, filters, or lens at www.2filter.com
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Old Nov 27, 2002, 1:16 AM   #3
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The best macros (close-ups) in your price range are from the Nikon models, the 2000 and 2500. Not a lot of zoom though (3x). The Fuji 2800 and 3800 have good zoom, but not great macros.

If you buy a camera that requires adapters and add-on lenses to get your zoom or macro shots, you might end up spending almost as much as you would just to get a more expensive camera with them built in. (The cheapest camera with both good macros and long zoom is the Olympus C-730, which costs $450 online.)

If you get a refurbished camera, be sure you can also get an extended manufacturer's warranty with it, since they only carry 90-day warranties.
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Old Nov 27, 2002, 9:24 AM   #4
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I agree with your suggestion about the 730. The adapter tube, and a 2x telephoto lens will cost about $120. This will push my suggestion to the $420 to $430 range.
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