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Old Oct 9, 2020, 3:08 PM   #1
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Default Recommendations please, esp re manual focus

I do a lot of wildflower photography, and usually come home with blurred flowers and sharp backgrounds.thanks to difficulties focusing when I can barely see the display in sunlight.
I think I need a camera with viewfinder and manual focus, a full manual mode, good image quality obviously, and good close-up and macro capabilities while also getting reasonable zoom. Most feature lists don't mention manual focus.

Cost is a major consideration, so I'm hoping to get better value in a refurb or used camera costing ~$500, but don't know where to start looking.

Thanks much.
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Old Dec 18, 2020, 8:19 PM   #2
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G'day mate
For your first post here ... Welcome to Steve's Photography Forum - there are many very experienced photographers here

As you do not mention your current camera -or even if it is a fone-camera- I do not have a good starting point, but I will try to assist you.

I have been enjoying wildflower photography for over 50 years - and equipment has changed a lot once we went digital.

As you state that your budget is around $500, I will pass by the SLR cameras plus dedicated macro lens ... a good one will set you back about $1500 at the least (body plus lens). I would seriously suggest you look into one of the fixed-lens superzoom / bridge cameras to satisfy your needs. Maybe after a few years you will then be in a better situation and have more knowledge as to what exactly you are after and what equipment will do that task

As a Panasonic user, I would very-very seriously suggest the FZ-300 camera. Yes- there are some limitations, and there are many advantages ... an extremely good lens; a good zoom when you need it; Manual and Auto operation, and it takes some accessories as well. Accessories here would be a "Closeup Lens of +3 Dioptres" costing about $50 ... it will make a world of difference to your closeups

May I also suggest you look into my Flickr site for examples of wildflower and other stuff that this camera is more than capable of doing ... <http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/>

Hope this helps
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