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Old Sep 28, 2006, 5:08 PM   #1
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Simple question/simple need. I know NOTHING :sad:about photography but I need to take pictures of wrist watches so I can post them on eBay. Would someone be kind enough to advise me which camera to buy - I don't want to spend a lot of money as I doubt I will make much use of the camera after I sell the watches.

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Old Sep 29, 2006, 3:25 PM   #2
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Truthfully, I would just borrow someone else's camera for a short period. For macros, there are many options.
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Old Sep 29, 2006, 3:58 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion but unfortunately I don't know anyone who has a camera that can take close ups :sad:. All my friends have the "Point & Shoot" models & the closest "macro" distance is over 12". I know I can't spend $59.99 & thats OK - I'm willing to purchase a camera as I'm sure I'll make some kind of use of it as time goes on but I don't want somebody in one of the electronics stores to tell me I have to spend $3-$4 or $500 when I don't know what to look for or buy - I hoped that a fourm such as this would have knowledgable people that would be able to direct me or educate me a little as to what might work for me. Thanks again for taking the time to answer my post & feel free to add any additional thoughts you may have.
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Old Sep 29, 2006, 8:00 PM   #4
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I will suggest a Nikon e5600, I own a e7600 and it very good solid performer.
good macro(4cm)and good picture quality also.
the weak points of the e5600 will be the slow recycle time when using flash(up to 12s) and very low light conditions performance(almost usless). But its why you should consider it. See lots of people might be unwilling to live with those couple of limitations so you might find them very cheap on Ebay, might even come with a few extras, just be sure not to overpay for it. I think they go for around $140new on some sites. check out online reviews of it if you like.
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Old Sep 30, 2006, 5:48 PM   #5
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Rougevet - thank you for taking the time to help me out :-)!! Sounds like exactly what I need - of course the trade-offs would be meaningless to me as I'm only shooting watches. I will check outthe model you suggested but it sounds like you found me a winner both in terms of need & price point. Again, many thanks my friend - I will let you know how I make out over the w/e.
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Old Sep 30, 2006, 6:46 PM   #6
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Rougevet - its about 6:40 pm Sat. nite & I've been checking out the Nikon E5600 you recommended - I am not able to locate that model number but I have found the Nikon "CoolPix 5600" - am I correct in assuming that that is the latest version of the E5600 ?? According to the reviews I read the spec's seem to be what you indicated but I just wanted to check w/ you. I'm going to try eBay now & see whats there. Thank you again for your time. I'll checkback w/ you later or tomorrow !!
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Old Sep 30, 2006, 7:23 PM   #7
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For a simple objective like that it's not necessary to buy into an expensive macro system.

Simply buy (or find someone else with) a high megapixel camera ( 6 to 12 MP ) and crop the image afterwards. (this is zooming in & cutting the edges)

For ebay you don't need huge images anyway.


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Old Sep 30, 2006, 11:54 PM   #8
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Or take a look at the Sony S-600, 6mp, selling for $176 at http://www.newegg.comit can take good photos as close as 4.75 inches.

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Sorry for the confusion. Yes thats the one, there is also a 4mp modle Coolpix 4600 which is near identical to the 5600 but doesn't have sound with the video(the 5600 does)
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Old Oct 19, 2006, 3:54 PM   #10
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Thank you to everyone who took the time to help me out - I purchased a Nikon CoolPix 5600 @ Cameta Camera, brand new for 139.00 !! Takes great close ups of my watches & appears to be a pretty cool little camera. Again, many thanks for the help - you all made a daunting task into a simple errand.

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