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Old Mar 3, 2007, 1:34 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

great forum you have here.

I am looking for which camera's are the best for close ups. I need
a camera mostly for close ups. 6inches to 2 foot close ups from the still object. My budget is around 500 dollars.

thanks!
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Old Mar 3, 2007, 4:00 PM   #2
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Most digital cameras have a "macro" mode, usually a flower symbol, that allows focus almost up to the front element of the lens. $500 should get you a great one! Have a look at http://www.steves-digicams.com/best_cameras.html for suggestions. Look at the specifications page for the macro abilities under the Shooting Distance
(From the front of the lens) heading.
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Old Mar 3, 2007, 4:10 PM   #3
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thanks!

I am thinking of this one


what lense should I get with it?


http://www50.shopping.com/xFS-~Partn...kin_id-2072595
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Because that one has no in-body focus motor, autofocus is restricted to Nikon AF-S lenses. The only macro lens which meets that criteria is the Nikon 105mm f2.8 AF-D for around $750.

If you really want to go the DSLR route, you might consider an entry level camera that will work with the Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 Macro zoom for about $320.

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/349/cat/31


That will still mean a total budget qute a bit over $500 though. And, for macro work, a tripod is also recommended whenever possible.

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Old Mar 3, 2007, 6:32 PM   #5
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there isnt cheaper macro lenses for 80-100 dollars if I just buy the d40 body?
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While you are waiting for your answer about the macro lens for less than $100, you might consider a non-DSLR, the Fuji FinePix S6000fd. It has a macro and super macro setting. Its lens is not bad.

Check here: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_...000fd_pg5.html

and here:

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/fu...6000fd-review/

You can look at the picture of Mickey Mouse in the latter review for an example of a shot taken in macro mode.




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Old Mar 3, 2007, 6:45 PM   #8
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robbo...we get the idea...

...but, it was a good suggestion.

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Hun,

I swear - I hit the send button just once.

But, thanks.
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Old Mar 3, 2007, 7:06 PM   #10
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Welds,

Looking again at your requirements, the D40 package with the kit lens is likely all you really need.

It will actually focus to within just under a foot. And that would be from the film plane, so in actuallity it would be near to the 6 inches you were looking for, maybe an inch or so more.

It's magnification ratio is 1:3.2, so it's technically not a "True" macro. But that might not matter for your needs. If you are photgraphing an object of only an inch in size and want to fill the frame, you might then need a true macro.

So it depends what you really intend to shoot. But it looks like you were maybe on the right track in the first place.


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