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Old Mar 9, 2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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I would like to purchase a camera for the express purpose of photographing items in my collections. I know that this is an issue about lenses, so my question would be what camera body and what lens would be best for photographing medals and minerals?
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Old Mar 9, 2008, 1:33 PM   #2
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Best? that leaves open a world of possibilities. Better to state how much you have to spend. Most inexpensive P&S cameras can do fair macro work. You can even get macro lens attachments with appropriate adapters for many that do a great job. What kind of image quality are you looking for? Do you want a dSLR, which would provide you tailorability. Will it always stay on a copy stand or will you be taking it outdoors?

For example, I often use a Canon EOS body and an EF 100mm Canon macro lens. While my body is a 30D, the cheaper XT or XTi might be all you need.

And if the super-sharp EF100 is not good enough, you could look at Canon's expensive MP65 lens which is exclusively for macro shots andproduces simply outstanding images.

Anyway, do state a price range and I bet you will get a lot of good suggestions across the many brands and models that are available!
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Old Mar 9, 2008, 1:56 PM   #3
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There are lots of options for macro - you aren't limited to dSLR cameras. If you want a dSLR, any of the entry dSLR cameras have lens options that would make them work well. I do lots of macro and use Pentax with an older Vivitar Series One 105mm lens that is very sharp. I think one of the first questions you need to answer for yourself is whether you want a dSLR or not.
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It may not be what you are looking for, but the Canon SX-100 at around $(US) 225.00 focuses as close as 1cm and produces excellent results.

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Old Mar 9, 2008, 3:45 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys. Already I am reading helpful information.

As for price range, I am considering between $500 and $750. My plan is to use the camera almost totally for macro work, mounted on a tripod. Clarity and using light to an advantage are important motivations for me.

I have been using a Nikon Coolpix 4300, but I no longer am satisfied with the results. I would continue touse the 4300 for genral use.




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