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Old Jul 7, 2005, 12:13 AM   #1
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Coolpix 4500-seems on death's door-making funny noises.

Tiny monitor-no fun to use. Always used the viewfinder.

Great pictures but bought it because reviews said it was the best for macro shots and they were always blurry. (didn't use a tripod--know I may have to in future).

Paid $699, couple months later saw it selling for $399. Yikes, always felt gipped.

It was 4 million pixels --now wondering if I should go for 6 or higher.

Don't know what to spend-$500-$600??? (Just hope I don't see it selling for a $100 bucks or something in few months).

ANybody take alot of macro shots (bugs, flowers, etc)? Is it a built-in feature or do you add a lens?

I was thinking about Canon or Olympus.

ANy help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!!!!!!!
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Old Jul 7, 2005, 1:23 AM   #2
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Paid $699, couple months later saw it selling for $399. Yikes, always felt gipped.
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This is common with most commodities, so get used to it, and you'll be happier.
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It was 4 million pixels --now wondering if I should go for 6 or higher.
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Depends -- how big a print do you intend to make?
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Don't know what to spend-$500-$600??? (Just hope I don't see it selling for a $100 bucks or something in few months).
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A $5-600 camera will not be selling for $100 in a few months.
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ANybody take alot of macro shots (bugs, flowers, etc)? Is it a built-in feature or do you add a lens?
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Macro is a feature built into most digicams. Adding close-up lenses just gives you even more magnification.
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I was thinking about Canon or Olympus.
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Good choices. You can add Minolta, Nikon, Fuji, Kodak, Sony, and Panasonic as well.
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If you decide to let us know how many megapixels you really do need, how much zoom you want, how close a macro capability you desire, and what you want to spend, we can narrow down the list a bit.

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Old Jul 7, 2005, 4:04 AM   #3
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If macro shots is your main interest then you can't beat a DSLR with a quality macro lens. However you may not want to go down that route with the extra cost and complexity it entails.
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Old Jul 7, 2005, 12:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies--I probably don't want the complications of dealing with macro lenses. I saw some macro shots taken with a Oly 7070 on another thread and they were very good so will consider that one but I guess Iwill have to look at Nikons too as their name still seems to crop up when discussing macro images.
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