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Old Dec 14, 2005, 4:08 AM   #1
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I shoot watches and watch straps for online e-commerce.



The Nikon 8700 and Nikon D-50 overstaurated the colors on my straps and my Nikon 5900 has the best color..(you must think I am crazy by now) but on the 5900 the clarity is off atouch and I want it better.



Yes I used CS2 on the color of the 8700 and D50 and it did not help.

any thoughts on the best compacy for color and clarity?

Sony N1? NiknoS4...Canon something???

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Old Dec 14, 2005, 10:48 AM   #2
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This is what Imaging Resource said about the 5900"

"Closeups: A small macro area with good detail. Flash has trouble up close though. The Coolpix 5900 captured a small macro area, measuring 1.26 x 0.95 inches (32 x 24 millimeters). Resolution was high, with good detail in the dollar bill. The 5900's flash had trouble throttling down for the macro area, overexposing the shot, and the lens barrel cast a shadow. - Plan on using external lighting for your closets macro shots."

Most cameras have problems using the internal flash with macro, but I assume you are using good lighting. You should be getting good images. Must be something amiss with the camera.

Have you tried using in-camera saturation reduction and/or custom white balance with the D50?

I have yet to see color that CS2 won't correct unless one of the color channels is completely out on the camera. Post one of the D50 pictures and tell us what you don't like about it. Have you tried "Selective Color"?

Your idea of good color might not be the same as others. Some like bright color and some subdued. It would probably not be a good idea to buy yet another camera because someone likes that particular color rendition.

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Old Dec 15, 2005, 2:43 AM   #3
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Thank you.

The color on the 5900 is perfect and I use a lightbox. I gave back the D-50...actually the Professionals at Samy's thought the pics were terrible after they took them.

So on the 5900 I am very happy with the color...it is the Clarity that I want to be better and the plastic lens may not get me there....with a Point and shoot there is less to screw up and the computer chip works fine...better than the Nikon 8700 which I still own....all I need is the color of the Nikon 5900 and the Clarity of the 8700.....

Any suggestions for a 5900 like camera with a top notch lens???



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Old Dec 15, 2005, 10:30 AM   #4
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Have you tried using a white or gray card under the light you are using for the preset white balance on the 8700? That plus a small WB bracket might give you color you like.

You can fine tune the white balance on the 8700 3 steps in each direction for a particular setting like tungsten etc. Mess with the WB settings a little and see if your color isn't better. I'm guessing auto isn't adjusting to your light properly.

You can also alter the saturation.

I would work with the color and WB settings on the 8700 before buying another camera you might not be satisfied with.

Post one of your 8700 images.

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Old Dec 15, 2005, 11:29 AM   #5
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Do you take those photos handheld?
In macro photography depth of field is extremely small so even small change in distance to target while taking shot could make it unsharp.
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