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[APD] Re: Digital cameras
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 18:49:40 +0200
From: "Stephan Mifsud" <valerandi at nextgen_net.mt>
Subject: [APD] Re: Digital cameras
To: <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
I've finally decided that I'm going to buy a good digital
camera, which should also be good for aquarium and macro
photos. I'm thinking of a Canon A70, but there is a large
range of cameras out there, so I would appreciate any
comments before going ahead. What is the usual
specifications of a digital camera suitable for such
photography? Any other models you might suggest? Nikon,
First, zero shutter delay is important if the pictures are to include
any fish. That means all point-and-shoot cameras are out. Autofocus and
exposure delays must be over-ridden by manual controls, usually.
An external flash connection is a big help. Internal flash just glares
off the glass, most of the time. Good flash, well placed, can overcome a
lot of lens and sensor inadequacies.
Remote shutter release is also important. In macro, the tiniest shake as
the button is depressed will cause terribly blurring. Either an IR
remote (that will work from behind the camera), a cable release
connection (no digitals seem to have them) or a wired remote are vital
elements, missing in most cameras.
A fast lens is a real boon. It lets you work at lower light levels and
you can even fuzz out the background somewhat with shallower depth of
field. An f#=2 is about as slow as I would want to go. f2.8 in telephoto
might be OK, but nothing with any higher minimum numbers.
I'd be inclined to look at the Sony 828 (just out this month) or the
Canon Digital Rebel, if you already have Canon EOS lenses.
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