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[APD] APD] Re: Digital cameras

> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 13:16:58 -0700
> From: Wright Huntley <whuntley at verizon_net>

> 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.

No camera has zero shutter delay, but even a point & shoot will give you
very close to zero if you pre-focus.

> 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.

One trick is to have the front of the lens as close to the glass as
possible, or seperate the path of the flash to the glass from that of the
lens, so that there is no reflection. To do this, you need a camera with
good macro.

> Remote shutter release is also important. In macro, the tiniest shake as
> the button is depressed will cause terribly blurring. Either an IR

Not if you use flash; the flash freezes the action.

> 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.

I suspect those cameras are outside the price range in question; I've found
the Canon Ixus 400 to be pretty good, as it has good macro. But the Nikon
D100 does a better job. :)


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