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13-11-2009, 09:58 PM
Having been having a struggle with my little cybershot for getting close up, hubby said about looking for a new camera. I just wondered if you could give me some advice about what to look for in terms of lens sizes and technical stuff please :D

13-11-2009, 10:12 PM
If you don't want to go down the whole dslr route, the Panasonic Lumix midrange get consistently superb reveiws. Actually, I wonder at times why I bother with my dslr (and the endless setups and lens changes) when I see the quality of pictures my sister gets with her Lumix.

That said, most of the cybershot range take great macro pictures - which one have you got? It may just be a question of adjusting the settings a bit.

13-11-2009, 10:14 PM
oo ty george hubbys looking them all up atm so i will mention it to him :)

ben b
13-11-2009, 11:04 PM
why not pm alan...I have seen the camera he uses, and its not a dslr...but it puts those pro looking pics on his geti site.
It does have, however, a 3 grand lightbox attatched......which goes back to what we discussed about it being the lighting, with digital photography.
Alans product shots are great, and he does them himself, so he's your man.......!

Di Sandland
13-11-2009, 11:10 PM
Su you might remember that back in September time or thereabouts I bought my OH a Canon EOS 1000D. We had always had manual SLRs but hadn't gone down the digital route. I had owned a Nikon Coolpix for a few years, that's all. He was lusting after a DSLR and his excuse was taking pics for my site.

Well - the Canon is superb (we always had Canons) BUT all my pics have been taken with the Coolpix and then 'doctored' using the MS Office Picture Manager that came as standard with Vista and MS 2007.

The attached pic is an example of its work.

My little camera is simply point and shoot but it has various modes for different light sources and a macro mode. I use a decent light set up, which makes a world of difference but, if you don't want to spend a fortune you don't have to.

The Coolpix range start at about 99 quid. I'm not suggesting that's what you get - but something more up to date and with around 10 megapix in the compact digital range is probably all you need.

14-11-2009, 06:03 AM
ty guys it appears i also need to get to grips with programmes too arghhhhhhhhhhh :-s

Solunar Silver Studio
14-11-2009, 08:16 AM
Very impressed witht he photo, Di!:Y:

14-11-2009, 08:32 AM
Where is boo with all this photography talk going on ?? Her pics are so so amazing.... I am pleased with my pics at the moment su and i don't have a fancy camera but i did invest in a light box, i can give you the details if you are interested..:xmaslaugh:

Di Sandland
14-11-2009, 09:13 AM
Very impressed witht he photo, Di!:Y:

and not a fat ball, or a bucket to put em in, in sight ;) (Because I didn't read Boo's tute before I bought the light tent :( )

14-11-2009, 09:21 AM
i have a light tent too

14-11-2009, 12:34 PM
Well i have gone and done it - Pete found a kit on ebay last night and we looked at so many but we liked this one best and so i have just bid on the auction AND WON, (I am shaking like a leaf now lol) Its very exppensive, but i checked the price of a new one and it was 347 on its own with just the first lens so, although this has been used for a few shots i have the extra lens and stuff so i think the 335 i have paid is a good investment (i hope)
So now all i gotta do is lelarn how to use it, so i will have to trawl all the forum for the advise adain lol.
Thank you for all your help, i cant believe he said i could have it, i think its cos I have agreed to de rust an old steel frame for a bench thats in the harley garage, (it will need an angle grinder to do it) and then paint it, and so that has saved the cost of getting the units to get the bench up. And at the time he said he would rather see the 300 used on tools etc, so this is what i have used it on. Sony Alpha DSLR-A200K Digital Camera with 18-70mm Lens on eBay (end time 14-Nov-09 13:22:17 GMT) (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230397522812&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT)

He also said he would try and sort out the lighting a bit better for me, so i hope he meant it, as it would be nice to have him involved a little more.

What a wonderful day this has been i am so excited!!!

14-11-2009, 12:44 PM
woo that looks like some serious kit Su you dont do things by halves do you but you could of had a bench and a camera for that lol xx

14-11-2009, 12:46 PM
lol well once he clears the one in the garage I can set to cleaning that so i will get the bench and the camera for that amount lol. But no, i kinda never do things by halves lol.

14-11-2009, 12:52 PM
Woo sis'!! Jo is right - you don't do things by halves, do you?!!
Well done love! :)
J x

14-11-2009, 01:04 PM
heehee what can i say :P

14-11-2009, 01:56 PM
now i cant wait to see the all singing and dancing bench he he xx

14-11-2009, 02:08 PM
now i cant wait to see the all singing and dancing bench he he xx

you and me both lol