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Camera Advice

So I am sure there are tons of threads on this but it's always easier to just ask so here goes. I have zero experience with actual good cameras and would like to take good quality pictures of my tank. I need advice on what camera is best that won't break the bank. I have no preference about age or weight as long as it produces nice clear crisp macro photos. Any advice is welcome and thanks in advance for your opinion.

I too am interested to hear what people have to say on this. I know there are some out there who take really good photos with nothing but their iPhone (Andrew402), and others have a DSLR set up with a nice macro lens (TimothyJ)... I have found from previous research that the macro lens can set you back more than the camera body its self sometimes, about $500. I know that a better cell phone camera will be at the top of my "must haves" for my next cell phone upgrade, but I am also wondering if anyone has experienced/known of success with $200 point and shoot camera ❓

Like Phil said, a nice camera lens is the expensive part if you are wanting to take macro shots. If you buy an expensive camera body and a cheap lens, I don't think you will be happy with the results. You can always look for a used camera body and lens too. If you are just wanting a point and shoot camera instead of a DSLR, there are still a lot of options. I have a Pentax point and shoot camera that takes great macro shots as long as the subject is close enough to the camera. I also have a Nikon - Coolpix L830 that I need to try out someday. I am a big fan of Nikon and Pentax either way. The main things I look for are a good Aperture range and Focus Range. What cameras have you looked at so far?

Thanks for the input salty fish. I have looked at a couple but Ive kind of been thinking about an Olympus E-510. Any experience with one of these?

I honestly forgot I had this camera that is capable of taking macro shots. I picked it up some years ago when I was more heavily involved in photography. I'm going to begin taking a lot more photos and will be posting them along with how I think the camera is doing. [url=http://scubadiverinfo.com/3_cameras_olympus_1030sw.html]Olympus Stylus 1030 SW[/url]

You'll be able to take good macro shots with any standard DSLR and kit lens. Starting out I wouldn't waste your money going out and buying expensive lenses. The most important part of getting crisp macro shots is using a tripod and a remote (or timed) shutter release. Practicing and knowing how to modify your ISO, aperture, and shutter speed is the next most important factor.

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