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Camera for Army Photography

Postby Emperors Reckoning » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:03 pm

Any suggestions? I don't to spend too much, but I would like something that is fairly easy to use.
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Re: Camera for Army Photography

Postby Pariah » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:28 pm

I recommend a low end DSLR. Something with a decent macro lens. You could probably get one for $400-$600. Anything cheaper and your shots won't come out well.

I took this one with a Nikon. It isn't perfect, but I got some great detail out of the shot and could really play with the depth of field.

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The Canon EoS DSLR's are decent... here's a low end one:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/contr ... elid=17316

I prefer the Nikons:

http://nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Pro ... D3000.html

B&H is a great place to get cameras:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?ci ... _PRICE_2|0

You could maybe find something like these cheaper used or on eBay or something. Buying last year's model of something on sale might also bag you a good camera for less money.
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Re: Camera for Army Photography

Postby Emperors Reckoning » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:53 pm

Those are some some good leads, thank you.
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Re: Camera for Army Photography

Postby Gleeptoid7 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:41 pm

I got some decent shots with a cheap little point and shoot. Good lighting makes all the difference,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81558753@N ... 566243981/
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Re: Camera for Army Photography

Postby elrodogg » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:48 pm

As does having someone who is a graphic artist do their photoshop magic to adjust the colors.
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Re: Camera for Army Photography

Postby Guy In Suit » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:59 pm

Image > Adjustments > Auto-Levels = magic ;)
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Re: Camera for Army Photography

Postby warmongerclub » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:39 pm

You really really don't need a $600 camera to take good figure photos. Any digital camera with a decent lens and macro feature is fine. It's mostly about user competence. Good lighting and a tripod are the most important factors.
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Re: Camera for Army Photography

Postby VectorAWX3 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:51 pm

Absolutely. A super-cheap lightbox with a couple of lights, tripod, and a camera with macro which lets you either snap the pic with a remote or with a timer are key. (you don't want to use the flash) Once you get it into the PC, adjust the white balance (look at the background on the PC and get it to match the color of the actual background) and you're good to go!

Cheap lightbox:
http://www.headstwogether.com/2009/01/l ... orial.html

Lightbox above it a sheet thrown over a simple frame with a colored paper background. For mini pics, reduce in size all you want.
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Re: Camera for Army Photography

Postby Amazonwarlord » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:21 pm

yup Duncan, 4-600 bucks is a lot to spend for this purpose. My photos where Nidal parised the focusof (and caused me to strip my models :P) was in the $299 spectrum IIRC and is a simple but capable little number. It has a Macro setting. A tripod or some other thing to steady the camera on is very important or you'll get movement.

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS 8.0 MP Digital Elph Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom is what I got for $250. This exact model is no longer made I guess 'cause it goes for more now ... LOL.

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Re: Camera for Army Photography

Postby Anger Worm » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:34 pm

Duncan, there are some excellent sales on mid-level digicams from Canon (who I can personally attest make great digicams) at Best Buy and Amazon. Black Friday sales and free shipping are all over the place.
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