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Blog entry by woodtickgreg posted 11-14-2009 07:30 PM 1081 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

thank you to all those that gave a warm welcome, what a great website, have just bin a lookin but decided to join and im glad i did. what a great place to learn and share. ok so now im in the market for a digital camera to take some picks to post, any advice would be appreciated, dont want to buy top of the line but something of good quality, i would like to by a digital slr but cant quite afford that right now. i can go 2-300 ish maybe a little more, can i get something decent for that? i know a little about them but not a lot. i guess a digital camera would just be another tool right?

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Derek Lyons

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#1 posted 11-14-2009 07:47 PM

While I can’t recommend a specific camera, I’d suggest that whichever one you get have a Macro mode so you can get nice closeups of details in your work. I’d also suggest picking up Photoshop Elements and at least learning to use the basic picture fixing tools.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 11-14-2009 07:59 PM

Agree with Derek. I think I would buy a camera for family photos. The macro mode is very helpful, especially if you are doing closeups. I use it some on my camera. But you might get by without it. See if you can find a friend with camera and shoot some photos, both close and more distant. Nowadays, with the large number of pixels these cameras have, you could probably shoot at the close up limit with a camera, not using macro mode, and then just select a part of the photo, and adjust it to the 600 pixel limit here on the forum. That’s where the software comes in. Not a purist thing, but it sounds like you want a practical, economic solution.

If you are not into cameras, a multipurpose camera, that still fits your shop needs is the way to go. Cannon has consistent good reviews on a large spectrum of cameras. They also have a consistent stable interface, and that can be half the battle.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 11-14-2009 07:59 PM

I’m probably a photo camera challenged person, but I do know that whatever digital camera you buy, it is an great advantage to have quality lenses. It seems that some of the better lens manufactures are available on a wide range of cameras today. It’s worth paying a little extra for them. The macro feature mentioned above is also important. Your local camera store should be able to give you good advice if they know your price point and needs.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-14-2009 08:32 PM

I wanted a Nikon slr also but couldn’t afford it at the time. I bought a Nikon Coolpix L20at Wal-mart for about $119.00. Nothing really fancy but it takes great pictures. Pick up an extra memory stick as the base will not hold a lot of pictures. I put a 16mb in mine and can hold lots of pictures. It comes with the cord to hook into the usb port on your computer for uploading photos. The software is easy to install and pretty straightforward.

-- Rick... A tree knows more about wood then I do.

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#5 posted 11-14-2009 08:47 PM

Check out pawn shops, I got a very nice camera that goes for around $400 new, out the door for $100, with extras.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

View woodtickgreg's profile


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#6 posted 11-14-2009 09:24 PM

thanks for the tips guys, all good advice and in the direction im looking to go, never thought about macro but i can see how it would be important, any tips on mega pixels?

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#7 posted 11-14-2009 10:22 PM


To my knowledge, this is STILL THE best online resource for figuring out what camera to buy:

Or … build something. I hear poplar takes good pics ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 11-14-2009 11:49 PM

I have a Panasonic DMC-Fz50 that is now about 3 years old. Can’t remember exactly what it cost but I think it was in the $300 to $400 range. Anyway, I highly recomend it.

It has all kinds of programmable modes as well as a full automatic for point and shoot, or full manual where you set everything. So you don’t have to be an expert to use it, but as your skills develop the camera will do about anything that you want. Check my home for images I have posted to see results that I’ve obtained – not that I’m that good. Send me a PM if you want a link to my account on Smugmug for more images.

It is only sold via the internet. Bought mine via Amazon.

It is 10 mp, 12x optical zoom (35-420mm), has a Leica lens.

-- Joe

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#9 posted 11-16-2009 01:27 AM

I just had an opportunity to see my brother’s camera. It is a Canon Power Shot S90. Nice camera, nice pictures, easy to use plus it gives you lots of control.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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