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Old 12-21-2012, 04:31 PM   #11
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It was pricey but worth it. I also do a lot of sports photography and indoor/portrait work.

I used a Canon Rebel XTi before this and despite being upwards of 10 years old was a totally acceptable camera.

Healthy adjustable ISO & White Balance ratings are what you're looking for. Don't get caught up on MegaPixels. A 10 MP camera will still print clearly to poster size prints and 10 is low by today's standards. 10-12 MP will still allow you to crop photos afterwards without loosing too much detail. Lower MP also means lower file size which means smaller memory cards required.

Sharpness is highly derived by technique and lens. In my opinion a cheaper body with a better lens will yield better results than a bad lens on a better body. The kit lenses even in Canon are generally pretty bad. If you can buy body only then a lens separately. 18-55 is not a lot of length in a lens and won't let you get very close up.

Use of timer settings, tripods etc help technique wise to capture sharp images.
I respectfully disagree with not getting a close up with an 18-55, I just took this pic of an ASD fuel paly, it is a micro at only 2 millimeters wide... Not claiming a macro won't get you closer lol. I agree with you with MP. When I look for a camera, I never pay attention to pixels, rather, the optical zoom holding the high priority.

For example, the first three photos are not enlarged rather manually zooming in. Relying on the motor for clarity... These corals are roughly 7-8inchs from the acrylic wall. A lens like a macro would sharpen the image, but not practical unless you are in the profession of taking closups. The last is a photo with my iPhone 5.

To the OP, I love troph. But I also love my calvus!
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Nikon is they way to go. Their imaging sensors are superior to Canon. You need white balance and a tripod. But even a iPhone can work fine, just dial back all the blue light you can. Last one is a iPhone photo. Rest are from a D700.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:56 PM   #13
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Man those are beautiful pictures everyone...
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:03 PM   #14
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I am pretty happy with the results I get from my Canon T3. It does well with the stock 18-55mm lens, and I also picked up a Tamron 60mm f/2.0 macro lens that is very reasonably priced (for a macro lens that is).

I shoot with a tripod and remote shutter, and use a custom WB. Most of these photos are full manual, which takes some tinkering, but not much. It took me a few days to start to get shots I was happy with. None of the below images are post processed other than adding a water mark and resizing/cropping. The WB and getting the correct exposure for the aperture setting you chose is key.

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How you tag the picts like that
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I just found two Canon T3's which one??? Canon T3 or Canon T3I?
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Both work, I use the T3, the T3i has a few upgrades... Shutter speed ect.
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I have a T3. It is less MP than the T3i, and also doesn't have a flip out screen. It is less expensive as well. I think those are the main differences.
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FWIW the nikon d3100 is meant to compete with the T3 and they were at the same price just a few weeks ago during the black friday sale. We have the d3100 now and it's great. Either way, get a good dslr and you'll be making a huge leap forward over basic p&s digital cameras.
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