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 Post subject: Re: CAMERA AND LENS TALK
PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:15 am 
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PLEASE WILL SOMEONE STICKY THIS!

I won't be buying until January and I know I won't remember

Dria - I think I agree with your top pick because of the low light thing

Now a couple questions from an uneducated photographer. Will any of these cameras give me a good macro mode to take detail pics of small flowers, etc? And can any of these cameras give me a photo that takes a decent shot of the moon and/or sun? Those are the two huge limitations I find with my P&S


Most point and shoots have a macro mode on them. However, I doubt you would get a good moon shot. That is a guess, though, not a fact based on experience

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My macro mode STINKS! So I would hope it would be better on the ones with the good reviews

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laura - what brand and model are you using?

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Canon Powershot A580 - it's a few years old. It did what I needed when I bought it. I had a Kodak V1000 that the lens kept sticking out and then won't store to the SD disk. I wouldn't ever buy another Kodak - they went out of business so that won't be a problem

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1 of the biggest problems with macro and point and shoot is camera shake. Many times the pics look blury because the camera shook. Most point and shoots can't focus any closer than approx 3feet. so the best thing is if you want it closer than that is to make sure it's good and steady take the pic where it will focus then crop the picture.. but steady is the key.

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Wow, Dria. You have some nice glass there! I am quite jealous.

Dria is explaining it well. If your goal is to take sharp sports pictures in low light, that high dollar lens Dria has is the answer. However, if the camera you have is able to handle really high ISO and you have a really steady hand (or a tripod) you might be able to get decent pictures with the less expensive one. A flash won't help because the flash only reaches a few feet in front of you.

If you want something to take nice portraits, both candid and posed, a 50 mm 1.8 is inexpensive and a great investment. The lens I keep on my camera 90% of the time is a 35mm 1.8. I have a cropped frame camera so this lens is equivalent to a 50 mm on my camera. It take nice sharp pictures and I can get really pretty creamy bokeh on the larger apertures.

My telephoto is a 18-200 3.5-5.6. It works just fine for my daytime shots outdoors and awesome with a flash indoors.


Detta, a long time ago you emailed me some info about lens, and of course, I can't find it. I have a Nikon D3100. I want a lens that is good for those close up shots with the blurry background. What kind is best for that?

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Lots of great info here! I will be doing more reading on this...

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Jill, the least expensive option would be a 50mm 1.8. However, on your camera, you would have to manual focus as neither your camera nor that lens has a motor. The next step up would be a 35mm 1.8. It's a little more pricey but has a motor so you can use auto focus. It's what I keep on my camera 90% of the time.

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dettao wrote:
Jill, the least expensive option would be a 50mm 1.8. However, on your camera, you would have to manual focus as neither your camera nor that lens has a motor. The next step up would be a 35mm 1.8. It's a little more pricey but has a motor so you can use auto focus. It's what I keep on my camera 90% of the time.


Thanks so much Detta. I remembered you mentioning there was some kind of catch on using one but couldn't remember what it was. I appreciate it!

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Detta, I just got the Canon 50 mm 1.8, and it can auto focus. Were you referring to the Nikon 50 mm 1.8?

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Detta, I just got the Canon 50 mm 1.8, and it can auto focus. Were you referring to the Nikon 50 mm 1.8?


Yes, Jill has a Nikon. Not sure about Canon but the "beginner" DSLRs like Jill's 3100 don't have a motor to run the auto focus on a lens. The lenses that come with it have a motor. In Nikon, the cameras don't come with a motor until the D90. The D40 I started with did not have one.

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The Canon's have auto focus lens and cameras.
The only time you loose auto focus is if you use an adapter for a lens other than Canon brand. I have some OLD Olympus lenses that I have an adapter for to use on Canon---fun low light lenses BUT no auto focus.

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Detta, I just got the Canon 50 mm 1.8, and it can auto focus. Were you referring to the Nikon 50 mm 1.8?


Yes, Jill has a Nikon. Not sure about Canon but the "beginner" DSLRs like Jill's 3100 don't have a motor to run the auto focus on a lens. The lenses that come with it have a motor. In Nikon, the cameras don't come with a motor until the D90. The D40 I started with did not have one.


I definitely need the motor too!

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