Good camera for taking pictures of our tanks

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Fish Boss, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Fish Boss

    Fish Boss Guest

    So I know practically nothing about cameras. I see some awesome pictures from people on here, just wondering what cameras you guys use. Also, I was wondering what were some good cameras for the price, or if anyone is willing to sell me one that would be awesome. I just want to be able to take clear pictures of my corals, and being able to take clear macro shots would be a plus
     
  2. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    A SLR with a decent macro lens plus a tripod works real well.


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  3. Fish Boss

    Fish Boss Guest

    What's the approx. cost for a new one?edit: never mind, looks like $300 for the camera and $300 for the lens. Anyone want to sell me something used?
     
  4. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    It helps to have good equipment, and you can take shots on auto that will be better than your iPhone, but I think you'll still be disappointed in your shots unless you're ready to learn a new skill. If you just want to click and shoot I think many of the compact digital cameras on the market will be more affordable and will have macro options that may be enough for you.
     
  5. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    In all honesty, many of the point and shoot cameras are pretty close to the same quality that you get from a lot of smartphones. The point and shoot cameras that really out perform the smartphones generally cost about as much as entry level dslrs.
     
  6. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I agree with you. There are great compact cameras these days that rival entry level quality, and they can be pricey. I guess my point is that just buying an slr and a macro lens does not equal great photos. And if one wanted to get great photos and learn photography, started with a fixed macro lens is probably not the best lens to learn on.
     
  7. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    That said, I can't wait to get a macro lens.
     
  8. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Sony R100 is a great point and shoot with adjustments.


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  9. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Love my rx100 mark 3. I got rid of our DSLR.
     
  10. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Yeah I have the rx100 ii, and I hardly use my slr now. The macro is not great though.
     
  11. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Still learning how to use my slr.

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  12. Fish Boss

    Fish Boss Guest

    See, I want to take pictures of similar quality that scuzy took. I feel like my iPhone 5s has horrible clarity
     
  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    We did a photography class last year as one of our monthly meetings. I think it helped out a number of people. It was pretty basic stuff but it was geared towards learning to take pictures of your coral with a DSLR.

    I bought a Sony nex-7 which is a mirrorless camera. I've been very happy with it.
     
  14. Julius Chen

    Julius Chen Supporting Member

    I dont have much experience in coral photography, but i always assumed those great photos were done with lens a lot more expensive than $300. I was thinking $1500 or more, to have large enough aperture and also adjustable focal length (after all i cant stick my camera inside the tank!)
     
  15. iani

    iani Guest

    You do not need that expensive of a lens for a great looking photo. A tamron 90mm 2.8 macro is more than sufficient.
    I know this article I wrote is back from 2010, but there is plenty of relevant information.
     

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  16. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    You can get the Canon 100m macro non L version for 300 on Craigslist usually.


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  17. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Has anyone tried a GoPro since they can be submerged? What's the focusing distance on them?
     
  18. RandyC

    RandyC Guest

    I have a GoPro that I've taken snorkeling before and I would venture to guess that focusing distance is prolly at least a foot. It's really a wide angle camera and not made for close ups.
     
  19. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I would totally be down to give a tutorial on photography if someone would help teach me how to program my apex. How about a photography/apex meeting?

    And dslr bodies don't have to be that expensive. I've got my old Nikon D90 body that I could sell for a hundred or so. When I bought my full frame I thought my wife might want to shoot with the D90 but she didn't show much interest.
     
  20. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I don't know if you could do an apex programming class in that amount of time.
     

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