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Old 11/17/2007, 02:24 PM
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best camera for coral pics around 200.00?

just curious what you camera gurus think is my best bet in that price range...
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Old 11/17/2007, 04:13 PM
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A few people in my local club have the Panasonic lumix line of cameras and say that they are fantastic.
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Old 11/17/2007, 04:25 PM
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Old 11/17/2007, 04:25 PM
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Old 11/17/2007, 05:09 PM
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Olympus sp-350
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Old 11/17/2007, 05:21 PM
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I have a Canon PowerShot a630 point & shot camera which will cost around $200. If you want to have an idea on the photos check my post here in Reef Central

http://archive.reefcentral.com/forum...readid=1248409

I was thinking of buying a DSLR but I am happy with my camera and I will save the money for some corals and fish.
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Old 11/18/2007, 08:43 AM
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luisgo;

I have the same camera...but I'm not real good with it. What mode are you using...any tips?

Pics look great
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Old 11/18/2007, 01:52 PM
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luisgo, did you use a tripod in all those pictures? They're absolutely beautiful, especially for using an inexpensive camera. I think I might have to look into this one.
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Old 11/18/2007, 05:07 PM
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The Canon A630 is a great camera but you need to follow some basic steps to get good photos like in any other camera.

First you need to have basic photography knowledge. Depth of field, shooter speed, ISO settings, etc.

Important things before start to take the photos:

* Clean the glass
* Shut off all the pumps to avoid movement
* I have to assume that you have good lighting because low light will make it more difficult
* For full tank pics there is no need for a tripod but will help to use one
* For all macro photos you need to use a tripod
* Use the drive mode with 2-second delay on the shooter. That will minimize movement on shooting
* If you have good light use ISO 80 to avoid noise (distortion)
* Use the largest pic size your camera provides. In the canon use large and superfine.
* Do not use the zoom. Use the widest setting or your will be out of focus. If you want to get close CROP the photo. With 8 mega pixels you will be amazed as to how close you can get cropping!
* Use manual focus for close-ups. You can use auto focus but your camera may get confused in some low light shots.
* Take as many pics as you can. I usually save one out of ten photos. Use a big memory card.
* I use Av (aperture priority) with the largest f setting, which is f8 in the Canon. That way you will have more depth of field. More of the photo will be in focus.
* I only use flash for some fish photos but I donít like the colors with flash
* Use some software to process the photos. I use HP Photosmart Premium. It was included with my HP computer. It is excellent to crop, resize, and adjust the image for color, brightness, exposure, sharpness, etc.

Practice, practice, more practice and these tips will result in excellent photos..

I hope this helps.
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Old 11/18/2007, 11:41 PM
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I'm new to photog. I'm going to give your sugestions a try. Just got a Canon S5is. Also need to figure out the best way to post pics. Thanks.
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Old 11/19/2007, 12:08 AM
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Here you can see my Canon A630 in action with my Tomato Clown!


By luisgon


To post a photo go to:
http://imageshack.us/
Hit "Browse"
Select your image from the hard disk
check on Resize image to 800X600
there is a file limit of 1.5 megabites
hit "host it"
copy the text on "Hotlink for forums (1)"
and paste it to your message.
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Old 11/19/2007, 12:28 AM
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Just signed up at ImageShack. Here is my first pic posted. Also first pic I took of my tank with the new camera. Thanks.



 

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