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Patrick Fahy

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I know next to nothing about photography... can anyone point me in the direction of a good camera for miniatures? Some of the pieces I have are pretty detailed, would I need a separate macro lens on top of the camera itself? Is the $200 to $500 range enough for my needs?
 
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Brian
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It really depends on how far you want to go.

Do you have a camera right now? Do you have a tripod?

Have you read up on macro photography?
http://photo.net/learn/macro/

Have you though about lighting?
http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-pho...
 
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Virre Linwendil AnnergÄrd
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I would say good lighting, stability (tripod) and perhaps somekind of whitebox will be the most helpfull.
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Kent Reuber
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You don't necessarily need a macro lens. You might first try a good quality 2 element close up lens that screw on to your main lens.
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George Kinney
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A cheap 'point and shoot' camera will produce fine images of minis as long as the lighting is good and it's steady. Almost all of them have a 'macro mode' built in, usually marked with a tulip/flower shaped icon. It'll allow it to close focus.

But, personally I'd skip the close focus and move back a bit and zoom in to avoid the distortions that short working distances and short focal lengths introduce.
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George Rols
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Nikon Coolpix P520 a good camera for you
 
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I use two cameras. My main one is a Sony Alpha DSLR. I also love my Canon Powershot SX510 HS. The Powershot has a macro mode, great zoom, and wifi so I can take my shots and upload to my Flickr account or do a quick edit by sending the image to my Samsung Galaxy to use Pixlr or Zoner apps then sending the image to Flickr. The wifi also allows me to send it to my laptop where I can do more in depth editing.
 
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That budget can work if you go into the used category. The Lumix GH2 I have worked pretty good for me on that budget. If going for low lighting, be very careful and check your reviews specifically on low lighting. Canon does some fine low lighting work as well as Sony.
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Joshua Garrett
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Look into a low-end DSLR, they have a bit of a learning curve, but they can take some GREAT shots once you learn their functions.

http://www.amazon.com/s?rh=n%3A3017941%2Cp_36%3A1253506011&t...

Hope this helps!
 
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