I need to buy a digital camera. i will be using it for taking shot of jewelry (macro) i will be using the photos on the internet and for slides. the images for the slides must be of high quality, ( used for submission in shows and for publication). I looked at the fuji finepix e550 but the macro image quality did not appear to be fine enough. the cost of the camera is in my price range. any suggestions will be appreciated
kmetalsmith: I believe you are interested in a digital camera with a built-in lens, and not an SLR camera that accepts a full system of lenses.
There are dozens with a Macro capability, but it would be impossible to test all of them. I am currently testing the 7 megapixel Pentax Optio 750Z and am impressed with the quality of images in general and in Macro mode too.
You mention that you also want "slides"? Do you mean digital projection?
Peter K. Burian, Contributor, Shutterbug magazine
Hi Peter, I think he means getting 35mm slides made from digital files for applying to art shows. It can be done with anything 3 megapixel or greater but requres filling the frame and a 2x enlargment. Recommended pixel dimensions are 4096x2730 and a lot of people have worked successfully with [url=http://slides.com]Slides.com[/url]
I have instructions on [URL=http://www.bermangraphics.com/artshows/digitalslides.htm]preparing digital files for slides[/URL].
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Would not using a film camera with transparency stock make sense for this particular use? The slide film can be scanned for the internet, duped and printed as the need occurs.
If the poster already has a film camera with macro capabilities, buying just a scanner, or getting high res scans done, might be more cost/time effective. It all depends upon the quantity and frequency, of course.
I get the impression from your post that you may be unaware of some of the other things that you will need to be successful as a product photographer. In addition to the camera, your will need some kind of tabletop studio. It might be something like Smith-Victor's TST Digital Desktop Studio Kit or the one I use, the "Magic Studio." You will also need some lights. It doesn't matter whether you choose tungsten or fluorescent continuous lighting, or a set of strobes. You will also need a tripod to put your camera on and a remote release appropriate to your camera to reduce the chances of camera shake to zero.