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    Nice cameras you guys use for taking pix of your work.

    Hi guys, as some of you might know, i just started painting in oils so I want to be able to take nice pictures of my work. The problem is, I have a crappy digicam. Im wondering what you guys use and recommend?

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    I use Nikon coolpix 4300, and it's worked fine so far. You'll have to be careful with the lighting though.

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    I use an Olympus C-765 .

    I dont know the camera that you are using but - I guess - for a forum or webpage or so - the camera can propbaly be quite cheap - as long as you photograph the painting in enough good light .

    Just IMO

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    I actually just bought a Canon Powershot A95, quite pleased with it so far although I haven't quite got my head around the manual controls yet- there's rather a lot of options to play with.
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/spec.../canon_a95.asp
    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/a95.html

    I used to do a fair bit of traditional photography but this is my first digital ever so keep that in mind- it might actually be a crap digital camera as I have no real frame of reference, seems good enough for my needs though.

    -Flake

    btw, you might want to ask a mod to move this to the photography section?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flake
    I actually just bought a Canon Powershot A95, quite pleased with it so far although I haven't quite got my head around the manual controls yet- there's rather a lot of options to play with.
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/spec.../canon_a95.asp
    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/a95.html

    I used to do a fair bit of traditional photography but this is my first digital ever so keep that in mind- it might actually be a crap digital camera as I have no real frame of reference, seems good enough for my needs though.

    -Flake

    btw, you might want to ask a mod to move this to the photography section?
    oh yes please. thanks

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    nikon d70.
    tensai


    check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)

    check the Tensai Cityscapes Thread (Finally Finished)



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    Fuck backgrounds, who needs em.

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    By the way, there's a samples gallery for a lot of cams on dpreview if you want to check out image quality for yourself.

    Here's the one I got
    http://www.dpreview.com/gallery/?gal...ona95_samples/

    and here's the rest.
    http://www.dpreview.com/gallery/

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    Nice. Expensive, but nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flake
    Nice. Expensive, but nice.
    I'm thinking of trading up for the 5D, but then I do eventually want to get a 1D, so I better start saving for that one.

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    Cool

    Cool.

    I'd love either but seeing as I'm only shooting quick reference, party photos and things that won't fit into the scanner I couldn't justify spending that amount of cash, the missus would definitely kick my ass..

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    A good digital camera is a good start for photographing artwork but for best results you need a proper setup. You don't necessarily need a copystand. You could just as easily use a tripod. What's important is the proper lights (tungsten bulbs) aimed at the art at 45 degrees from 2 opposite directions. I would also recommend a polarizing filter for your lens to minimize the glare that can reflect off the ridges of your brushstrokes.
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    You can now get a used Canon D30 super cheap off ebay, combine that with a quality 50mm 1.4 lens and you'll be shootin' great stuff for around $600. D30 is a little outdated as far as megapixels are concerned but seriously the lens is more important. If you're SERIOUS do not settle for a point and shoot, you need a good quality lens.

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    I recomend you focus your attention on Canon. If you can't tell from the above responses, they're pretty damn good. I use a Canon Digital Rebel, I recomend it. What's your budget? Because if you can do digital SLR, you really really should.

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    Canon is nice and all but personally I think this baby is more worth it. The lens is so good you barely have any distortion on the edges. There's a anti-shake or however it's called system in it that's also usually only used in much bigger cameras. My bf's got one and I'm going to get one as well soon enough, it's great to work with and so small you can take it anywhere.

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    i recommend not focussing your attention on canon (or whatever) but on different systems (P&S versus DSLR) read different specks for different cameras, decide what you roughly need, narrow your choise down to a couple of models that fit that need (most probably there is gonna be different brands in there) and then go to a store and actually handle those cameras. see what you like, what feels good in your hand and what your personally find convenient. any this brand is better than that brand advice is pointing you in the wrong direction imho.
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    tensai


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    Quote Originally Posted by strych9ine
    Fuck backgrounds, who needs em.

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    I don't think anyone's suggesting that Canon are the only brand to look at, it's just they have a decent reputation for making quality stuff- I'd say any company that makes good traditional cameras is worth considering.

    I second tensais advice about actually going to the store and trying them out for yourself. Get them to bung some batteries in, show you the controls and features, take a couple of test shots.
    In the unlikely event that they won't do that, go to another camera shop- even a low end cam like I got is still a fair chunk of cash, it's important that it does what you want it to.

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    For stuff that I can't scan, I use a Fuji FinePix 5000. 3.1 Megapixel with a 10X optical zoom.
    Whatever you do, don't look at my Sketchbook and Painting Thread!


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