Hey guys (and gal's), Thought I'd join the forum, as I'm going to need all the help I can get here in the future. Presently, I work for a fishing tackle company, doing marketing, sales, web development, and now I'll be doing product photography (as if I didn't already have a full plate!) Usually, when we needed our products photo'ed, we hire a local. But now the company is expanding so rapidly, that the photo bill is getting quite high. So the boss, in his infinite wisdom, figured I'd be the perfect guy to pick up a new skill. So far, the typical products we photo are small metal objects with many curves. I've done a few of these myself with a light tent, and a crappy Wal-Mart standard digital camera. They really don't turn out all that bad.... until you get involved with catalog creation. Low resolution compressed photos can be such a pain in the butt to deal with. It's like trying to turn crap into gold. Anyways, since I'll be trying to learn photography, I figure the first thing I need to do is figure out what kind of camera I should get. Here's some data.... 1) The boss is willing to spend somewhere around $1,000... give or take a little. Obviously, LESS is better.... but we all know where that leads too. 2) The objects I'll be shooting, for the most part, will be small metal objects (some painted of course), and small 'hair-like' objects. The hair stuff is going to be a total pain in wazoo. 3) Since the objects are usually small, I'll need something that can zoom in real close. Perhaps something with a Macro setting? ALL suggestions in that department are welcome! 4) Digital is a must. I must be able to edit these things in the computer, on the fly, for various reasons. 5) High resolution... duh. Kind of a no brainer there. hahahh. However, I don't know what kinds of formats work best. Isn't there different versions of high res like TIFF or RAW... er something? (yup, my uber-newbieness is kicking in full swing now!) 6) Don't know if this makes a difference or not, but I work on a PC.... please, no hate mail from the Mac fans. I think that about covers it. There is a slim chance that photo's may be taken outside too... but that's a long shot, and very seldom does that situation ever arrive. Thanks for any product advice you can send, and I look forward to posting all my crappy first photo's so everyone can tell me what I'm doing wrong.