Need a new camera

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Cades83898, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. Cades83898

    Cades83898 TPF Noob!

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    I've been taking pics for a long time. I loved my russian Zenit 35mm that was built in 1975 and my digital Kodak DX6340 was good for starting out in digital photos. However, now I want to step up and regain some of the manual controls I lost when I switched from the Zenit to the Kodak. No, I can't go back to the Zenit as the light meter no longer works and I need something digital. So, I need advice on a new camera. It will be for play and work. I like to take architecture, landscape, and wildlife photos. I am also launching a new website (www.reefallure.com) were I'll be selling live corals so I need manual focus and good macro capability with a wide depth of field so I can get all of the organism in focus. This is what I want:

    BIG ZOOM
    good macro
    Manual focus (for taking pics of things inside aquariums)
    Manual f-stop for control over my depth of field
    Option for additional lenses
    High quality pics

    These are the cameras I'm looking at so far:
    Canon Powershot S3 IS
    Sony DSC-H2 or H5
    Kodak P712
    Kodak P880

    Any advice or recomendations or other suggestions would be highly valued by me!
    Thanks
     
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    Cades83898 TPF Noob!

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    Oh yea, I like to travel and not look like too much of a tourist, so I really want something I can stash in a small bag, breifcase etc. I really don't want to carry around a bulky DSLR and a bunch of different lenses for different shots (tele, macro etc.). I guess I'm looking to get as close to a DSLR without actually getting a DSLR. Plus, my father has a EOS 20D I can borrow and I can't afford to purchase one myself. (Note: I don't really want to borrow my dad's expensive camera)
     

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