Need a new camera

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Cades83898, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. Cades83898

    Cades83898 TPF Noob!

    Oct 9, 2006
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    Jax. FL
    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 ( 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:

    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

    Basically, Iwant to get as close to a DSLR as I can without the bulk (lugging around multiple lenses on vacation) or the expense. Any advice or recomendations or other suggestions would be highly valued by me!

  2. W.Smith

    W.Smith TPF Noob!

    Oct 11, 2006
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    YES! A Zenit was my first SLR too! Even older than yours: 1968. Only one lens: 58mm/f2.0! Those were the days...
    You sell living animals? Uh-uh! Sell pretty pictures of living animals, not the animals themselves! They belong in the wild. Not in an aquarium!
    Take a look at the cameras section over at DPR, and compare specs.
    Very sensible!
    (Unlike all too many dSLR owners).

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