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Old 04-28-2010, 10:54 PM   #1
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what the best camera out there for under 700 bucks for shots of decks ,kit installs etc etc,need wide angle.lots out there to choose do i go point and shoot or slr bearing in mind im no photo expert
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:02 AM   #2
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That's kinda like a HO asking a carpenter what the best hammer or skill-saw is for framing houses. My wife is a professional photographer and people always ask her what kind of camera she has so they can shoot pictures as good as hers. Get a decent camera that you can use and then read up on how to use it effectively. Personally, I just let my wife shoot pictures for me.

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At one time, I shot a little professionally and get similar questions all the time. As S.R.E. stated, there isn't one right.

Do a little research, and don't get hung up on pixel ratings. You probably won't be able to tell the difference between a 8mp and a 12mp photo.

For your requirements, the low end of the zoom range will likely be the most important. Look for something with a 35mm equivalent of 24mm or lower.

For most users, I recommend that they stay away from the lower end DSLRs. First, you get a little better quality optics in a high-end point and shoot or "bridge" camera for the same or less money. Second, DSLRs are bulky to carry around, especially when you have a couple of lenses, external flash, etc.

As for brands, go to a good camera shop and look at the different models. Each manufacturer sets up buttons and controls a little differently, so make sure you like the layout and can comfortably operate it. Camera manufacturer's often have cult followings (not unlike Festool), so don't get too caught up with that either. Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, Olympus, etc, they all make good cameras and all have had some duds. Remember, the results are more important than the label.

Check out the online reviews for the models you are interested in. B&H Photo - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ is a good source for reviews, and I have always gotten good service. http://www.steves-digicams.com/ is also another good source for information.
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.............My wife is a professional photographer and people always ask her what kind of camera she has so they can shoot pictures as good as hers. ...........
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Sometimes, I wish I had a camera to take wide angle pics when trying to get a good pic of small rooms.
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I think your only option is a point and shoot. If ultra wide angle is what you need, the budget will be spent on just the lens, then you'd have to still buy the body.
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I think your only option is a point and shoot. If ultra wide angle is what you need, the budget will be spent on just the lens, then you'd have to still buy the body.
Be careful of "Ultra wide angle". You won't like the "fish-eye" effect. I found a few pics of remodels that I liked - printed them and took to a local camera shop and asked what do I need to take pics like these?

After about 3 hours, I walked out with camera, 2 lenses and 10 misc things. All for about $650.00. The package is expandable for adding remote flash umbrellas, etc. later.

BTW we spend about $8,000 a year on photographers - and are usually disappointed in the results. Unless a magazine is sending their in-house photog out - I'm shooting myself.
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Canon makes a perfectly good "SD" series digital wide angle camera. Takes great pix.
I had one, but then, because I'm a gadget geek, I replaced it with a Canon Rebel DLSR. It takes even better pictures, but is much bulkier.

Just got to your local camera store and listen to their advice.
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The big problem though is like everything electronic. Whatever you buy today will be obsolete by the time you pay for it, put it in your pocket and walk out of the store.
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http://www.elementsvillage.com/forum...ad.php?t=53015

The link above I started when struggling with the same issues you have. I have followed much of the advice given to me and find that using PhotoShop elements is a great way to combine pictures and get a good look from my old camera.

I am saving up for a new camera and will wait for the next Visa kickback to purchase it and new up flash but for $130.00 the Photoshop program is so easy to use and can given you the whole room picture you seek...

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We like the Kodak V570. They no longer make them, so you can find new old stock, or buy them used.
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If you want a wide angle lens for shooting small rooms be prepared to spend that much on just the lens, no camera included.
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If you want a wide angle lens for shooting small rooms be prepared to spend that much on just the lens, no camera included.
Iwas lookimg at the olympus pl1 like a imbetween camera or should i just go point and shoot with a 24 mmm lens
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The number of the lens is meaningless without knowing what size the imaging sensor is.

For instance, a 24mm lens on a 15.8 x 23.6mm sensor is the equivalant to a 35mm film lens, but will produce a 'wider' field of view (a 'true' 24mm) if the sensor is 36.0 x 23.9mm.
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The number of the lens is meaningless without knowing what size the imaging sensor is.
You are absolutely correct. Most manufacturers will list the "35mm equivalent" focal length's in their specs. Make sure that is what you are comparing. Also remember, that is the low end of the zoom range.
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I have a Sigma 10-20mm lens. I use it on my Nikon d70s which has a 1.5 crop factor. So the lens is actually 15-30mm. Works pretty well. You have to be careful how you take the shot because of the distortion factor a fisheye lens introduces.
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You can pick up a decent 10 MP point n shoot at the local best buy or walmart for under 200. It's good for most basic photography. I do have a SLR I use for my "other" hobby of taking pics of pretty girls and my bikes.

Another cheap option is to get a tripod and take several pictures while turning the camera a few degrees at a time and then using photoshop to blend the images together.

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what the best camera out there for under 700 bucks for shots of decks ,kit installs etc etc,need wide angle.lots out there to choose do i go point and shoot or slr bearing in mind im no photo expert

Lol, $700 will not buy you a good lens let alone a camera to mount it on! Then again a good $5000 setup still produces bad photos unless you invest some money in training, books, software.......... You will also need some $$$ for lights and remote flash units.

IMHO, hire a pro until you have 5k saved up and are willing to spend several hours a week learning a new trade.
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Buy a good camera for $1000 with a descent kit lens and then spend some money on a photo editor and hunker down on the program. You can go a long way with a good camera and a lot of know how in the editor.

Most cameras will not produce stunning photos straight out of the camera. And the ones that will do not produce crisp clear pictures. I have about $2500 in camera equipment. But I really need some lighting. That will make the pictures really pop.
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Buy a good camera for $1000 with a descent kit lens and then spend some money on a photo editor and hunker down on the program. You can go a long way with a good camera and a lot of know how in the editor.

Most cameras will not produce stunning photos straight out of the camera. And the ones that will do not produce crisp clear pictures. I have about $2500 in camera equipment. But I really need some lighting. That will make the pictures really pop.
Kit lens IMO good glass will you sharper images, a fixed aperture (generally 2.8), the ability to shoot in lower light, faster shutter speeds... and the list goes on and on. Rent a 24-70 2.8 or a 70-200 2.8 for a day and see for yourself. Just don't fall in love with them since they both carry prices tags over $1500 used.

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