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Lou Ann Walker

Need advice on digital with macro mode

I'm new to the forum and have looked through the Q&As but didn't see my exact question. I currently have a Kodak DX3700 with the camera dock and mostly use it for posting pictures on ebay and a few family pictures. It was my first digital camera after using SLRs and a few point-and-shoot models. There are a number of things I dislike about the camera. The "viewfinder" doesn't show what I'm going to get so I have to frame the shot completely wrong to get what I want. But now I have some items I want to photograph that require a very closeup, detailed picture and the photos with this camera just get fuzzy when doing anything that close. Examples are items I need to photograph: jewelry, the trademark of a collectible to show that the piece is authentic, details of glassware, etc. From reading the posts, I believe what I need is a digital camera with a macro mode. I need some recommendations about a good camera in my price range (up to $500), that would do what I need to do for ebay and yet is still good for taking pictures of my son in the marching band. Thank you for taking the time to help an amateur photographer! :)

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9/19/2004 6:19:00 AM

Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Hi Lou Ann,
I have the Fujifilm S5000 and totally love it. It has a great macro mode as well as a 10 x zoom and 0.2 second burst mode. If you are talking $500 US you can probably upgrade to the S7000 which has an even better super macro mode.
Try e-mailing a few people on the BP site who use this camera (search in reviews for these cameras and then click on view pictures taken with this camera...) You can e-mail anyone who has a member gallery or web site.
Good luck!

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9/19/2004 4:35:03 PM

Lou Ann Walker   Diane, you have some awesome pictures posted! I'm sure much of it is due to your skill, but obviously the S5000 is a great piece of equipment! I've read some reviews and checked some prices after I got your response, and so far I'm very impressed. I'm not sure I even need to go to the S7000. It looks like the 5000 would be more than enough camera for my needs, but I'm keeping an open mind. Thanks for the great advice!

Any other suggestions anyone?

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9/19/2004 9:26:53 PM

Maverick Creatives
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/1/2004
  Hi Lou Ann.
I also have a Fuji S5000 and love using it. I am an e-bay seller and use my photos on the site. They transfer to e-bay very clear and precise.
On e-bay as on this site I reduce the image size to 800 x 600.
Actually, Diane is a terrible photographer, it's the camera that saves her, lol. Just kidding Diane.

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9/20/2004 4:53:17 PM

Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Gary - you sure made me laugh this morning! You also suck - so there! :-)It is all thanks to this magical camera!

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9/21/2004 3:22:19 AM

Maverick Creatives
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/1/2004
  LOL,,,hi ya Diane
It's fall soon, my favorite time of year. and hey, wanna trade camera's ?laughing


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9/21/2004 1:06:39 PM

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