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hammurabi70
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Camera

Post by hammurabi70 » 05 Jun 2019, 22:19

People have posted some nice pictures. Traditionally this was a bit tricky but digital cameras have made getting close up detail a lot easier. What are the specs people have to do this in now?
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Re: Camera

Post by dadlamassu » 06 Jun 2019, 06:28

I use a Fujifilm Finepix S5700 bought many years ago 2007 - it is old but incredibly reliable. Second hand ones are very affordable.

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Body type Compact
Max resolution 3072 x 2304
Effective pixels 7 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Focal length (equiv.) 38–380 mm
Max aperture F3.5–13.6
Articulated LCD No
Screen size 2.5″
Screen dots 230,000
Max shutter speed 1/1000 sec
Storage types xD Picture Card
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 406 g (0.90 lb / 14.32 oz)
Dimensions 106 x 76 x 81 mm (4.17 x 2.99 x 3.19″)
GPS None

granty101
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Re: Camera

Post by granty101 » 06 Jun 2019, 22:39

hammurabi70 wrote:
05 Jun 2019, 22:19
People have posted some nice pictures. Traditionally this was a bit tricky but digital cameras have made getting close up detail a lot easier. What are the specs people have to do this in now?
Most modern camera's , whether SLR or Compacts, will usually have a macro setting for close-up work, but you can just set it to auto and the camera should know what you want to do.

I, like Alan, have a Fuji Finepix, but mine is the S6500, and to be honest, I don't really get enough out of it...so a good digital compact will do you just as well.

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dadlamassu
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Re: Camera

Post by dadlamassu » 07 Jun 2019, 06:39

The Finepix I have has macro and super-macro settings which I have found to be simple to use and more than adequate for everything I do. I also use the old version of MS-Paint (it is simple to use) to reduce them for adding to my website for sharing here and other places.

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Re: Camera

Post by bannockburn bhoy » 08 Jun 2019, 05:32

I must confess I have been completely lax when it comes to this , I have loads of kit I would like to put on here but I just haven't learned how to do it :oops: im genuinely a bit of a technophobe , :? I really should get the finger out and give it a go. :roll:

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Re: Camera

Post by panzerman47 » 14 Jun 2019, 17:18

dadlamassu wrote:
06 Jun 2019, 06:28
I use a Fujifilm Finepix S5700 bought many years ago 2007 - it is old but incredibly reliable. Second hand ones are very affordable.

Image

Body type Compact
Max resolution 3072 x 2304
Effective pixels 7 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Focal length (equiv.) 38–380 mm
Max aperture F3.5–13.6
Articulated LCD No
Screen size 2.5″
Screen dots 230,000
Max shutter speed 1/1000 sec
Storage types xD Picture Card
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 406 g (0.90 lb / 14.32 oz)
Dimensions 106 x 76 x 81 mm (4.17 x 2.99 x 3.19″)
GPS None
The same as the one I use, does the job well.... :D

bannockburn bhoy
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Re: Camera

Post by bannockburn bhoy » 16 Jun 2019, 14:51

How much would one cost now..any idea , and how would you source one...cheers John

granty101
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Re: Camera

Post by granty101 » 16 Jun 2019, 15:09

bannockburn bhoy wrote:
16 Jun 2019, 14:51
How much would one cost now...any idea, and how would you source one...cheers John
Hello John, as far as I know the one Alan has, has been 'surpassed' by newer models (like mine), and might not be available anymore. A good decent 'pre-owned' one, (second hand in old money :lol: ), would cost anywhere from about £50.00, depending upon where your purchased it from, and the condition it's in.

If you have any good local photography stores, go ask about and see what they have. I've had two Fuji Finepix camera's, and I can recommend them wholeheartedly, but at the end of the day, it does contain a mini computer and an LCD, (liquid crystal display) screen that can go wrong..so make sure it's working before purchase ;)

If you do go down the 'pre-owned' route, ask about the cables that go with it, (as not all computers will have an SD card reader), and also ask if it comes with a memory card and not just the internal memory capacity.

If you can't get this model, (that is if you are after this one), see what other Fuji's they have in stock, but don't get anything with less than 5 mega pixels...in the world of photography, the more mega pixels, the better the image resolution.

Anyway, happy shopping bonny lad, and let us know how you get on :D

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Re: Camera

Post by Seret » 19 Jun 2019, 10:11

I've got an old Powershot G10. It's a good little camera, second hand ones seem to go in the £50-100 range. Mine was a freebie from my father-in-law who's in the RPS, so if it's good enough for him it's definitely good enough for me!

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On top of that you'll need a tripod, a lightbox and some lights. You can get a collapsible light box and some cheap lights (and sometimes even a tripod) as a set for about £20.

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I'd suggest adding another light or two to those, if you've got daylight bulbs already for painting your miniatures then just use those for your photos too. People always focus on the camera, but I'd actually say that sorting your lighting and a tripod will make a bigger difference. This kind of setup isn't expensive and will improve your pics hugely. If you get enough light in a good colour through a diffuser you can probably just stick your camera into Auto and Macro and just snap away and you'l get decent shots. TBH, most smart phones have good enough cameras these days that you could get ok results just with those.

The other step that will make a big difference is your photo editing software. This needn't be rocket science. Anyone can install GIMP and quickly opening the pics up and adjusting the levels before clicking save is not at all hard. I'm still very much a noob at this stuff myself, but even if you aren't a whizz at driving your camera you can correct a lot of stuff quickly in the edit.

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