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    Looking for ideas on a new camera to raise my watch photography game.

    Hi all!

    So I'm considering getting a new camera, as atm I just use my smartphone.

    I'd want something that I can also use when taking pictures of my watches, as well as general use.

    My budget is strictly entry level, and I've been considering the Sony A5100.

    https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/i...-5100-body-kit


    Scrolling through here I can see plenty of people are pretty good at photography, so I was looking for some thoughts and advice.

    Would the Sony suit my needs, or is there something better out there?
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    Re: Looking for ideas on a new camera to raise my watch photography game.

    This might not be what you're looking for, but saw an article about iPhone lens attachments.
    Might be an inexpensive answer. I found a random pic.
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    Re: Looking for ideas on a new camera to raise my watch photography game.

    any standalone camera will be better than a phone camera

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    Re: Looking for ideas on a new camera to raise my watch photography game.

    Other than the A5100 I would also give a recommendation to the Nikon D3400 or the Olympus OM-D EM10 MKII.
    Both cameras are pretty great , have useful tutorials on YouTube, and you can find some really great prime/macro lenses that are fantastic for watch photography.
    I myself use a Sony a6000 only because I found a good deal on the camera before I saw a deal for the other cameras mentioned.
    Here are a few examples of what it is capable of:

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    Re: Looking for ideas on a new camera to raise my watch photography game.

    Quote Originally Posted by Watch That Sweep View Post
    Hi all!

    So I'm considering getting a new camera, as atm I just use my smartphone.

    I'd want something that I can also use when taking pictures of my watches, as well as general use.

    My budget is strictly entry level, and I've been considering the Sony A5100.

    https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/i...-5100-body-kit


    Scrolling through here I can see plenty of people are pretty good at photography, so I was looking for some thoughts and advice.

    Would the Sony suit my needs, or is there something better out there?
    Go mirrorless. "Cannikon" has just entered the game against Sony and Fuji. Should get real competitive real soon. Prisms are unnecessary.

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    Re: Looking for ideas on a new camera to raise my watch photography game.

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    Go mirrorless. "Cannikon" has just entered the game against Sony and Fuji. Should get real competitive real soon. Prisms are unnecessary.

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    That's why I was looking at the Sony. Same sensor as an entry level Canon DSLR, but higher pixels and lighter.

    I have borrowed a Canon Eos 1300 and was impressed with the results.

    Managed to shoot this with it which I was quite pleased with.

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    Re: Looking for ideas on a new camera to raise my watch photography game.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommywine0 View Post
    This might not be what you're looking for, but saw an article about iPhone lens attachments.
    Might be an inexpensive answer. I found a random pic.
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    Thanks, but I'm after a dedicated camera. These are good, but they're still limited by the phone.
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    Re: Looking for ideas on a new camera to raise my watch photography game.

    Quote Originally Posted by Watch That Sweep View Post
    That's why I was looking at the Sony. Same sensor as an entry level Canon DSLR, but higher pixels and lighter.

    I have borrowed a Canon Eos 1300 and was impressed with the results.

    Managed to shoot this with it which I was quite pleased with.

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    The imaging dept where I work has a Sony Alpha a-7 III with the G Master lenses. Every time I go down there I'm a kid in a candy store. Impeccable shots! It's what turned me on to mirrorless. If you can drop that much on that series, go for it.

    As they say, pay a high price and cry once, or go cheap and cry forever... (Same with watches!)

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    Re: Looking for ideas on a new camera to raise my watch photography game.

    Take great consideration into mirrorless because that is where the future is going. I currently shot with Nikon and was looking into going full frame D850, that is until the Z model came out last month. Olympus and Sony already has their line available to to purchase at retailers. I recommend going to your local camera store and take some test shots. The weight differential alone is persuading. Apparently the focus capability on the mirror system is levels above the current DSLR’s.


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    Re: Looking for ideas on a new camera to raise my watch photography game.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jcher View Post
    Take great consideration into mirrorless because that is where the future is going. I currently shot with Nikon and was looking into going full frame D850, that is until the Z model came out last month. Olympus and Sony already has their line available to to purchase at retailers. I recommend going to your local camera store and take some test shots. The weight differential alone is persuading. Apparently the focus capability on the mirror system is levels above the current DSLR’s.


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    Yes. The Sony Alphas have hundreds of floating AF points. Most Cannikon models have a fraction of that. Makes a huge difference.

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