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    Need camera recommendation for watch shots

    Can anyone recommend the lowest cost camera I can purchase which will allow excellent pictures of watches in detail and up close? My current camera is not doing it for me...
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    Re: Need camera recommendation for watch shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Tannicmonster View Post
    Can anyone recommend the lowest cost camera I can purchase which will allow excellent pictures of watches in detail and up close? My current camera is not doing it for me...
    Which is your current camera and what is it about it that is not doing it for you?

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    Re: Need camera recommendation for watch shots

    It's usually not the camera, it's the lighting. Even cheap cameras will be fine as long as you have good lighting, a tripod, and some patience.

    I use a canon xt dslr, mostly.

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    Re: Need camera recommendation for watch shots

    I'm not a WIS (thank God!), so you can take this "advice" with however many grains of salt you wish, but....

    Is there anything else you would want to take pictures of? What's your budget? What's your photography experience? Do you want a point-and-shoot, or a DSLR?

    I would think that your other uses might be more important in the purchase of a camera than its ability to take pictures of watches (and I do agree that the quality of the camera has little to do with the quality of a watch-picture, compared to the quality of the lighting, and holding the camera still (either with a tripod or a very fast shutter speed).
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    Re: Need camera recommendation for watch shots

    how close do you want to get? and your budget

    this was taken with a 100mm macro lens


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    Re: Need camera recommendation for watch shots

    Quote Originally Posted by gnuyork View Post
    Which is your current camera and what is it about it that is not doing it for you?
    My camera is a Casio Exilim 7.2 mega pixel. It is very frustrating...I can't figure out how to turn the flash off which screws up the pics, and it seem the pictures up close are blurry. And, if I try to get super close it is impossible due to the blurriness...
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    Re: Need camera recommendation for watch shots

    Hope this doesn't sound harsh: read the manual. That'll tell you how to kill the flash and enable Macro mode. I've not come across a P&S camera without one so far, so it's a good bet yours has it. Flash (unless they're stupid-expensive dedicated ring flashes and the like) and macro photography are not a good mix.

    Macro mode allows the camera to focus at very short distances. Usually, without that your camera will not focus short of about a foot-and-a-half.

    Decent ambient light, tripod (or a bag of pinto beans) and even the self-timer will be your friends while doing this type of work. Do some experimenting and get back to us with the questions that will certainly arise - we'll help.
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    Re: Need camera recommendation for watch shots

    Some pocket cameras don't allow you to get the photo done manually. Photographing watches can be quite tricky if you're in auto modes. I highly recommend you to get a pocket camera that has manual settings or a DSLR with a dedicated macro lens for more serious work.

    Canon PowerShot S95 or Canon PowerShot G12 are very good pocket cameras with manual control. G12 allows you to mount an external flash using its hot-shoe.

    One piece of advice: NEVER use on-camera flash. You'll blown all the details of the watch. Use ambient light only or with off-camera flash.

    These are some watch photos that i took with a DSLR + macro lens and off-camera flashes (some using 1, others 2)








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    Re: Need camera recommendation for watch shots

    Lens & Lighting are much more important the camera body. I use a Nikon D40 (about $399) with a 100mm macro lense and off camera flash with a softbox

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    Re: Need camera recommendation for watch shots

    Had a G9...........You can place the outside edge of the lens on the thing you are photographing and it will focus........Amazing camera/AF system. I always use natural light or make my own little lightbox with printer paper.........Off the camera flash is the only way to go.........

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