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    Does anyone have a recommendation for a digital camera to use to get good close-ups?

    I can see many excellent, really super, photos of watches here on this forum, and then flipped over, also finely-detailed close-ups of the movements.

    I am using a Canon A410, only 3.2M pixels. I can get a good close-up with flash on. But the flash makes the picture quite bright, and over-emphasizes even the tiniest of defects (scratches). I am not exaggerating - when you look at the watch, it seems fine, you can see a couple of minor scratches, but under the camera flash - in the photo - the tiniest scratch looms horrendous. I like the Canon because everything else I take a photo of - books, people, sunsets - looks pretty good and sharp.

    With the flash off, the image is always a little grainy or blurry, even when the camera is held perfectly still. And the works are also not precise enough in the photos.

    I like the camera, I have used it for a decade I think, it takes great photos of everything - everything but watches.

    Any suggestions for a good camera (I am a real cheapskate, Walmart is high-end for me, I shop at Salvation Army) for taking non-flash and clear close-ups?
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    Re: Selecting a Camera...

    Make yourself a light box so you can better diffuse the lighting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar_917 View Post
    Make yourself a light box so you can better diffuse the lighting
    This. You can make one cheap with stuff from Walmart or a hardware store. Just use regular "hot" lights and it won't confuse your camera's light meter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tickywicket View Post
    This. You can make one cheap with stuff from Walmart or a hardware store. Just use regular "hot" lights and it won't confuse your camera's light meter.
    I'm sure you don't mean place the watch on the light box...

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    No, INSIDE the light box is the correct procedure.

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    Light box is $20 on Amazon. Go small.

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    Re: Selecting a Camera...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar_917 View Post
    Make yourself a light box so you can better diffuse the lighting
    +1...I use a 100w CF through a white sheet around simple frame with white paper or posterboard for back drop.

    One other tip: use manual whitebalance using your light source
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    Look for an older Nikon macro manual lens if you want to save $$..the Micro nikkor is great...
    And use a tripod in natural light..

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    I'm lookin for a good Nikon Macro...can anybody help me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leyer1987 View Post
    I'm lookin for a good Nikon Macro...can anybody help me?
    micro 105 2,8 G VR

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