A&P Newbie to DSLR. Is this a good camera?

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  1. MartyFukstein

    MartyFukstein OT Supporter

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    My point and shoot isn't cutting it for my work: I take photos of auto body repair for my repair shop. The p/s doesn't capture enough detail.

    My options are both from Costco (great return policy):

    This Cannon Rebel fits my budget ($550) but doesn't have a flash:
    http://www.costco.com/Browse/Produc...logName:BC&lang=en-US&Sp=C&search=dslr&topnav=

    This Cannon Rebel stretches my budget but has a flash:
    http://www.costco.com/Browse/Produc...logName:BC&lang=en-US&Sp=C&search=dslr&topnav=

    Is the flash helpful? We have a well lit shop.

    What are the other advantages of the second camera?
     
  2. johnson

    johnson New Member

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    What exactly do you want to take pictures of?
     
  3. pawis

    pawis werd em up

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    both have a flash, the other one just isnt popped up in the picture
     
  4. MartyFukstein

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    Cars before and after they have been repaired.
     
  5. johnson

    johnson New Member

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    A point and shoot will work fine. It's just a matter of knowing how to manipulate the camera.

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  6. Sympathy

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    for what you're going to do, a dslr is not going to make a difference.
     
  7. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    :werd: just get a good point and shoot, not a $100 walmart special.
     
  8. MartyFukstein

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    My p/s works fine from a medium range. I need something that can take close-up photos with this level of detail:

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  9. BumbleBeeTuna

    BumbleBeeTuna excuse me, your balls are showing OT Supporter

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    use macro mode?
     
  10. johnson

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    I see a blurry photo of a FLEX orbital polisher and blue hood. From the EXIF, the pic you posted was taken with a Nikon D60 (which is a DSLR) at 1/30 exposure time.

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    Is it not the same as showing orange peel and before/after photos of swirl removal I posted?
     
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  11. darkjedi

    darkjedi Muay Thai expert

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    rebel is fine for that purpose, but so is a point and shoot using macro mode. It would be overkill to get a DSLR just to take pics like that, but if you're going to be using it for other things then why not.
     
  12. MartyFukstein

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    I'm using a Pentax Optio Z10 I bought at Costco for $200.

    I try macro mode, but the pics don't look good.

    If I spend more money on a point/shoot will the pics look better?
     
  13. johnson

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    Post some pictures of you using the macro function.
     
  14. MartyFukstein

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  15. johnson

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    Turn down the ISO. It's set at 800 right now which is giving you noise. Shoot them in better lighting.
     
  16. Sympathy

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    this came out blurry mostlikely b/c 1. your hand was shaking, and 2. shutter was open for 1/4 of a second (exif) b/c you didnt have sufficient light. If you had more light (and less coffee), this wouldn't have happened.
    if you got a dslr and used a kit lens, you'd probably would haven't gotten similar results.
     
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    p&s can show detail, just need light.

    took this with my nikon coolpix ~$150 with a tripod and iso 100
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