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alltddu
19-03-12, 08:34 PM
Can anyone tell me what cameras have all the following features:

* Completely articulated LCD screen (not just tilt) with good size screen and good definition (as I use this rather than a viewfinder)
* Decent macro with close focus
* Decent wideangle
* Usable manual focus

I am desperately in need of upgrading from my old Nikon Coolpix 5400.
I spend a lot of time crawling around woods taking shots of very small things eg lichens and suchlike, using a stone instead of a tripod.
I also need to be able to take wideangle shots of landscapes and tree canopies.

I could consider a cheaper DSLR but am willing to take advice on this.

wave
20-03-12, 06:50 AM
hi and welcome could you please gives us an idea of your budget. looking around some reviews I cannot see a compact camera that has a decent manual focus plus the other criteria you are looking for. maybe its time to look at a DSLR

alltddu
20-03-12, 03:12 PM
I was hoping to get something for less than 400 pounds secondhand but could spend more. I gather macro lenses are not cheap.

Chris Cool
20-03-12, 03:42 PM
I was hoping to get something for less than 400 pounds secondhand but could spend more. I gather macro lenses are not cheap.There are a few models that have manual focus and an articulated screen but not sure about one with a manual focus ring on the front lens...

The Canon G11 and G12 have a focus scale on screen that you adjust with a dial. Download manual from here Canon G11 (http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/digital_cameras/powershot_pro_series/powershot_g11#BrochuresAndManuals) ------------ Canon G12 (http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/digital_cameras/powershot_pro_series/powershot_g12#BrochuresAndManuals)

You should really be going for a DSLR and to that end, you could get a Nikon D3100 Body Only - Manufacturer Refurbished (good as new) and second hand lenses which don't have so many parts to go wrong Clicky 299 - just a silly price! (http://www.digitaldepot.co.uk/used-equipment/refurbished/nikon-d3100-body-only-40-cashback.html) No articulated screen, but if you carry a small tripod, you should be able to focus fine...

Get this lens for wide angle and close up to get you started Clicky 49 (http://www.digitaldepot.co.uk/used-equipment/used-lenses-1/used-nikon-fit-lenses/second-hand-sigma-18-50mm-f-3-5-5-6-dc-nikon-fit.html) while you save for a second hand macro lens...

You do understand about the Crop factor on a APS-C DSLR? If not Read here (http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/techniques/camera-skills/mastering-your-camera/445465/focal-length-explained-focal-length-equivalents.html)

You do understand how a DSLR works? If not. Look at this walk through in picture format. It's produced by Canon but applies to Nikons as well - use it to find out about ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, focussing etc Clicky (http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/index.html)

And don't forget, post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with any camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for the advanced user. The Curves tool (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet :cool:


Cheers!


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alltddu
20-03-12, 07:53 PM
Thanks for this information. Gives me something to think about.

But I would really miss the articulated lcd. You can't get right down on the ground without one!
(I can't understand why they are so uncommon still.)

What DSLRs have them?
I would consider saving more money rather than lose this facility.

I like Nikon, and have some old SLR lenses.
But would consider anything...

Chris Cool
20-03-12, 08:29 PM
Thanks for this information. Gives me something to think about.

But I would really miss the articulated lcd. You can't get right down on the ground without one!
(I can't understand why they are so uncommon still.)

What DSLRs have them?
I would consider saving more money rather than lose this facility.

I like Nikon, and have some old SLR lenses.
But would consider anything...

Well, if were me and I wanted to stay with Nikon, then it would have to be the Nikon D5100 (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/nikon_d5100_review/) - You can order a refurbished one from here for 389.99 (http://www.parkcameras.com/23501/Nikon-D5100-Body-Refurbished.html?referrer=Froogle+&utm_source=google&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=pid23501)