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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry_tweedie View Post
    I am looking for a camera, probably from ebay of the likes that will allow me to take really good pics of my flies and fish. I am guessing I will probably be needing a macros lens as well. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. As I am only getting started a cheaper option would be preferable.
    It would be useful to know the following:

    1) Are you looking for a fixed lens camera or an interchangeable lens camera?
    2) Cuanto dinero?
    3) What size?

    Number 3 may sound odd, but it's the most important to me. Everyone seems to be obsessed by small, small, small. I don't want teeny-weeny, I want it to fit my hand, so my fingers and thumb are on top of the buttons they need to be pressing while I am using it. I could recommend a camera to you that I think gives you an amazing amount of bang for your bucks, but it's what they call a full sized camera, and if you have never used one, it might seem like a monster of a thing.

    Col
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    I have a Panasonic Lumix, it has a 16X optical Zoom, and a range of functions,a decent size Screen, it's compact, and easy to use, probably one of the Decent fixed lens options, easker1

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    Quote Originally Posted by easker1 View Post
    I have a Panasonic Lumix, it has a 16X optical Zoom, and a range of functions,a decent size Screen, it's compact, and easy to use, probably one of the Decent fixed lens options, easker1
    Good point, as a compact, cameras like the Lumix LX-100 are superb and also have macro capability and full manual (point and shoots work as well, but IMHO limit creativity quite severly). I don't always have the courage to take several Ks worth of DSLR kit with me every time I go fishing on the off chance of taking photos, so the LX-100, in a suitably robust case, is what sits in my tackle bag or vest every time and I use the serious stuff when I'm fishing in Scotland where the landscapes make it worth the risk!!!

    Fly macro taken with an LX-100, not as sharp as a DLSR, but usable:

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    Iain

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    Quote Originally Posted by olive_dabbler View Post
    Good point, as a compact, cameras like the Lumix LX-100 are superb and also have macro capability and full manual...
    For sure - just depends on budget. My compact (Canon PowerShot G10) is about 10 years old now, and consequently, you can pick them up on eBay for about 40...

    Canon PowerShot G10 14.7MP Digital Camera - Black, used, good working order 13803100075 | eBay

    Like yours, it has full manual controls (PASM, etc) and good macro. 14.7 MP sensor, manual focusing, RAW capture, etc. Here is a macro shot taken with it...


    ... and a landscape...


    There will be dozens of similar makes, models and marques available.

    It needs to be borne in mind that someone upgrading their hardware really needs to upgrade their software as well, if they are going to make the most of things like RAW capture. I had a friend bought himself a dSLR and then complained that he reckoned he got better photos from his iPhone. The problem was that he was shooting RAW files but wasn't doing any processing on them. I got him to come to me and we spent a day together on Adobe Camera RAW and the scales fell from his eyes, big-time! If you shoot RAW, you need to put the hours in on a decent RAW editor to learn how to 'process' the shots.

    If you just want to get usable JPEGs 'straight out of camera' then of course you can do that, but you need to read the manual, cover to cover. Get a handle on what to set all your parameters to, as you are trusting the camera to do all the RAW processing on your behalf, and it hasn't a clue what you want, until you tell it.

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    Amazed no one has mentioned the Olympus Tough . I have the TG 4 and its stunning the New TG 5 is fantastic . I have been a lover of Pentax for 30 years these days I have a Pentax K50 with water resistant lens mounts but I still use the Tough 95% of the time . It has a tremendous lense is completely waterproof and even has a microscope mode for fly shots . A pal who has lots of magazine articles published uses one for shots that get published. DSLR cameras are great but if you do not know how to use one they are a waste of money.

    O M W

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overmiwadrers View Post
    Amazed no one has mentioned the Olympus Tough...
    I did sort of mention it. It's in amongst here...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    There will be dozens of similar makes, models and marques available.
    Col
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    Just sayin'...
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    Olympus Tough - takes macro shots of #22 flies, landscapes and underwater shots of fish. With more bells and whistles than you'll ever use.

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