Before selecting, the foremost thing is to decide your budget. You may
be lured by better cameras once you started knowing about them hence
you will have to limit yourself with the budget, i.e., stop looking at
anything beyond your budget. You may at times feel like, "ok if I add
few more thousands to my budget then after 2-3 months I will buy
another and better camera!!". But remember, companies keep on
releasing new models throughout the year and hence better models keep
coming. After 3 months you may realise that there is still a better
option which you have to wait for another few months and this goes
on.....so STOP AND LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE AVAILABLE AT THE SHOPS,
unless you are planning to go for a very high end camera.
One more thing you should remember that buying during festive seasons
may give you lot of discounts and other accessory offers. For people
living outside India, especially in Europe or USA, the best time to
get many offers are during Christmas sale. You really get some
extraordinarily cheap rates.
Once you have fixed your budget, its time for setting up your priorities:
1. Sensor Size (Bigger the sensor size, better better should be the
result. Sensor can usually be of two types, CMOS or CCD. There is no
clearcut distinction about which is better, but CMOS use less power,
are faster and comparatively cheaper than CCD).
2. Megapixel (at optimum size, 10 megapixel is good enough, you may
think of 12 megapixel too, but always remember, that you need an
external storage device for all your pictures and a bigger flash card
too. Most of us are not planning to get a door size printouts of our
pictures, hence limiting yourself to 12 megapixel is a good idea).
3. Body Size (some cameras are heavy and in field at times you really
find it to be too heavy and curse yourself for carrying it especially
on long or high altitude treks.)
4. Modes: Look out for the MANUAL mode. Any camera with MANUAL mode
gives you more option to create your own modes for taking shots. If
you are looking for closeup shots then look for availability of MACRO
mode and also look for the minimum closeup distance of the lens. Its
usually written on the lens or the camera body. Also look for the
placement of FLASH on the camera at the minimum closeup distance.
Because if you want to use flash on macro mode then it castes a shadow
of the hood on the subject. Ability to use flash in macro is always a
good option. In compact cameras and prosumers, if you have a camera
with lens which doesnt pop out then its always good. This technology
is called INTERNAL FOCUSING (IF) and its written on the lens or body
for DSLRs. For compact cameras, this is a good option as it doesnot
caste shadow of the hood on the subject.
5. Attachment options: Some lower end camera also comes with accessory
lens (attaching other wideangle or telezoom lens) and extra flash
attachment options. So if such options are available then its good to
enhance your creativity as well as the usage of you camera.
REMEMBER, A GOOD CAMERA WILL NOT GIVE YOU GOOD RESULTS. IT ALWAYS
DEPEND ON YOUR OWN ABILITY TO USE A CAMERA PROPERLY TO GET THE BEST
RESULTS OUT OF IT.
"TAXONOMISTS GETTING EXTINCT AND SPECIES DATA DEFICIENT !!"
Pankaj Kumar Ph.D. (Orchidaceae)
Greater Kailash Sacred Landscape Project
Department of Habitat Ecology
Wildlife Institute of India
Post Box # 18
Dehradun - 248001, India
CANON 40D - Mg alloy body / 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS sensor / EOS
Integrated Cleaning System / lens option highest / LCD 3' / ISO 100 -
3200 / PRICE - highest
NIKON D60 - fibre body / 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor / Image sensor
cleaning system / lens option more / LCD 2.5' / ISO 100 - 3200 / PRICE
SONY A100 - fibre body / 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor / absent / lens
option less / LCD 2.5' / ISO 100 - 1600 / PRICE - medium
There are many other features to compare with.
If I had to choose a long lasting sturdy body, I would have gone
personally for 40D just because it has a magnesium allow body which is
much more sturdy than fibre body though it has smaller sensor but same
megapixel (thats why it is costlier than other two).
If I had to look for price (fixed budget) then with similar features I
would have gone for Nikon at lowest price.
Why wouldnt I choose Sony, because it has lesser lens option as its
lens mount is not compatible with all. At the same price and similar
options, Nikon is always a better option for me over Sony and
remember, I belong to Nikon fanclub!! :)).
EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY !!!
When they take pictures of animals they prefer covering the habitat
too, hence its good that ways if they use the wideangle.
But when we talk about closeup details then macro lens is needed. Most
of the wide angle lens dont go close more than 25cm and at that point
you cant zoom in more, hence it becomes a negative point while
shooting macro. Secondly, in animal photography, you dont want to
disturb the subject it may run/fly away, hence to maintaining a
distance is always a good option.
And as I said before, small cameras also does wonder and I fully agree
with you on this. The four pictures which I added of those, i like
Erythrina crysta-galli the most although it has been taken by a
compact pocket digital camera.
If you wish to minimise the weight then wideangle serves the purpose.
Just adding few more pics. These details, you may not ever get with a
Hi Dr. Oudhia,
Nice photographs !!! In case you are interested they are:
1.The House Fly [Musca domestica].
2 & 5. Jewel Bugs [Chrysocoris stolli].
3.Brown Lynx spider [Oxyopes rufisternum].
4.Pongamia pinnata seeds.
& 6.Tortoise Shell Beetles [Aspidomorpha milliaris].
--- On Wed, 3/2/11, Pankaj Oudhia <pankaj...@gmail.com> wrote:
Thanks Dr. Oudhia. I stand corrected.