closest macro-focusing ability oo OLD or new digital cameras? (forpostage stamps)

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by dave, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. dave

    dave Guest

    need digital camera, new OR used. its -sole- purpose will be making
    images "for the web" of individual postage stamps, either at 800 x 600
    (or that's the size they'll be 'reduced to', anyway). 'huge pixel size'
    files aren't needed, so maybe an older digi-cam would be suitable <?>

    anybody know of any sites offer an ability to 'sort' digital cameras by
    their 'extreme close focus' macro abilities? I'd prefer a camera with
    that ability "built in" withOUT having to buy extra lenses...also, the
    ability to have a 'fixed' or 'manual focus only' would be a big plus
    (for this need). I suppose that means I'd need to have the lens in good
    focus at about have the lens in focus at about a single -inch- from the

    alternately, would be very pleased to hear of 'known close focusing'
    digital cameras, both old AND new....

    wide open for suggestions, and thanks :)

    dave, Nov 10, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    I had an older Sony Mavica that would easily get down to postage stamp size.
    Sheldon, Nov 11, 2005
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  3. My brand new Fuji FinePix S9000 can do super macro mode as close as 1 cm. 9
    mega pixel.

    I have owned it for a week. I love it. It accepts good old cable release,
    and external flash sync connections.

    Best Regards,

    WannabeSomeone, Nov 11, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    The closeup range is listed in the specifications, but you may have
    problems finding comparison sites that isolate this feature. There are
    many cameras that will allow ranges down to 1/2 inch, or less. Just
    check the specs.
    Ron Hunter, Nov 11, 2005
  5. dave

    Dave W Guest

    If this truly is going to be 'sole use', then, as Frank ess implies, the
    best solution is a flat bed scanner. Cheaper than the camera you will need,
    and up to the job at it's higher resolutions.

    Dave W.
    Dave W, Nov 11, 2005
  6. YEAH! YEAH! I get mine today!!!! Can't wait!!!
    Fred Williams, Nov 11, 2005
  7. Somewhat of a marketing gimmick, isn't it?

    David J Taylor, Nov 11, 2005
  8. dave

    kctan Guest

    After all is a low res image, a cheap model but good flatbed scanner is more
    than sufficient.
    kctan, Nov 12, 2005
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    SCD Guest

    I second the comment from Frank re. the earlier Nikon Coolpix cameras
    (the ones that swivel in the middle). I had a 900, a 950 and now have
    the 4500 and they have super good macro ability.

    I use mine all the time to take close up work of knitting projects for
    our web site

    here's recent one - see the bottom two photos

    Here's a cotton chenille washcloth closeup

    You should be able to pick up one of these used, maybe on Ebay.

    I paid about $900 for one of mine when they first came out and never
    regretted it!

    SCD, Nov 13, 2005
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