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    What camera would you recommend for taking pictures?

    Hi! I want to get my husband a camera for Christmas so he can take pictures of his corals/fish and I can start doing photography hehe win win! What camera would you recommend specifically for his needs to take pictures of the tank?
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    Suzy I would post this on MASC too, to get a greater pool of opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadrw79 View Post
    Suzy I would post this on MASC too, to get a greater pool of opinions.
    Thanks Chad I'll do that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Murfman View Post
    You know he is going to see this, right? Canon Rebel DSLR.
    Really?!?? Can I not delete this post afterwards? Or have it deleted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bush8984 View Post
    Really?!?? Can I not delete this post afterwards? Or have it deleted?

    Ohh and Thank you for giving me one to research Murf
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    I have the canon rebel xti with a sigma 105 lens and love it. If I were to do it over I'd get the canon 100 macro lens instead of the sigma due to compatibility with the canon macro flash but everything else has worked great. I love my extension rings too it allows you to get a little more out of your macro lens.
    I haven't taken it out of its case for so long maybe this will make me dust it off and shot a few pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrassHoppa' View Post
    I have the canon rebel xti with a sigma 105 lens and love it. If I were to do it over I'd get the canon 100 macro lens instead of the sigma due to compatibility with the canon macro flash but everything else has worked great. I love my extension rings too it allows you to get a little more out of your macro lens.
    I haven't taken it out of its case for so long maybe this will make me dust it off and shot a few pics
    Adam if you take some pics I'd love to see how they come out
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    I use a canon d10 or d20 its an underwater one and is just so easy to use you cant go wrong for the price


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    I have a Canon T3i. It came with an 18-55mm lens and I bought a 75-300mm ultrasonic lens. It is an awesome camera. I bought it before my husband and I went to Yellowstone. It is amazing. I have played around with taking pics of my tank and I've gotten some pretty good ones.

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    I guess the question also begs to be asked what kind of pictures were you thinking of taking with it (you had mention photography on the side i.e. landscape, portrait, just for fun, etc). For aquarium pictures you've got three main categories
    1) underwater camera such as Nikon AW100, Canon d10/d20 as chris mentioned, most other companies have one as well.
    Pros: underwater, fairly good pictures, some manual settings depending on the brand for non-aquarium pictures, small size,
    Cons: not as many manual settings, no interchangeable lens (for macro shooting), even though it is waterproof some can leak after time
    2) normal point and shoot and use an underwater casing (a hard case and not one of those plastic ones)
    Pros: you can get a variety of point and shoots that will have underwater casings, most point and shoots have good picture quality for a decent price, can use for other photography projects/fun, the casings are pretty secure and even though they can leak over time (have to make sure to check the seals periodically), smaller size
    Cons: the casings are expensive (most of the time more expensive than the camera), leakage can occur though in my experience not very often (I use an older canon point/shoot in a casing for snorkeling and never have had a problem)
    3) Digital or standard SLR (strongly recommend digital if you go down this route, newest entry level Canon T3i (can get the T2i cheaper now), Nikon 3100, Nikon 5100, Sony Alpha A55, etc)
    Pros: Lots of flexibility with taking pictures of aquarium and also nonaquarium pictures, lots of choices of lens though for macro pictures of aquarium a good prime lens from 65 to 105 mm is best (also great for portraits and family photos), higher frames per second (can take multiple pictures quickly, mine does about 6 fps, some go up to 15 fps), most will do videos now as well
    Cons: cost (entry level $500-800 with a "kit" lens) up to several thousands, lens cost sometimes as much as the camera if not more, bigger and bulkier, not underwater (unless you want to pay hundreds/thousands for the underwater housing), some learning curve if you want to use manual settings (really helps with different lightings with tanks)

    Just my opinion on the matter. Personally I shoot with a Nikon D300 with a multipurpose zoom lens (18-200mm) and I use a telephoto lens for wildlife photography. I'm looking to purchase a 105 mm to use for taking better pictures of my aquarium critters. My wife has the point/shoot canon and I'll use the under water casing that we got at Goodwill for underwater photos sometimes. I did get to try out the Nikon AW100 and it worked well for us and actually shot pretty good video, just didn't need three cameras in the household.
    Also would recommend a good tripod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badgervet View Post
    I guess the question also begs to be asked what kind of pictures were you thinking of taking with it (you had mention photography on the side i.e. landscape, portrait, just for fun, etc). For aquarium pictures you've got three main categories
    1) underwater camera such as Nikon AW100, Canon d10/d20 as chris mentioned, most other companies have one as well.
    Pros: underwater, fairly good pictures, some manual settings depending on the brand for non-aquarium pictures, small size,
    Cons: not as many manual settings, no interchangeable lens (for macro shooting), even though it is waterproof some can leak after time
    2) normal point and shoot and use an underwater casing (a hard case and not one of those plastic ones)
    Pros: you can get a variety of point and shoots that will have underwater casings, most point and shoots have good picture quality for a decent price, can use for other photography projects/fun, the casings are pretty secure and even though they can leak over time (have to make sure to check the seals periodically), smaller size
    Cons: the casings are expensive (most of the time more expensive than the camera), leakage can occur though in my experience not very often (I use an older canon point/shoot in a casing for snorkeling and never have had a problem)
    3) Digital or standard SLR (strongly recommend digital if you go down this route, newest entry level Canon T3i (can get the T2i cheaper now), Nikon 3100, Nikon 5100, Sony Alpha A55, etc)
    Pros: Lots of flexibility with taking pictures of aquarium and also nonaquarium pictures, lots of choices of lens though for macro pictures of aquarium a good prime lens from 65 to 105 mm is best (also great for portraits and family photos), higher frames per second (can take multiple pictures quickly, mine does about 6 fps, some go up to 15 fps), most will do videos now as well
    Cons: cost (entry level $500-800 with a "kit" lens) up to several thousands, lens cost sometimes as much as the camera if not more, bigger and bulkier, not underwater (unless you want to pay hundreds/thousands for the underwater housing), some learning curve if you want to use manual settings (really helps with different lightings with tanks)

    Just my opinion on the matter. Personally I shoot with a Nikon D300 with a multipurpose zoom lens (18-200mm) and I use a telephoto lens for wildlife photography. I'm looking to purchase a 105 mm to use for taking better pictures of my aquarium critters. My wife has the point/shoot canon and I'll use the under water casing that we got at Goodwill for underwater photos sometimes. I did get to try out the Nikon AW100 and it worked well for us and actually shot pretty good video, just didn't need three cameras in the household.
    Also would recommend a good tripod.
    Wow! thanks for all of the information that actually helped. As far as what it would be used for - mainly just for him to take pictures of his tank, corals, critters etc. I would use it just for fun so I wouldnt need anything specific. I know he wants to be able to get inside of his tank and take pictures so that would be a big thing as well.
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    the wife has a canon rebel t3i dslr that work great for her use in photography and my use for the aquarium. best of both worlds i think. for the up close shots of the corals, you might look into a macro lends for it too.
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    Well well well!! Aren't we all just a bunch of sneaky ones, lol!!! Looks like someone forgot to delete the thread (and let the wife know to delete the email notifications that went to my email for each new post)! Love you guys. And NOW, I love my new toy. Early X-mas gift: Canon EOS Rebel t3i with both 18-55mm and 55-250mm



    And of course within minute of gettign it home and without caring it had all of 5 seconds of battery life, I started messing around. didn't even bother reading any instructions just started pushing buttons and here's what came out:








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    More Pics before the battery died






    And a few from across the room:

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    Lol yeah way to be sneaky guys
    That's a nice setup. When you come over you should bring it with. And I'll show you the few tricks I've learned.

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    Def will do.
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