View Full Version : some random macro shots of my tank

10/12/2008, 06:26 PM
ive been contemplating buying a nice Nikon for a while and well i got bored today and decided to try and take some half decent shots with a Sony Cybershot point and shoot :roll: these are the best i could manage...



holding these zoas for a local reefer while he switches tank







10/12/2008, 11:57 PM
Very nice!


10/13/2008, 02:17 AM
For a Point and Shoot, those are great!! If you do decide to move up to a DSLR, let me warn you....It's just as expensive of a hobby as reef tanks!!! LOL. Also just as much of a learning curve....also just as rewarding though!! I took the plunge and went with a Cannon Rebel Xt. At the time, I was undecided between that, a Nikon D40 or 70 and the Sony Alpha. I found a great deal on a used Cannon. They're all great cameras IMO.

10/13/2008, 03:48 AM
+1 for DSLRs. Highly recommend Canons with a 100 f/2.8 macro lens. Just don't go balistic and start getting into "L" lenses. Those are the "Bubble King Supermarines" of the Canon lens lineup.

10/13/2008, 01:52 PM
thanks for the responses...how much would a good price be for a used D40 and the equiment i would need to take some nice macro shots?

10/14/2008, 08:59 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13538425#post13538425 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by J.R.L.
thanks for the responses...how much would a good price be for a used D40 and the equiment i would need to take some nice macro shots?

check out the buy/sell forum on fredmiranda dot com. Just like on the buy/sell forum here, make sure the user is reputable. For retailers, BH photo's reputating is similar to that of liveaquaria/DD/drfoster and marinedepot. Adorama is also decent.

To take good macro shots you'll only need a 100 f/2.8 macro lens (~$500) to start with. I've found that the 50mm macros to be a bit on the short side. Avoid buying any "digital-only" lenses as they won't work on full frame sensors. There's no need to get anything fancy like an MP-65mm macro as it's manual focus and meant for microscopic photography. The 180mm f/3.5L is really expensive (~$1,300) and is more of a portrait lens. I prefer to buy new camera equipment because of the warranty. Unlike some reef equipment that can often be fixed by the user through glueing or replacing parts, it's almost impossible for a user to fix anything on a DSLR camera or lens.

If you have bright halides, then you might not need a separate flash. However, if you're not able to achieve a shutter speed of at least 1/100 (for fish) then you might consider an external ringflash or twin ringlite. Just make sure that the lens is up against the tank's glass or else you'll get reflections. Pop-up flashes don't work too well in macro situations as you'll often get a flash "shadow" on the bottom part of the scene from the lens blocking the flash.