[meteorite-list] Digital Camera for Studio Photography

From: Sterling K. Webb <sterling_k_webb_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 00:51:14 -0500
Message-ID: <A632D238DCC4450ABA74D8AF3F056C04_at_ATARIENGINE2>

Greg, List,

> the megapixel capability is something I should consider...

On the question of choosing a digital interchangeable
lens camera, the comparison that comes to mind is with
film cameras. 35mm film (which most would consider
the standard for comparison) is roughly the equivalent
of 14+ megapixels, so if you want a digital as "good" as
the best 35mm camera, 16mp is the minimum you
should aim for.

The sensors in digital cameras are not as large as a
frame of 35mm film. The largest (and most expensive)
digital sensors are about the APS film size. (APS is
the Advanced Photo System introduced by Kodak just
as film was dying for good.) It's 2/3rds the size of a
35mm frame.

Nikon DX, Pentax and Sony use an APS-C sensor of
23.6mm x 15.7mm. Canon uses a smaller 22.2mm
x 14.8mm APS-C sensor and a larger APS-H sensor
that's 28.7mm x 19mm (with a good-sized price jump
between them; you won't have any trouble telling
them apart). Both Nikon and Canon (and Sony and
Samsung) have brought out cameras with 20 to 24
megapixels (and larger sensors).

And, paradoxically, once you start, you will end up
spending far more on lenses than you do on cameras.
The last "system" camera I bought was chosen for
value, but I now have nine lenses for it, most of which
cost more than the camera, and I am even now
counting up my pennies for the next lens... (It may
be a disease.)

Enjoy your jump into the Money Pit.

Sterling K. Webb
----- Original Message -----
From: "Greg Hup?" <gmhupe at centurylink.net>
To: <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 05, 2013 2:27 PM
Subject: [meteorite-list] Digital Camera for Studio Photography

Hello All,

I am starting to look for a DSLR camera for studio photography of
meteorites, minerals and similar. I figured the best source for opinions
would be here so anyone with experience in this I would appreciate your
suggestions. I am looking for something that has the best quality for
but want to consider all possibilities regardless of cost so I can
my images. I will also like suggestions on different lens options to go
macro to ??mm so I can get microscopic depth along with stand back and
a large meteorite if needed without changing lenses. As I read a little
today, the megapixel capability is something I should consider.

Thank you in advance on whatever info and suggestions you can provide!

Best Regards,

Greg Hup?
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