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Re: Online chat with expert

Hi, I need your help to choose the right camera for insects photography
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Hey Walaa,

 

I should be able to point you in the right direction, but I need some additional information from you first. What is your budget? Will you be photographing these insects at a distance or close up? What will the lighting be like (i.e. daytime or nighttime/inside or outside...)? How big and small will the insect you are capturing be?

 

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Thank you so much for your help.. I will take pictures of bees and their larvae in the lab.. My budget is 400$ max.
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Hey Walaa,

 

So photographing insects is part of Macro Photography, and the equipment used for Macro Photography is often very expensive. A typical Macro Photography system that would shoot professional insect photographs indoors would include a higher end DSLR, a specialized Macro Photography lens, and professional lighting equipment. This type of system is going to run around $5,000.

 

Since your budget is $400 I went a different way on this. I have heard that the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 Point-and-Shoot and the Olympus Tough TG-5 Point-and-Shoot cameras are very good at Macro Photography. They are slightly over your budget, but not by much. I would suggest trying one of these camera. Also they both have dedicated Macro Photography modes, and make sure you put them in this mode before shooting these bees and larvae.

 

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As mentioned by Best Buy's Experts the better way to go is with a DSLR setup.  However you can get some decent results with other cameras.

 

I took the attached photo with a Canon Elph. from a few inces away on the MACRO settingCapture.PNG

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