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Macros are great lenses, but I have to think that having a fixed length Macro might not be a good investment for the avg. hobbyist that's looking to take family fun type pics. For someone that may be wanting to take a broad range of pics, a Macro might not really be the right choice for them.
Does anyone have any experience with one of these cameras or an opinion. I am looking for a nice point and shoot type with enough capacity to be able to do some creative shots and enough pixel size to photoshop the images and am looking at these two. But am open to other suggestions in the $300-350 range.KODAK ZD710 50xZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA 7.1MP Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K Digital CameraThanks for any help
I agree for the most part about using only manufacturer specific lenses, but there are a few sleepers that can be had from third parties. In my own experience, as a Nikon shooter, I have had great success with some of Sigma's offerings. Of the big three third parties, Tamron, Tokina and Sigma, I have the most experience with Sigma. They each have their own duds, but in some cases, they offer something that Canon and Nikon do not. I can not say enough good things about Sigma's 150mm 2.8 macro. It makes a great medium telephoto, and offers HSM for quick focus and tracking. It is as sharp as some of my more expensive Nikkors. The Sigma can be had for about $500, and it is worth every penny. I have also used three of Sigma's other fixed focal length lenses, the 105mm 2.8 Macro, 30mm 1.4 and 70mm 2.8 macro. In a lot of cases, a fixed focal length prime lens offers better optical quality, at the expense of not having a zoom capability.You sort of have to be a little more choosy, when looking at Sigma's zoom lenses. Sometimes you can save a great deal of money, but you should really be up on the latest reviews before you purchase. I have liked using the Sigma 24-60mm 2.8 and the 70-200mm 2.8. Both are significantly less expensive than Nikon counterparts, and only suffer marginally when it comes to the optics.For lens reviews, try the following websites:http://www.photozone.de/www.fredmiranda.comww.dpreview.com
I Also, I assume once this is added it won't print when pictures are printed? Thanks in advance!!
But am open to other suggestions in the $300-350 range.
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