that y'all are getting. There seems to be less than a couple
hundred dollars difference between 950, 880, and 990 so, is there a
clear choice for closeup jewelry use? The 880 gets to 1.8" while
the 900's get to 0.8". I haven't seen any 880 jewelry examples
yet. The only advantage(?) that I see between the 950 & 990 is USB
interface to PC and that has nothing to do with jewelry.
If they are all in the same price range I would go with the 990. I
got a 950 in December because it was $300 cheaper than the 990. The
main difference is that the 990 is a 3.x megapixal and the 950 is a
2.x megapixel. The USB is a nice addition, but I do all my transfers
through a PCMCIA card or an external USB adapter. Both the 900’s
have more advanced features than the 800’s. I have found that the
spot metering on the 950 is the best for my images.
Some more info:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/ is one of the best resources I have
found. They have detailed reviews on most cameras and accessories.
I got four accessories at CKC Power http://ckcpower.com/ that I think
are a must.
AC adapter (about $25) more than pays for itself. Works great in
studio setup giving constant power without worrying about batteries
Battery charger - MH-C204F - charger, 4 1550 AA and car adapter
for just $33.80. If you don’t always use AC power then get these.
Most new cameras will eat alkaline batteries in a few hours.
A remote shutter release cable bracket. This was needed for the
900’s because there is no way to fit a remote release cable to the
camera and for some stupid reason Nikon designed the macro function
and timer on the same control. When shooting macro work on a tripod
you really need to use a time delay or a remote release cable to
avoid camera shake when you press the shutter release button. Many
cameras have a time delay that is independent of other vital
functions so you may not need a shutter release cable.
64MB Memory card. You will need at least a 32MB card to store a
reasonable number of images. A full resolution TIFF file from a 2.x
Megapixal camera is 6+ MB and most cameras only ship with a 8MB card.
I use the next quality down and the images range from 700KB to 1MB
You will probably also want to get an adapter to help transfer the
card contents to your computer. Compact Flash cards can be inserted
into a PCMCIA or PC Card adapter ($10-$15) that can be read by
laptops and some desktops. This is what I use. I place the card
into my laptop and it is recognized as a removable hard drive. The
30-40MB of images transfer in under a minute. There are also Serial,
Parallel, and USB readers for Compact Flash cards. These would hook
up to a spare port on your computer and you can transfer the files
from the card. I recommend using USB if you have it available.
You can also use a cable to transfer directly from the camera to your
computer. A camera with USB built in is much quicker than a serial
connection. Direct transfers also drain batteries quickly. I don’t
like this method because I would have to bring the camera and AC
adapter in from the studio and plug it in to do the transfer instead
of just carrying the card. Dropping was the killer of my last
camera. I keep my new one securely on the tripod in the studio.
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