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Posted by aw8one on 02/11/09


So im finally going to get a new camera ive had the same one since 2004 its just getting out dated. Ill probably get one of the Canon SLR but i figured i would see what you guys are using and why you like it. I know there are much cheaper cameras that perhaps will do the job just fine. As far as job simply good reference pics and tattoos.



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Posted by Tobie Warren on 02/11/09


I think the Canon EOS Rebel XSi EF-S is probably the best bang for the buck when buying a digital camera in the cannon series. It utilizes the same processor as the pricier 40D and 5D. The casing and some of the motorized parts are where they skimmed to make this camera more cost efficient.

The most important thing to look for in a digital camera is the Processor and the Lens. With the Canon you have a large verity of top dollar lenses to choose from. When choosing a lens, try to lean towards fast glass that contains aspherical glass elements. (The lower the F stop or aperture rating the better the lens) Out of the box lenses are sufficient, but rarely capture the images you desire.

When it comes to point and shoot cameras the same rules apply, Possessor and Glass. The lens on these cameras are the most important attribute to the image capture. It should have a high level of Optical Zoom 10x to 12x. Keep in mind that Digital zoom equates to image noise and motion blur. The next most important thing is the cameras automatic exposure metering. I prefer Olympus cameras when it comes to the point and shoot cameras in this category. They have an excellent exposure rating. For computer use it really doesn't mater what level of mega pixels the camera has, anything from 2.0 and above will be sufficient for any and all posts. For my computer use I have an Olympus C-700 that I bought in 2002. They can be bought for a hundred bucks or less on ebay. It's 10x optical and contains 3 aspherical glass elements. The cards are smart media and a 128 mg card can be bought for about 10 dollars or less off ebay. A bang for the buck no worries no hassle little camera for computer use.

If you want to step up a little from the Olympus, the Fugi FinePix S700 would be the best bang for the buck, go to, point and shoot camera in my opinion. After that I would put my money on the Canon.

Even with the finest camera in the world, lighting plays the most important factor in capturing a solid image. Diffused sunlight or multiple points of soft light will yield the best results. I hope this helps.


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Posted by ltd on 02/11/09


haha, this is weird. Couple of days ago I was gonna post this very same topic being I was in the market for a new camera but dont know the first thing about them.

Ended up finding a FujiS1000fd new for 2 online and it should arrive in a day or two. I'll mess with it for a few days and let you know what I think bout it.....


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Posted by joep on 02/11/09


i bought a nikkon cool pics for under 200 and i love it. its great for getting super clean tattoo and machine pics. the macro setting isnt as great as id like it to be. but for tattoos and stuff its great. you have to be sure to get your light sources squared away or the thing wont focus for shit. -joep


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Posted by ltd on 02/14/09


yeah, this fuji1000 is pretty sweet. It has two stage macro settings that gives you some pretty clear close-up shots as well as a nice 3 picture panaramic function allowing you to take 3 consectiuve shots and it matches them for you.

You cant zoom in video mode but if you dont really need that your golden. I slapped an 8 gig card in there and in its best picture quality mode it stores 1600 or so snaps. Its very easy to use and battery life seems great. It holds 4aa recharagables and has a discharge function to help keep battery life as large as possible.

Softwear is pop in the disk and go with nice picture review and editing in camera.


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Posted by jules on 02/20/09


I would say go for an SLR, I know it's pricier but there's no compromise when it comes to image quality. I have a canon 40d and use a 60mm f2.8 macro when taking individual tattoo shots and would opt for the standard kit lens (say 18-55) for taking shots of completed sleeves. A nice piece of fast glass would be lovely but it can make things a whole load more expensive! The colours are much more precise with this level of camera and there's no comparison when it comes to printing the photographs. They are miles clearer and pin-sharp.

Another huge factor in how your photos turn out, regardless of what camera you are using is to learn what you are doing with your camera as regards to aperture, shutter speed and exposure and also learn about how different lighting will affect your shots.

You could also look at the Canon powershot range, the G9 is a great wee camera which you'll have full control of all of the manual settings with. It's also come down in price since the release of the G10.


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Posted by gruff55 on 02/20/09


nikon d80 is what i used at uni i prefer the colours they produce. a good sturdy camera...


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Posted by Griggs on 08/11/10


I just bought the entry level model for the canon eos series(rebel xs) and it is amazing!!! the rebel t2i and the 5d are canons newest addition to the series and they are great...Nick what do you use these days? I know u had the rebel 2000 but I'm sure you've gotten a new one since...


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Posted by Griggs on 08/11/10


Nick I saw a post from a few months ago saying you use a 30d..so ignore that above question..thanks


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Posted by Griggs on 08/11/10


Nick I saw a post from a few months ago saying you use a 30d..so ignore that above question..thanks


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Posted by Liz Cook on 08/11/10


I recently bought a Canon G11 and am more than happy with it. I didn't really want to go to an slr as I wanted something fairly easy and compact as taking tattoo pics can sometimes be a rushed not so perfect setting, the G11 seems better suited to the job than the basic point and shoot I used to use but still easy to get a nice pic from ( I also bought a tripod and soft light) The screen on the G11 makes for taking easy shoulder cap pics as it can be moved around to suit. I'm still in beginner stages of photography but having some good results with my new setup.


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