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dfbiggs 09-06-2011 08:38 AM

Need an expert opinion in photographing fish in aquariums
I know there has to be an expert on here. I was wondering if someone can recommend a camera type that is best for taking pics of fish in aquariums. My goals are to get high definition and a pic of a moving fish that is not blurred or washed out by the flash of the camera. Can anyone help?

sankho 09-06-2011 09:31 AM

Hi! I am not an expert, but I can suggest u that u can take photos with the option of Moving stills as we take the sports photos, that I have seen iin canon etc.

BarbH 09-06-2011 09:45 AM

If you are looking at buying a camera, it depends on what type of budget you are working with. Also would you be using the camera for only photographing fish, or would you be interested in pursuing other aspects of photography. If you are able to afford it a entry level digital slr would be my top choice. It would allow you the most versatility, you are able to control shutter speed and aperture. Along with that what you are able to change out the lenses, which you are unable to do with your standard digital camera. If you do decide to go with the dslr option, I would suggest either Nikon or Cannon. I do not know about the Cannons, but with the Nikon you are able to use the older lenses from the slr films on the dslr. Depending on how old the lens is you may not be able to use the auto focus feature, and if the lens is real old you may have to manually set your shutter speed, but with a little bit of playing around it is not too difficult, and if you have a light meter than you can use that to figure out the shutter speed that you need. Also with my Nikon dslr I am able to use the bellows set up from by film slr which will allow you to do macro photography without having to purchase a macro lens.

If you do not want to go this route than I would suggest that with a standard digital camera you will want to get one with high megapixels. Also you will want to look at the optical zoom on the camera. Hope this helps some :-D

Reece 09-06-2011 09:58 AM

I don't know about the cameras but as a note I can't wait until Christmas lol. I'm gonna ask for a camera this year so that I can take better pictures of Daz (my male betta) as the iPod camera is good for the time being but the pictures just don't justify his beauty that he has in person. My avatar picture is one of the best that I have of him, but it's still not a very good shot!

One of the reasons the pictures are so bad is that the camera is a lousy 2 mega pixel >_<

Christople 09-06-2011 10:47 AM

yeah.... digital slr by nikon would be great BUT maybe a cheaper route may be a water proof camera. I am also looking into a slr for christmas...

copperarabian 09-13-2011 02:33 PM

what type of fish are you photographing, whats you lighting? I think a DSLR is the best camera to go with, but they tend to me more expensive.

I took these with my DSLR,

I get my best photo's when I remove the fish from the aquarium (I do this with my bettas) and put them near a window to get the best lighting

If you have any questions go ahead and ask, I'm a photography major so I know a lot about using cameras. What would your budget be for the camera?

Reece 09-13-2011 02:50 PM

What's the best for say 50?
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copperarabian 09-13-2011 04:00 PM


Originally Posted by Reece (Post 824186)
What's the best for say 50?
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I use American currency so, so I'm not sure about the exchange rate between the two.

I really like Lumix cameras, I think they are the best quality cheaper camera

I get good results with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 but it's a little more pricey at $434 (Price for

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20k takes very good photos for a little point in shoot and is only $159

the panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is water proof and takes good underwater shots :D It's also a litle oricey though ($399)

The Really thin camera's never seem to take very good photo's to me. The main problem is the sensor(Digital version of film) is so small and must absorb a lot of information that the photo looses quality. The cameras above both have a little thicker bodies, so they can make the camera's sensor a little bigger.

DLSR cameras will have a much better quality then point and shoots, but will cost about 500+ for a good one.

Here's some good DSLR's that aren't insanely expensive

Nikon D3100
Nikon D3000
Canon EOS rebel T3i
Sony a55

Christople 09-13-2011 06:46 PM

50pounds is about 100 and 10 or so dollars

Mikaila31 09-13-2011 11:14 PM

I agree with copperarabian. If all you have is $100 I would just save your money as you are not gonna get anything high definition with the kind of manual setting you are going to need. However as important as the camera is, the external environment and factors are also (if not more) important. A lot of lower end cameras can do much better if you throw some extra light on the tank during a photo op.

I also have a lumix, a FZ-28, the precursor to the FZ-35 I believe. Its a great camera and I use it for absolutely everything. I bought mine in 09 for $300. The FZ-35 is the newer option.

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