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Looking for first DSLR for aquarium shots and animals

 
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Jan 29, 2018 21:16 |  #1

Looking to purchase my first camera to photograph my aquarium, fish and corals. Will be for close up (Macro) pictures and a video here and there.

I would also like to photograph my other pets, cats and dog. Those will be the main photos for this camera. I don't think I would want to take the camera to family and friend events. But that could always change.

Ive always been a big fan of Canon Cameras, Ive always had Canon point and shoot cameras. Although I am open to other brands. Ive seen some great pictures with Nikon Cameras.




  
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Jan 30, 2018 11:04 |  #2

How much are you looking to spend? The Canon T7i is their latest and greatest in the Rebel line, which is a good starting point. You can find good deals at the Canon refurb store:
https://shop.usa.canon​.com …35-is-stm-kit-refurbished (external link)
Something like that kit + the EF-S 60mm macro lens should meet all your needs.

The 80D is an excellent crop-sensor camera for a little more money
The 6D is a good full-frame camera if you want better low-light performance without getting too expensive
The 5Dmark4 is an excellent all-around camera

Other brands have similar price/performance levels. Your title says DSLR, but if you're willing to look at interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras then that opens up even more options.
Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, Olympus are all worth looking at.

If possible you should visit a local camera/electronics store and look at some options in person, see how they fit your hand, etc. Sometimes the most important criteria is how a camera feels to you, which none of us can tell you. I'm a big fan of Sony's mirrorless options (A6000, A7, etc.) but some people hate their ergonomics.




  
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Jan 30, 2018 12:14 |  #3

Keep in mind that a very significant issue are REFLECTIONS off the surface of the glass/plexiglass.

So you either need to be hiding behind a black cloth (since the acquarium lights are illuminating where you are standing), or doing photos in a public space is especially challenging...unless you have the lens up against the glass with a rubber lenshood serving both to block reflections/light and also to avoid surface damage or your fingerprints (and don't forget to have a cloth to remove the greasy nose prints and hand prints of children).

I think these considerations are key characteristics about what works well (or poorly) in the shooting circumstances you envision.


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Jan 30, 2018 23:19 |  #4

Any modern DLSR will do a great job if you follow the suggestions posted. This is with a Canon 50D in 2008. Took a bit cloning to get rid of the scratches on the glass. Zoo aquarium.


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Another where I didn't take of the scratches.


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Jan 31, 2018 16:39 |  #6

Thanks for all the feedback.
Originally I was looking at the Canon 80D
I went to Best Buy to look at cameras and the sales guy was going on about the Sony Mirrorless cameras. I got to say Im really impressed.
Any specific one you would suggest.
I was set on a DSLR but now not so much. Im open to other options.

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Jan 31, 2018 19:12 |  #7

In your search, regardless of what type of camera you get (P&S, bridge camera, mirrorless, dSLR) keep in mind that if you select a camera which does HIGH ISO well, that is a good selection for your aquarium photography.

Shooting outdoors in sunlight, you generally want to stay away from cameras which require you to hold the camera away from your body to view an external LCD...bad for camera stability, and bad for washed out LCD which is difficult to see with the sun falling on the LCD.


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