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    Hi i'm new in the photography world hope all the senior can recommand me a camera maybe budget below $500 for aquatic shooting

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    Default Re: Recommand camera for aquatic shooting

    Just to clarify: do you refer to Underwater Photography (while diving) or taking pictures of aquatic life in an aquarium (from outside)?
    For the former one we have a sub forum where equipment is discussed as well. There is no simple answer and the required budget usually stops a lot of people to dive into it further.
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    The best way to start will be to buy an instant camera with waterproof casing, usually around $15 - $20 in stores that print photos.

    After you shoot your first set, print out the results(@$20) and see if you are inspired to explore further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Just to clarify: do you refer to Underwater Photography (while diving) or taking pictures of aquatic life in an aquarium (from outside)?
    For the former one we have a sub forum where equipment is discussed as well. There is no simple answer and the required budget usually stops a lot of people to dive into it further.
    Oh i'm sorry if its not clear.I mean taking pictures of aquatic life in an aquarium

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01dsk001 View Post
    The best way to start will be to buy an instant camera with waterproof casing, usually around $15 - $20 in stores that print photos.

    After you shoot your first set, print out the results(@$20) and see if you are inspired to explore further.
    You're talking about the film type? If so, certain that those disposable cams will turn many people off.
    What I really missed most, is my first SLR. An Olympus OM2 with the Zuiko 35mm f/1.4, back in 1982!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilgod View Post
    Oh i'm sorry if its not clear.I mean taking pictures of aquatic life in an aquarium
    Thanks for the clarification. In that case, there is no specific equipment required. Any camera can do it if you know how to position it to avoid reflections and glare.
    Search the forum (e.g. for 'aquarium' or 'fish tank'), there are older threads discussing exactly this situation.
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    I am not a photographer, just someone who happened to have a couple of cameras.
    My lousy shots

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    Having the right set up is more important than getting just the cam. You need remote flash to get decent result.

    See here for example --> Basic tips on aquatic photography
    Aquatic Photography --> Amiidae.com
    Predatory Fish Keeping Forum --> PredatoryFishKeepers.com

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    Thanks all for the great help i believe that the shutter speed for taking aquatic need to be high right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilgod View Post
    Thanks all for the great help i believe that the shutter speed for taking aquatic need to be high right?
    What brings you to that believe? Explain a bit. Do read up about what shutter speed means and how it affect pictures.
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    Default Re: Recommand camera for aquatic shooting

    Quote Originally Posted by Devilgod View Post
    Thanks all for the great help i believe that the shutter speed for taking aquatic need to be high right?
    Not really. Depend on your subject. If the subject is not moving at all, you really don't need that high a shutter speed. If it is moving very slowly, you don't need extremely high shutter speed either. However, if your lens doesn't has any image stabilization to it, a good rule of thumb is to shoot at 1/(the maximum focal range) of a second to prevent or minimise motion blur from your own hand. For example, if you are shooting with a non-stabilized 100mm macro lens, a good speed would be 1/100 sec.

    http://aquariadise.com/aquarium-photography-tips/
    http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...basics_pt1.php
    I am not a photographer, just someone who happened to have a couple of cameras.
    My lousy shots

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    I was in an aquarium related forum previously, and there were much talk about how to take photos of the contents of the aquarium (small 1-2 feet tanks). A flash is absolutely crucial as the aquarium tends to be not very bright and you want a fast shutter speed to freeze action so as to showcase the colors and patterns of the fish and other aquatic life in it. Many of the members recommended 2 to 3 flashes from the sides and from the top of the tank. With multiple flashes, you'll need a triggering system for your camera.

    A dslr or mirrorless camera is recommended and a long macro lens is required. Too short a lens and you need to go very near the tank, scaring the fish in it. Macro is needed to ensure the small fish in it gets enough frame coverage.

    Lastly, you'll need to clean the glass walls of the tank to ensure clear images. Hope this helps

    Quote Originally Posted by Devilgod View Post
    Oh i'm sorry if its not clear.I mean taking pictures of aquatic life in an aquarium
    Sean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilgod View Post
    Thanks all for the great help i believe that the shutter speed for taking aquatic need to be high right?
    Depending on your subject. For aquatic photography, generally you need to try achieving the followings :


    Raise higher speed for moving subject like fishes and lower for planted tank.

    Higher F no. for wider DOF & lower ISO for less grainy image.

    Shooting with remote flashes enable you to get good exposure.
    Aquatic Photography --> Amiidae.com
    Predatory Fish Keeping Forum --> PredatoryFishKeepers.com

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    Thanks all for the help really appreciate it

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    You're most welcome! Post some of your aquarium photos here when you've taken them!
    Sean

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