OK with all these great shots you guys and gals are posting you have made me wonder what kind of cameras and lenses everyone is using. This will also help me determine which camera I should get. Thanks in advance,
Next tax return I plan on upgrading to a 5D Mark II A buddy of mine had one and i got to snap a few shots with it. I was throughly pleased when i realized the eyepiece actually reflects how the picture will look. No more jumping back and forth to the display, making adjustments ect.
Honestly if I were you I'd just look for a high end point and shoot with a good macro capability. There's no reason to spend thousands of dollars on DSLR + equipment if you aren't planning on pursuing photography as a passion, and there's no reason to invest in a DSLR body unless you're planning on spending money on good glass.
I'd look at the Canon G series cameras. They produce spectacular images, go pretty wide and pretty far and can take wonderful macro pictures.
Instead of buying a point and shoot, why not find a used entry level dslr? If you are willing to do a little reading to figure out the added features they have to offer, its definitely worth it imo. I picked mine up a over year ago for 300$, and today you could probably find something similar for close to 200$. Here is my best shot using my very entry level canon xti, with the stock lens, with a little lightroom post processing for good measure.
I would also recommend an entry level DSLR. You can usually pick them up in the 200 to 400 dollar range. There are always some on ebay but I prefer a local source so you can see what you actually getting. I favor Canon because i love their 100 mm macro lenses. But all of the majors build great entry level cameras.
I still say you'll get far better results out of a high end point and shoot than out of a DSLR with the kit lens. You can still fit a point and shoot easily in your pocket/purse. You won't have to worry about carrying multiple lenses around (which are a pain to switch on the go).
If you're interested in taking photography on as a new hobby, then go with the DSLR. Just know that it's very expensive. Almost every lens you'll want to purchase will be at least as expensive as the body you buy will be, most will be at least twice as much. If your plan is to only use the kit lens, then don't bother. The point and shoot will go wider and have better reach and still take just as good of pictures.
Thanks for the replies. I have an old canon rebel eos 35mm but for some reason it eats the battery quick so I dont use it much anymore. Had a point and shoot but you seem to get a little careless with them when you can just put it in your pocket. I am looking for an entry level because I dont take a whole lot of pictures but when I do I would like them to look like the one you guys have posted.
Canon 50D / 100mm 2.8 Macro / 430EX flash. Took this through glass, unfortunately, so it isn't as sharp as it could have been. By the way, there is 0% cropping on this shot. Check out the little "nodules" just to the inside of each of each nostril...what's the deal? Anyone know?
Buy as cheap a digital SLR as you can...spend your money on lenses. Your rig is only as good as your glass.