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    Default What Camera Do You Use?

    I see some really great pictures of a lot the layouts here and got to wondering.

    What do most of you use to take the those pictures and videos, your phones or a camera?

    I have my IPad, IPhone and a Panasonic bridge camera. I find it easier to just use my phone or Ipad but I know the bridge camera takes better pictures especially in regards to depth of field.

    So don't be bashful give us your input.

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    I usually shoot my train photos with a full-frame Nikon body. I have several:

    • Nikon D3s x2
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon Df

    I bounce between the Nikon Df and the D800E, often shooting with the AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm macro. The D3s bodies have lower pixel-counts, and are reserved more for high-FPS, fast-paced event photography and low-light photography.

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    I've got a 10 year old Fuji S1500, it's ok but features and function borders on obsolete. Anymore most of my photos come from my cell phone. It's not the greatest camera ever, but the simplicity of point, shoot, share is a huge plus.

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    I have and use the following:


    • Canon EOS 5D Mk2
    • Canon EOS 50D


    However, for sheer simplicity and ease of use (read LAZY)... I take most of my RR layout photos with my iPad. For the most part (for me anyway) its just simply a fool-proof, quick way to get off a shot that's almost always in focus with a pretty decent depth of field. I just make sure that I have pretty decent ambient lighting before shooting. Then its super simple to use DropBox to quickly transfer the images from the iPad to my PC.

    Of course if I want the best quality images... then the DSLR is the way to go. YMMV! :-)

    AND... just for @Chicago Rail :-) These were all taken with my iPad3...










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    I use a Canon Powershot SX720HS for my model photos and video at the moment, it has very good macro capability.

    I got it last year after lugging my Nikon SLR around Japan for a couple of weeks and realising that my friend was getting just as good shots by whipping his Powershot out of his pocket and taking the photo while I was still thinking about it.

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    I use a Fuji Finepix S2980 , it has Macro and Super Macro settings , yes I would like an SLR with a few lenses but I'd rather spend the 1000 - 1500 euro's on my trains . I also think lighting is more important then the camera you use.
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    Canon EOS 60D https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/p...s/dslr/eos-60d

    But I still stink at taking pictures
    "It's not whats best......It's whats best for you"

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    Canon 20D
    Lumix z150 (been using this one lately)
    iPad 3

    Been using the Lumix because it's small, light weight, and pretty much point and shoot. It allows me just enough control to get a good DOF when used on a tripod.

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    I use a Canon T1i, a Fuji WPz and more and more my phone. The older I get the more I like simplicity... I have my phone with me about 98% of the time, the other 2 cameras, not so much.
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    I tend to use a Canon 1D or 6D, but at the end of the day most modern cell phones take great photos as well.
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    Nikon D500. Due to the insane high ISO/low noise capabilities of the D500, now I shoot with no flash so no shadows. I use a variety of lenses and often set my ISO to 4000-6400.

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    I use my iPhone for quick "progress pics" (of which there have been none in over a year)

    I use my Nikon D7000 DSLR for quality stuff. I enjoy putting it on the tripod and fooling with shutter speed, lighting, depth of field, etc for both detailed photos and various creative(?) effects.



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    I use a Sony A100 DSLR

    Some examples of my photography: (Still learning)




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    You guys come up with some real funny comments.

    You know of course that comments without pictures like what Paul did (thanks Paul) of the results is just all talk.

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    I use a point and shoot Sony I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicago Rail View Post
    You guys come up with some real funny comments.

    You know of course that comments without pictures like what Paul did (thanks Paul) of the results is just all talk.
    I'm work work so..... um... .... look at me thread for pics


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    I use the iPhone 6 for in-progress shots and tight shots in the middle of the layout. But the Canon T1i with a tripod for better quality pics, anything that needs a close-up, and for better control of the focus and depth of field.

    An example showing the difference:


    In-progress - iPhone 6 (f/2.2)


    Completed scene - DSLR (100mm Macro @ f/22)


    Also, night shots work much better with the DSL on a tripod. There's no noise, if you keep the ISO down. But the tripod is necessary as you sometimes have exposures of 10-20 seconds.


    Completed Mine - DSLR (31mm @ f/29)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    I use the iPhone 6 for in-progress shots and tight shots in the middle of the layout. But the Canon T1i with a tripod for better quality pics, anything that needs a close-up, and for better control of the focus and depth of field.

    An example showing the difference:

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/475/32...063c1416_c.jpg
    In-progress - iPhone 6 (f/2.2)

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/255/31...5da2db74_c.jpg
    Completed scene - DSLR (100mm Macro @ f/22)


    Also, night shots work much better with the DSL on a tripod. There's no noise, if you keep the ISO down. But the tripod is necessary as you sometimes have exposures of 10-20 seconds.

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7555/1...82f06f39_c.jpg
    Completed Mine - DSLR (31mm @ f/29)
    I dunno, but that iphone pic looks better than the DSLR pic! Although it could because of the glow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    But the tripod is necessary as you sometimes have exposures of 10-20 seconds.
    Yep, and I use a little wireless remote to activate the shutter. Though, I haven't taken any pictures of trains OR the layout as it's a work in progress...
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