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A nice digital camera for Model Kit Builders

If your a model kit builder, you might want to document in pictures your work-in-progress and proudly present and share on the web nice pictures of you beutiful finished models. I’ve seen the question over and over, which would be a good camera to photograph your plastic model kits? Let me tell you in advance, there is no perfect camera or brand for any given application. As a photographer for a living, I get to use more professional camera gear including true to life 1:1 life-size macro lenses. But the ability to keep in focus as much as possible when photographing lets say the cockpit of a 1/72 or 1/48 scale model, comes at a price.

I have to use small apertures to obtain a larger depth-of-field often meaning that I have to set up a cumbersome tripod with my DSLR. On the other hand, because the more compact cameras also have a compact sensor, we can get greater front to background images in focus. That’s why the vast majority of compact cameras, seldom go beyond F/8 whereas a macro lens close down usually at F/32.

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to obtain a review sample from the latest Nikon CoolPix S8100. I brought it to my workbench and gave it a try photographing the cockpit of my WIP Japanese Raiden Interceptor 1/48 from Tamiya. Later on I gave it a try on Tamiya’s 1/48 scale KETTENKRAFTRAD.

Great image quality without the cumbersome tripod. Just increase your ISO (in my case to 400) and shoot away your model kits and WIP without much fuss. Yes I do recommend this camera to those looking for a good camera on your model kits work bench.

Don’t go out shopping for this camera and finish up finding a ”bargain” in those bait and switch on-line stores. The place where I’m referring you to, is a well known and respected on-line vendor and Nikon dealer. But just don’t take my word for it, read the users review while you’re there.

George Collazo
George Collazo

George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.