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Digital single-lens reflex cameras are the best choice for macro photography for a number of reasons. Their biggest advantages over compact cameras are the interchangeable lenses and the optical viewfinder. The exact camera body you chose is not of great importance, because you’ll only use its basic functions. First of all, you have to chose whether you prefer to use a full-frame camera body or one with a reduced sensor size (crop). On the one hand, the smaller sensor size is a benefit while shooting macro, because at the same magnification of the optical system, a smaller object will fill the entire frame. On the other hand, if you shoot the same frame, so that it looks identical (that means shooting at different magnifications with each system), with the cropped camera you will have to stand further away from your model, leading to additional depth of field. Besides, many macro photographers still prefer full-frame cameras.

Regarding the camera’s construction – the more expensive cameras have a clear advantage in their magnesium bodies, especially if you intend to use extension tubes, teleconverter and other accessories, which remove your lens further away from the camera and weigh on the camera’s lens mount. These models, however, have a bigger size and weight, which should be kept in mind. After all, the camera should also be comfortable from an ergonomic point of view.

The maximum resolution is not of particular importance, but, naturally, the more the better. This way you’ll have more options for cropping while processing and you’ll also be able to print in bigger sizes.

The “live view” mode may be useful, especially if the camera has a multi-angle LCD screen, but that depends mainly on your way of work. For many, a camera’s bigger and lighter viewfinder, when compared to others, would be a greater advantage.

If you intend to use an external flash unit, triggered via the PC Sync port, the camera body should have one. The alternative solution would be a TTL cable, which is more expensive, but would also transmit the TTL communication between body and flash unit if the flash is in automatic mode when shooting.

The autofocusing system doesn’t matter, because you would not rely on automatic focusing when shooting macro. The burst mode speed is also irrelevant.

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