New here, looking for advice

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Zosimas New Member • Posts: 3
New here, looking for advice

Hi, I want to but a budget friendly camera that will be able to sync with my 6th generation iPad. I have gone through some camera review sites, as well as Amazon and Bestbuy. There seem to be so many options, so I am looking to hear from other photographers who use iPad with their camera.

I havnt done much photography for a few years, but i used to be a member on 365project.org. Most of my knowledge comes from the website digitalphotographyschool.com.

My photography goals now are mostly for black & white, and macro (color).

however I also like the effect made when zooming in to a flower from a distance for a “macro” shot.

thank you.

The Lamentable Lens Contributing Member • Posts: 676
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Zosimas wrote:

Hi, I want to but a budget friendly camera that will be able to sync with my 6th generation iPad. I have gone through some camera review sites, as well as Amazon and Bestbuy. There seem to be so many options, so I am looking to hear from other photographers who use iPad with their camera.

I havnt done much photography for a few years, but i used to be a member on 365project.org. Most of my knowledge comes from the website digitalphotographyschool.com.

My photography goals now are mostly for black & white, and macro (color).

however I also like the effect made when zooming in to a flower from a distance for a “macro” shot.

thank you.

Can you clarify what you mean when you say you want it to "sync" with your iPad?  Do you plan to use the manufacturer's app on the iPad to operate the camera remotely, or do you simply mean that you want to use the iPad to edit your photos?  If the latter, are you looking for a way to transfer the photos to your iPad wirelessly, as opposed to using an SD card reader?  Just want to make sure I understand the iPad's role in your question.

In terms of a budget-friendly camera that would be good for macro work, you might consider a micro four thirds camera from Olympus or Panasonic, paired with the Olympus 60mm macro lens.  You can get wonderful macro shots with that setup on a relatively affordable budget, and of course the lens isn't limited to just macro (it doubles as a small, short telephoto prime).  The other option is to go with a non-macro lens and use extension tubes.  I've never used extension tubes, but I know others who have used them successfully, and it makes for a budget-friendly macro option.

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robgendreau Veteran Member • Posts: 8,337
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The Lamentable Lens wrote:

Zosimas wrote:

Hi, I want to but a budget friendly camera that will be able to sync with my 6th generation iPad. I have gone through some camera review sites, as well as Amazon and Bestbuy. There seem to be so many options, so I am looking to hear from other photographers who use iPad with their camera.

I havnt done much photography for a few years, but i used to be a member on 365project.org. Most of my knowledge comes from the website digitalphotographyschool.com.

My photography goals now are mostly for black & white, and macro (color).

however I also like the effect made when zooming in to a flower from a distance for a “macro” shot.

thank you.

Can you clarify what you mean when you say you want it to "sync" with your iPad? Do you plan to use the manufacturer's app on the iPad to operate the camera remotely, or do you simply mean that you want to use the iPad to edit your photos? If the latter, are you looking for a way to transfer the photos to your iPad wirelessly, as opposed to using an SD card reader? Just want to make sure I understand the iPad's role in your question.

In terms of a budget-friendly camera that would be good for macro work, you might consider a micro four thirds camera from Olympus or Panasonic, paired with the Olympus 60mm macro lens. You can get wonderful macro shots with that setup on a relatively affordable budget, and of course the lens isn't limited to just macro (it doubles as a small, short telephoto prime). The other option is to go with a non-macro lens and use extension tubes. I've never used extension tubes, but I know others who have used them successfully, and it makes for a budget-friendly macro option.

I use an Oly with that 60mm lens for macro and it's one of my favorites, even though I've been able to use other M43 and FF cameras. And some of the Olys are great deals now.

The raw files on most Oly cameras can be imported into the iPad and into Photos if you use that; I'd recommend getting the Raw Power app if you go with that. I use Lightroom on the iPad myself. Olympus also has an app to control the camera, and another that can log GPS and then geotag your images. Neither are great.

The Lamentable Lens Contributing Member • Posts: 676
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robgendreau wrote:

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The raw files on most Oly cameras can be imported into the iPad and into Photos if you use that; I'd recommend getting the Raw Power app if you go with that. I use Lightroom on the iPad myself. Olympus also has an app to control the camera, and another that can log GPS and then geotag your images. Neither are great.

Indeed -- I feel like it's quite safe to say "[Manufacturer] has an app to control the camera, but it's not very good."  Insert any manufacturer (aside from camera phones), and you'd be right!

I should have pointed out that I also use the iPad in my editing workflow, but I use a card reader and import directly to Lightroom, so I'm not connecting the iPad to my camera.

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OP Zosimas New Member • Posts: 3
Re: New here, looking for advice

The Lamentable Lens wrote:

Zosimas wrote:

Hi, I want to but a budget friendly camera that will be able to sync with my 6th generation iPad. I have gone through some camera review sites, as well as Amazon and Bestbuy. There seem to be so many options, so I am looking to hear from other photographers who use iPad with their camera.

I havnt done much photography for a few years, but i used to be a member on 365project.org. Most of my knowledge comes from the website digitalphotographyschool.com.

My photography goals now are mostly for black & white, and macro (color).

however I also like the effect made when zooming in to a flower from a distance for a “macro” shot.

thank you.

Can you clarify what you mean when you say you want it to "sync" with your iPad? Do you plan to use the manufacturer's app on the iPad to operate the camera remotely, or do you simply mean that you want to use the iPad to edit your photos? If the latter, are you looking for a way to transfer the photos to your iPad wirelessly, as opposed to using an SD card reader? Just want to make sure I understand the iPad's role in your question.

Primarily editing, I don’t really need remote control.

presently I have an old Lumix DMC-FZ150 with an SD slot. Im order to edit i have to find a computer, plug it in, upload, etc...

If someone knows a way to transfer photos to my ipad without using a computer I’m open to that.

I have been making use of this sites camera finder, very nice features on this site

JustUs7 Senior Member • Posts: 2,137
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Many cameras can wirelessly transfer photos to smart devices. There are also a lot of photo apps for editing photos on smart devices. To my knowledge, pretty much any Canon camera with a Digic 7 or 8 processor or newer can make a wireless transfer.

I believe both Adobe and Affinity Photo have iPad versions for editing. I’m sure that their competition does as well.

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The Lamentable Lens Contributing Member • Posts: 676
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Zosimas wrote:

The Lamentable Lens wrote:

[snip]

Can you clarify what you mean when you say you want it to "sync" with your iPad? Do you plan to use the manufacturer's app on the iPad to operate the camera remotely, or do you simply mean that you want to use the iPad to edit your photos? If the latter, are you looking for a way to transfer the photos to your iPad wirelessly, as opposed to using an SD card reader? Just want to make sure I understand the iPad's role in your question.

Primarily editing, I don’t really need remote control.

presently I have an old Lumix DMC-FZ150 with an SD slot. Im order to edit i have to find a computer, plug it in, upload, etc...

If someone knows a way to transfer photos to my ipad without using a computer I’m open to that.

I have been making use of this sites camera finder, very nice features on this site

OK, got it, thanks. You just need an SD card reader for your iPad. I use a USB-C hub like this with my iPad pro. If you have an iPad with a lightning port, then you're looking for something like this. Then you should be able to move the phots onto your iPad, or directly into your photo editor of choice if it supports doing so.

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techie takes pics Senior Member • Posts: 1,325
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Zosimas wrote:

Primarily editing, I don’t really need remote control.

presently I have an old Lumix DMC-FZ150 with an SD slot. Im order to edit i have to find a computer, plug it in, upload, etc...

If someone knows a way to transfer photos to my ipad without using a computer I’m open to that.

I have been making use of this sites camera finder, very nice features on this site

I know what would make you happy, only it is not low-budget.

Just think that you will enjoy the camera long after the pain of the payment has gone.

An Olympus M5.III or M10.IV is the iPad-friendliest option.
They have a bluetooth connection. Works like this:

You shoot an image, turn the camera off, put it in your bag. 
You take your iPad, start the Olympus app, access your camera (still off, still in your bag) and download the images directly to your iPad. Works very well.

These are also very portable cameras, and they can be improved with different lenses. They have outstanding image stabilization, a lot of lenses available (also second hand) and they are very portable.

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InkedMarie
InkedMarie Senior Member • Posts: 1,430
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techie ta

An Olympus M5.III or M10.IV is the iPad-friendliest option.
They have a bluetooth connection. Works like this:

You shoot an image, turn the camera off, put it in your bag.
You take your iPad, start the Olympus app, access your camera (still off, still in your bag) and download the images directly to your iPad. Works very well.

These are also very portable cameras, and they can be improved with different lenses. They have outstanding image stabilization, a lot of lenses available (also second hand) and they are very portable.

Im not the OP but I had no idea about that! I have the M10ii and this fact alone would make me look at the IV.

Marie

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techie takes pics Senior Member • Posts: 1,325
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InkedMarie wrote:

techie ta

An Olympus M5.III or M10.IV is the iPad-friendliest option.
They have a bluetooth connection. Works like this:

You shoot an image, turn the camera off, put it in your bag.
You take your iPad, start the Olympus app, access your camera (still off, still in your bag) and download the images directly to your iPad. Works very well.

These are also very portable cameras, and they can be improved with different lenses. They have outstanding image stabilization, a lot of lenses available (also second hand) and they are very portable.

Im not the OP but I had no idea about that! I have the M10ii and this fact alone would make me look at the IV.

Marie

Or the M5.III, and add PD-AF, Pro capture, focus stacking and weathersealing.

Yes, the bluetooth really works. Your don't need get your bag, take your camera out, switch it on and activate the wifi - the bluetooth does that for you.  Very convenient.

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robgendreau Veteran Member • Posts: 8,337
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The Lamentable Lens wrote:

Zosimas wrote:

The Lamentable Lens wrote:

[snip]

Can you clarify what you mean when you say you want it to "sync" with your iPad? Do you plan to use the manufacturer's app on the iPad to operate the camera remotely, or do you simply mean that you want to use the iPad to edit your photos? If the latter, are you looking for a way to transfer the photos to your iPad wirelessly, as opposed to using an SD card reader? Just want to make sure I understand the iPad's role in your question.

Primarily editing, I don’t really need remote control.

presently I have an old Lumix DMC-FZ150 with an SD slot. Im order to edit i have to find a computer, plug it in, upload, etc...

If someone knows a way to transfer photos to my ipad without using a computer I’m open to that.

I have been making use of this sites camera finder, very nice features on this site

OK, got it, thanks. You just need an SD card reader for your iPad. I use a USB-C hub like this with my iPad pro. If you have an iPad with a lightning port, then you're looking for something like this. Then you should be able to move the phots onto your iPad, or directly into your photo editor of choice if it supports doing so.

Indeed, no need to buy a new camera (and besides, you'd need such a setup anyway; many wifi cameras transfer too slowly, and/or won't transfer raw).

Apple also supports FZ150 raw files.

So I'd get the adapter (Apple store sells them) and give it a shot before you spend a LOT more money on a camera...and then need to buy the adapter.

OP Zosimas New Member • Posts: 3
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Thank you all for the advice, I ordered a memory card reader to go with the Lumix and iPad for now. I will keep an eye out of deals/sales on a new camera later. I'm not ready to spend much more than $350-$400 right now.

plus I just found this thread...

Opinion: Stop worrying about new cameras and love the one(s) you've got

Published Mar 12, 2020 | Dan Bracaglia

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