Dental photography in practice part 23
Following on from the last articles, covering choice of camera/lens/flash, I thought it would be worthwhile just giving you a list of options set up wise from cheapest to more expensive options.
With all of my training my main goal is to get as many dental practices, dentists, nurses, hygienists therapist etc taking pictures. Because of the cost implications I realise that not everyone is in the position to spend >£1000 on a set up, and to wait until the funds are available seems to me a shame to be missing capturing images of all your good work.
With that in mind I am going to suggest ways of getting started as cheaply as possible.
So the 3 types of set up I am going to look at are:
- Compact camera (Canon G12) £360
- DSLR camera kit (Canon 600D Kit) £480
- DSLR Dedicated Dental kit >£1270
Best option is the DSLR Dedicated Dental Kit.
The G12 and 600D camera kit will produce similar results in terms of lighting…see examples below.
Typical shots possible on the Canon G12 and a DSLR camera kit using ‘pop-up’ flash and zoom lens ‘with macro’.
Not as quick as a dedicated DSLR with ring flash and macro lens, and this is about the maximum magnification you will get.
There is a particular technique required when using this type of camera to get these results, and remember ideally you would add to this kit sooner rather than later…but it spreads the cost and gets you up and running sooner.
However in terms of quality the 600D is better than the G12. In the past if someone can’t afford a dedicated DSLR then they would be pointed towards the G12 spending >£360, then after a year or two they often decide to ‘upgrade’ to a DSLR dedicated kit spending another £1270 or more, the G12 then often being little used.
I would suggest that a better option, if funds aren’t available for a dedicated clinical camera set up, would be to get say a 600D camera kit, and then when funds are available add a ringflash (£300), and finally a macro lens (£400).
If you wanted a higher end camera then you could go for the Canon 650D or 60D or any of the Nikon range D5100 upwards.
If you want further guidance contact me at email@example.com.
Next month I am hoping to have a Canon 600D camera kit …set up for dental photography, as an option on my website www.dentalphotographyinpractice.com, price will be from about £600. These cameras will be set up to “get the images you want, not what the camera wants to give you”.