From: Alex B., on
runcyclexcski(a)yahoo.com wrote:
> I did some research based on what you said, and, indeed, I can not do
> it with an SLR, unless I am ready spend multiple $Ks. The Sigview is
> interesting, but that device is ~$500 by itself. I would like to stay
> within 1K for the whole setup.
>
> I guess a DSLR is not necessary, point and shoot will do. But this
> point-and-shoot should be capable of taking close up shots - say, to
> focus at ~1-2 feet. Is there a P & S that can do macro shots and can
> be remotely controlled through a PC and provide "live preview" through
> a PC?

Most Olympus and Cannon P&S cameras will do what you want.
Take a look at:

Pine Tree Computing - Camera Controller
http://www.pinetreecomputing.com/camctl.asp

Cam2Com
http://www.sabsik.com/


Alex,

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From: Roger N. Clark (change username to rnclark) on
runcyclexcski(a)yahoo.com wrote:
> I did some research based on what you said, and, indeed, I can not do
> it with an SLR, unless I am ready spend multiple $Ks. The Sigview is
> interesting, but that device is ~$500 by itself. I would like to stay
> within 1K for the whole setup.
>
> I guess a DSLR is not necessary, point and shoot will do. But this
> point-and-shoot should be capable of taking close up shots - say, to
> focus at ~1-2 feet. Is there a P & S that can do macro shots and can
> be remotely controlled through a PC and provide "live preview" through
> a PC?
>
>
The software that should do what you want is in ImagesPLus.
See mlunsold.com. It allows computer control of a number of
DSLRs and "fast" output for focusing on a laptop screen.
You would need a laptop (or other computer).
In manual focus mode, it is a small portion of the scene, magnified.

Roger
From: ray on
On Thu, 19 Jul 2007 11:28:34 -0700, runcyclexcski wrote:

> I did some research based on what you said, and, indeed, I can not do
> it with an SLR, unless I am ready spend multiple $Ks. The Sigview is
> interesting, but that device is ~$500 by itself. I would like to stay
> within 1K for the whole setup.
>
> I guess a DSLR is not necessary, point and shoot will do. But this
> point-and-shoot should be capable of taking close up shots - say, to
> focus at ~1-2 feet. Is there a P & S that can do macro shots and can
> be remotely controlled through a PC and provide "live preview" through
> a PC?

You should be aware that without a dedicated solution, your 'preview' will
be sub-optimal. I would assume you're going to be connecting to a USB
port, so a lot of data will be transferred over a relatively slow link.
Data updates will not be very rapid.

From: SMS on
ray wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Jul 2007 11:28:34 -0700, runcyclexcski wrote:
>
>> I did some research based on what you said, and, indeed, I can not do
>> it with an SLR, unless I am ready spend multiple $Ks. The Sigview is
>> interesting, but that device is ~$500 by itself. I would like to stay
>> within 1K for the whole setup.
>>
>> I guess a DSLR is not necessary, point and shoot will do. But this
>> point-and-shoot should be capable of taking close up shots - say, to
>> focus at ~1-2 feet. Is there a P & S that can do macro shots and can
>> be remotely controlled through a PC and provide "live preview" through
>> a PC?
>
> You should be aware that without a dedicated solution, your 'preview' will
> be sub-optimal. I would assume you're going to be connecting to a USB
> port, so a lot of data will be transferred over a relatively slow link.
> Data updates will not be very rapid.

Previewing via the A/V port of the camera into a video-input might be
better. A CardBus or PCI card with composite video-in is pretty cheap.

It's not clear if programs like PSRemote can choose between viewfinder
data from USB or A/V out. The documentation is really poor.

From: ulbrichphotos on
You know what would be the easiest and cheapest solution - get a right
angle viewfinder.

This attaches to the viewfinder and works like a periscope almost so
that you can see it without jumping on ladders and leaning over all
the expensive equipment. Then you can just use a USB cable to
automatically shoot to the computer using something like Canon's EOS
capture utility, but you don't need the computer to be a real-time
display...

Caroline
www.canvaspress.com