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I am in the market for a new camera for Christmas and I need some help. Right now I am considering going with a Nikon Coolpix 5400.

What I need....

1)Great macro ability.
2)Large aperture range.
3)Option of adding an external flash.
4)Option of adding lenses.

I am mostly interested in macro shots but the camera will be used for other things as well. I am looking to take pictures like Ghazanfar and Jay, who are moderators in the forum and IMO produce the most stunning macro shots I've seen around these parts, so hopefully they can chime in on this. I really like the ability of the Nikon to focus down to 1cm, and haven't found any other cameras that can focus so close. Thanks.
 

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Thanks Jay. As you can see, I did my research on the Coolpix 5400 and it fits all my requirements. I was looking around and found it from a reputable online dealer for $399 with a free Epson photo printer. I only hope that someday I can capture quality photos like you have graciously shown us many times.
 

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Hmm... Pricegrabber shows very good reviews of Abes and reseller ratings shows poor ratings. I don't know if I should risk it or keep looking.

Jeff - I like the body style of the Sony but I'm not too crazy about having to buy macro rings right away. The close focusing is one of the things I like most about the Nikon. Also, the proprietory memory and battery irritate me.
 
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