Hi Val and all,
I finally decided on a camera, after doing a good bit of research. The Ricoh GX100 received nothing but praise (compared to the Nikon P100) and, even though there is a newer model out, none of the reviewers saw a reason to upgrade. It seems to be capable of everything I need it for (model photos, photos of drunk friends for blackmail purposes), but I'm sure I'm not getting the most out of it yet.
For those interested, here is an overview with reviewshttp://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare ... sidebyside
I've uploaded some sample photos, using my old, over-weathered DML Hetzer as bait.
My set-up leaves a bit to be desired: a fluorescent light overhead, 2 regular bulbs right and left center, white posterboard backdrop. The camera has quite a bit of manual control, which, along with the macro feature, is why I chose it.
The camera is set to macro, manual white balance and on a tripod, with the ISO set to 80; photos were made using the delay feature.
The first photo was made at f9.1 with a shutter speed of 1/13, taken from a distance and cropped. For all of these samples I used Photoshop's auto level feature (for simplicity and consistency).
The second photo was made at f14.3 with a shutter speed of 1/5.
The third was made at f12.4 with a shutter speed of 1/6.
I can adjust the f-stop, but the camera determines the shutter speed once the f-stop has been set. There may be a way to adjust both, but I haven't found it yet.
The photos, especially when viewed at the original size, still seem grainy; I'd love some feedback, critiques, tips, et all.