I am considering a digital point and shoot as an alternative to polaroids. I have read posts on the subject. A second purpose would be to use it on my M2 bencher copy stand. I generally use a 210mm g-claron on a 4 x 5 and I can copy an 11 x 14 print at about 32" print to lens. This leaves me about 5 inches from the highest position with that setup.
To do the same copy with a point and shoot I figure I would need around 65-70mm lens (35mm equivalent).
Whether I can copy with a macro/zoom lens on a point and shoot seems questionable, as I do not think I can know if it will focus unless I actually have it in hand.
Is that correct? I'd appreciate any insight on this. I tried to focus at 32" with a 35mm camera macro zoom lens at 75mm and it will not focus at 32 inches (regular or macro). It looks like the macro lets the lens extend further like a bellows so I guess two macro lenses may perform differently depending on how far the lens can move out from the film plane on that type of camera. If I could focus at a shorter length lens, then I am thinking one would get lens distortion? Once again any insight would be appreciated.
I'd like to be able to copy my 7 x 17s direct to the computer for web display. If I cannot do the copy work I will get a cheaper camera for polaroid substitute. If I can do the copy work I would spend more for more pixels and try to copy 8 x 10 transparencies and negatives, also.