When it comes to buying all the items you need to go along with your camera, if you know little-to-nothing about digital photography, it is highly recommended to choose a company such as Photomed or Norman Camera for purchasing what you need, because they offer Dental Camera Packages that include EVERYTHING you will need. Usually not counting the printer, but they will certainly help you with that, too. If you know your way around a DSLR, feel free to shop around to find the best prices. With the recommendations below, please bear in mind there are a large number of variations given the number of players in the market today; this list is short and sweet, based on the most common combinations to keep it simple.
- Canon 100mm f/2.8
- Canon 60mm f/2.8
- Sigma (for Canon) 105mm f/2.8
- Nikon 105mm
- Sigma (for Nikon) 105mm f/2.8
There are so many brands available, and the large majority of them will work just fine. Nor does it matter if you use Compact Flash (CF), SDHC, Micro SD, SmartMedia (SM), or any of the others. They are all fine. A few examples of the most common ones:
An important point regarding memory cards: make sure you format them regularly (once a month is probably fine). It minimizes the risk of any problems building up on the cards. Also make sure you download the photos regularly – having a card go bad with a ton of important pictures on it REALLY sucks. I’ve never been that unfortunate (knock-on-wood), but have known people to whom it has happened, including a wedding photographer. Yikes!