View Full Version : Buying New Equipment - Need Help
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 10:14
So I sold most of my old lenses and xti body and want to buy enough to start myself off with a little studio (for shooting artsy nudes, bodyscapes, rim lighting). So light, a lens, body, backdrop etc
I have about $2000 and can put a bit more into it if needed but thats what I have so far. I dont know much about what specifically to buy when it comes to 'what would be best for bodyscapes, rim lighting'. Thats what I want to focus on. So I was thinking of getting a used 40d body and maybe a softbox? Not sure what lens would be best though.
So my question is (after all that rambling):
What would you buy with roughly that much and where from?
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 21:35
If you go with that camera it is going to be hard to stay within that price range. I have a 20D and it dose wonders. Yes like every one else I would love to get a new and much better camera but I think you should focus on technique rather then equipment. I would pick of a used 20D. The lights are not cheap ether. when I got my light kit I spent over 1k and that gave my 3 remote trigers, 2 lights, 2 stands, 2 soft boxes, 2 reflectors, 2 cheap backdrop stands from ebay with 1 black muslin, and a C-Stand. I also spend about 1k on my main lens that I use. For lights I would recommend getting a kit from alienbee (http://www.alienbees.com). From what I have seen they are a great price and every one on this forum that has them seems to love them. The lens I use is a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L but you could go with a off brand.
I am no expert at this but my setup it seams to work for me to learn. Hope it helps.
14th of October 2008 (Tue), 08:48
Yeahthanks, that did help.
Your right about trying to do all that with a new body. But I might be able to swing some more money my way this christmas and its my birthday coming up too (Mwahaha!)
Anyways, I also think I can skip some of that lighting equipment since I will be doing just bodyscapes and rim lighting. Or do you think I will need more than a single soft box?
14th of October 2008 (Tue), 08:51
are you interested in being portable? because if the answer is yes.. then look at strobes...
14th of October 2008 (Tue), 09:46
Never really thought about that, but I dont think Id need to leave the studio just yet for what I want to achieve.
14th of October 2008 (Tue), 13:34
Go to www.strobist.com and start there, it will be a good work out in taking good images as well as giving you some cost cutting ideas.
14th of October 2008 (Tue), 17:58
Great. Those suggestions helped me a lot thank you.
Now all I need to figure out is the lens.
What do you guys suggest? This is where Id like to put most of my money as I would like nice clear quality shots I could possibly sell in the future.
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