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Feb 07, 2013 15:19 |  #1

Yes, I had another thread, but maybe I wasn't clear in my original post. The conversation got way off-base, which was ok, but I'm still wanting to go back to my original question.

Forget ME, my gear, and my skill level. Here is the question....

With the technical knowledge and skill level YOU have now in portrait photography, and by portrait photography I mean family pictures outdoors, senior pictures outdoors, baby pictures indoor and outdoor, maybe some studio stuff...if you were starting over with only $1500 and no gear, what gear (body, lens(es), lighting, etc.) would you spend that $1500 on so that you could do this type of photography? Why?


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Feb 07, 2013 18:37 |  #2

Never saw the other thread, but:

$1500... In this group... Did you miss a "0" ?

:p


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Feb 07, 2013 18:38 |  #3

BTNorris wrote in post #15584657 (external link)
Never saw the other thread, but:

$1500... In this group... Did you miss a "0" ?

:p

LOL...i know...tough :) Obviously you'd have to buy used gear. Can do a lot with $1500 if buying used and get good deals.


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Feb 07, 2013 18:52 |  #4

85 1.8 - $300
5d2 - $1200

Or do

85 - $300
5dc - $700
Tamron 17-50 nonVC - $350
50 1.8 - $80


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Feb 07, 2013 20:36 |  #5

taylorman00 wrote in post #15584660 (external link)
LOL...i know...tough :) Obviously you'd have to buy used gear. Can do a lot with $1500 if buying used and get good deals.

It's not that tough, but you might have to go all used:

Lenses:
Tamron 17-50 f2.8 for group/indoor $325 used
85mm f1.8 or 100 f2 for outdoor/headshots $325 used
Total: $750

Flash: 2x Canon 420EX $200
Basic Stands/brackets/ convertible umbrellas $100
Total:$300

Camera:
T3i (to use with wireless flash)
$450


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Feb 07, 2013 20:45 |  #6

pdrober2 wrote in post #15584715 (external link)
85 1.8 - $300
5d2 - $1200

Or do

85 - $300
5dc - $700
Tamron 17-50 nonVC - $350

50 1.8 - $80

Don't think those two work together




  
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Feb 07, 2013 21:23 |  #7

Blubayou wrote in post #15585085 (external link)
Don't think those two work together

You are correct sir. I need sleep.


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Feb 07, 2013 22:06 |  #8

Maybe a used 7d and a Sigma 17-70 2.8 OS? I do all sorts of outdoor people stuff with this rig.


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Feb 07, 2013 22:11 |  #9

5Dc $600
35 f/2 + 85 f/1.8 $500
2 x 420 ex ii $200
The rest on softbox/umbrellas and wireless trigger + receiver.
Body,lenses, and flashes, in used condition, hence the prices.




  
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Feb 07, 2013 22:17 |  #10

Not a bad setup, but without a camera with wireless ETTL, the 420EX are a poor choice because they are ETTL only. However, there is a multitude of Yongnuo and similar flash options that would work.

I personally don't think FF is a requirement for portraits, but if you crave super shallow DOF portrait with mega BG blur, then that would do it.


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Feb 08, 2013 01:11 |  #11

kepa wrote in post #15585336 (external link)
5Dc $600
35 f/2 + 85 f/1.8 $500
2 x 420 ex ii $200
The rest on softbox/umbrellas and wireless trigger + receiver.
Body,lenses, and flashes, in used condition, hence the prices.

Exactly what I was going to say... *scratches head* (minus the 420ex)


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Feb 08, 2013 02:37 as a reply to  @ catchquan's post |  #12

Lighting is usually the key factor to portrait photography.

So, I'd begin by building a library of books to help me master that lighting

Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers (external link)

Lighting for Portrait Photography (external link)

50 Lighting Setups For Portrait Photographers (external link)




  
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Feb 08, 2013 03:00 |  #13

Hehe, I know what I would do, but unfair as it's with current available equipment and selliong everything I own now:

Nikon D800
Nikon D700 (as backup)
3 x SB-800, 2 x SB-910 flashes.
Nikon 16-35mm F/4 VR
Sigma 35mm 1.4
Nikon 85mm 1.4
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS macro.

That'd probably be all I need, with one good tripod.

Or maybe the same for Canon:
5DIII
5DII (or my current 5Dc as backup)
2 x 580EX or 600EX-RT, 3 x 430EXII (probably with phottic Odin, as ettl2 is ****ty-ish)
17-40L
35L
85 1.8 (or L, or Sigma 1.4)
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS macro (or a Canon 100L but that's quite close to the 85mm).


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Feb 08, 2013 03:38 |  #14

^^^ That's quite a bargain bit of gear for $1500 ;)

I think I'd be tempted with the 5Dc, a 35, an 85 plus some strobes/stands/etc to keep below that budget....


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Feb 08, 2013 03:54 |  #15

LeeRatters wrote in post #15586120 (external link)
^^^ That's quite a bargain bit of gear for $1500 ;)

I think I'd be tempted with the 5Dc, a 35, an 85 plus some strobes/stands/etc to keep below that budget....

Eh, the Nikon variant of that gear is only around 1500 is I sell everything I have :o

That's a bit of downsizing I'm planning to do anyway.

For 1500 only, I guess a 5Dc + 50 1.8 and 24-105 would suffice.


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