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Buying New Equipment! Help!

 
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Dec 30, 2013 17:30 |  #16

Some good advice in this thread.

Having $10,000 or even $100,000 worth of equipment won't mean you can take great photos; it takes lots & lots of time, effort and practice to learn to do that consistently. Parts of the journey will be quite frustrating and tedious. I'm nowhere near there yet myself btw, and the more I learn the more I realise how much there is to learn (as with many other things in life).

Best of luck in your endeavours - let us know what you decide and how you go.


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Dec 31, 2013 12:37 |  #17

MissPolly wrote in post #16563484 (external link)
Hello! I'm new ! I have give or take 10,000 to spend on equipment . I currently have a 60d with the "nifty fifty" and a cheaper telephoto lens. Thinking of buying a mark iii matched with a couple of l lenses , but I'm lost . Again I'm new , so excuse me if anything I ask is ignorant ! Should I upgrade my body to the mark? Should I just buy lenses ? Should I buy lights /studio set up for my home ? I know I know ... It all depends on what I want to shoot etc ! Welllllll .... I want to do fashion /portrait photography. Leaning more toward fashion ... So what do i do ?! Also I have a new windows 8 desktop paired with Lightroom 5 and c6 monthly subscribed . I hate my desktop , it's just aggravating !!! should I buy a MAC ? I'm rambling so I guess after you all reply I'll ask more questions and answer anything, I'm just at loss . So my wonderful pro photographer friends , help a baby photographer out ?

Remember this..."bodies come and go but good lenses will last forever"


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Jan 01, 2014 20:20 |  #18

quindecima wrote in post #16566965 (external link)
Remember this..."bodies come and go but good lenses will last forever"

bw!

I have learned this quote first hand. L glass may not be needed in every situation, but investing in it early one given you all the practice you need.
I have bought cheaper alternatives and seen their limitations firsthand hand. A year ago I thought $800 was an insane price for a lens.
Now I look at a $1500 lens as a tool and a very USEFUL investment, a lot safer than the stock market.


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Jan 01, 2014 20:22 |  #19

Interesting, and a bit amusing, people often say "I'm on a budget", but that budget doesn't typically add up to $10,000 USD:)!

Good studio lights, definitely, but then, none of us can address specific gear because it's up to what you want to do! This forum has sections for people photography, for sharing and discussing photos, that's where I'd advise you to go! Otherwise, there are so many suggestions for expensive gear! For example, check out the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 lens if you want to find a very interesting but expensive lens for "creative" portraiture! :)


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Jan 03, 2014 11:12 |  #20

Buy a markii and some glass you don't need the best and newest you need experience you can save money with the markii and still take amazing photos.

Take the remaining and split it up put half away for when you decide you need more stuff and put the other half towards learning/practicing.




  
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Jan 05, 2014 12:20 |  #21

Whoa there horsey! Slow down!

Stick with the 60D for now. Buy one, maybe two lenses, and a couple of studio lights. Then use them for the next year before you drop any more coin. Just because you think you want to do fashion & portraits doesn't mean that's what you're going to want to be done a year from now. The question you need to ask yourself when making a decision on any new piece of gear is "What will this body/lens/light/access​ory let me do that I can't do with what I currently have?" You can't answer that question from the position you're in now and you're setting yourself up for a potentially expensive mistake, IMHO.


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Jan 06, 2014 13:47 |  #22

HuskyKMA wrote in post #16579671 (external link)
Whoa there horsey! Slow down!

Stick with the 60D for now. Buy one, maybe two lenses, and a couple of studio lights. Then use them for the next year before you drop any more coin. Just because you think you want to do fashion & portraits doesn't mean that's what you're going to want to be done a year from now. The question you need to ask yourself when making a decision on any new piece of gear is "What will this body/lens/light/access​ory let me do that I can't do with what I currently have?" You can't answer that question from the position you're in now and you're setting yourself up for a potentially expensive mistake, IMHO.

good point, that home studio portrait business may not completely pan out... skills >>>> money




  
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Jan 06, 2014 17:54 |  #23

MissPolly wrote in post #16563484 (external link)
Hello! I'm new ! I have give or take 10,000 to spend on equipment . I currently have a 60d with the "nifty fifty" and a cheaper telephoto lens. Thinking of buying a mark iii matched with a couple of l lenses , but I'm lost . Again I'm new , so excuse me if anything I ask is ignorant ! Should I upgrade my body to the mark? Should I just buy lenses ? Should I buy lights /studio set up for my home ? I know I know ... It all depends on what I want to shoot etc ! Welllllll .... I want to do fashion /portrait photography. Leaning more toward fashion ... So what do i do ?! Also I have a new windows 8 desktop paired with Lightroom 5 and c6 monthly subscribed . I hate my desktop , it's just aggravating !!! should I buy a MAC ? I'm rambling so I guess after you all reply I'll ask more questions and answer anything, I'm just at loss . So my wonderful pro photographer friends , help a baby photographer out ?

Unless you're already making thousands $$ off your photographic work, do not spend this money. It would be crazy! How often does an average person have a lump sum of $10K? This is one of those opportunities that probably won't come along very many times in a person's life. So, take a breath, and think long term. What's in your best interest long term? What are some realistic goals?

You've already got camera enough stuff to make great fashion photos. Use it! Put this money to work. Fund your IRA for 2013...and 2014 for that matter.




  
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