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Apr 07, 2010 22:49 |  #1

Ok, so a friend calls me up and says he isn't using his camera anymore and maybe he needed some cash (Laid off) ... anyway, here's what I got ... think I did ok.

Canon 1D Mark II
Canon 100-400 4.5-5.6 with a bracket for tripod mount
Canon 50mm 1.8 lens (Plastic)
Canon L 2X Extender (Not sure if I said that right)
Canon Extender that makes lens really Macro; it's black
Canon L1.4X Extender
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Dual Charger
Manfrotto O55X Pro Tripod
Really Right Stuff BH 55 Head with L Brackets for camera and plates for head
LowPro Backpack ... not sure model it's huge though.
Manfrotto 695 Monopod with a small Gitzo Head

I bought the whole setup for $1500 so I did pretty good.

Situation: Been shooting a few months now and all the sudden approached by several models who live in my building and apparently been watching me shoot puppies and birds a lot. Now, they want me to shoot them which I think would be ok; only scary thing is thinking what if I screw up their pictures?? I am not charging them though; right??

Then is my setup good enough for shooting models??? I've been told I need a 22MP type camera for shooting models??? The 1D Mark II is only 8.5 ... ":/

If I should buy a second lens what would you all recommend that is reasonable in price and would get the job done?? I can budget $1000.00 if it will be usable for other situations. I mostly like shooting wildlife, flowers, and animals.

Thanks for helping ... much appreciated.


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Apr 07, 2010 22:55 |  #2

That body and the 8.5 MP is perfect for shooting models. What would kick butt in your situation would be like a 35L or the 85 1.2 ... Or any good prime.


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Apr 07, 2010 23:05 |  #3

Hey squahed, what do you think about the 70-200 L 2.8 ?? I want to ensure whatever I get can also cross into others areas like shooting pets for calendars.

Would the 35L or 85 1.2 be good all around lens or would they be too specific for shooting models and such??


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Apr 07, 2010 23:07 |  #4

Wow... you got all that for $1500? You practically robbed your friend!


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Apr 07, 2010 23:11 |  #5

The 70-200 f/2.8 is definitely a closer to $1,000 than either of the Ls. You might be able to get the 35 used but I wouldn't think of it primarily as a portrait lens on a 1D.


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Apr 07, 2010 23:15 |  #6

themadman wrote in post #9954313 (external link)
Wow... you got all that for $1500? You practically robbed your friend!

Hey madman, I didn't rob him. The deal is we're friends for close to 8 years now and IF he wanted everything back he'd pay the same amount to get it back. For now, he got a little cash as needed to get by ... so it works out.


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Apr 07, 2010 23:19 |  #7

czeglin wrote in post #9954330 (external link)
The 70-200 f/2.8 is definitely a closer to $1,000 than either of the Ls. You might be able to get the 35 used but I wouldn't think of it primarily as a portrait lens on a 1D.

Hey Czeglin,

I'm not sure what you mean by " I wouldn't think of it primarily as a portrait lens on a '1D'. " ... can you please elaborate; keeping in mind that I'm a newbie and not sure how / what the difference the '1D' makes.

I'm just thinking of versatility in terms of being able to do more with whatever I buy. I don't know this stuff well enough at this point to know if the 'prime' 35L or 85 would be good for other stuff.


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Apr 08, 2010 01:00 |  #8

I feel my XTi would be just as good as my 5D II for studio shots, save for resolution. If conditions are good and you don't lust after very thin DOF then the 1D II will be excellent. My 1D II is a handy medium between 1.6x and full frame, good compression and good DOF.


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Apr 08, 2010 01:03 |  #9

I say get a 24-70L.... its nice a versatile lens and reasonably fast at F2.8. And if you can maybe pick up a Canon 85mm 1.8<<<< its a very good lens for the money and will do you nicely for taking full body and close up portrait shots of models while being able to do nice subject isolation with the F1.8. Just my two cents.


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Apr 08, 2010 01:43 |  #10

a 85/1.8 would be good enough, especially if you ain't getting pay


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Apr 08, 2010 01:47 |  #11
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And with 1K, I would buy this:

lightstand, wireless trigger, swivel adapter, 45" umbrella, Alien Bees B800, Canon 85mm F1.8 and you'd be set! (something like this anyways. But basically, invest the majority in LIGHTING)


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Apr 08, 2010 01:52 |  #12

Deal of the century...

congrats on the gear.

Buy a 24-70 lens...sigma or canon. That will make the kit more versatile.

If you want some primes for portraits, get the 85 as mentioned above.




  
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Apr 08, 2010 01:52 |  #13

JayStar86 wrote in post #9954796 (external link)
I say get a 24-70L.... its nice a versatile lens and reasonably fast at F2.8. And if you can maybe pick up a Canon 85mm 1.8<<<< its a very good lens for the money and will do you nicely for taking full body and close up portrait shots of models while being able to do nice subject isolation with the F1.8. Just my two cents.

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Apr 08, 2010 01:59 |  #14

you will want a bit lighting if you plan to shoot some models. A 35l on a 1dII I think would be too wide in general for shooting models and you would be right up in their face for most standard shots. I would want a lens with lower than 2.8 for the models to have the option to blur the background out really nicely and give more room to hopefully get away from shooting wide open if CA or sharpness became a problem. I feel that a 50 or 85mm would give you a better perspective. SInce you have the 50 1.8 maybe you could get an 85 1.8. Keep in mind if you end up liking either the 50 or 85 length for shooting the models that is something you will probably want to upgrade to the 50 1.4 or 50 1.2 and 85 1.2 version later on down the road.

Then pick up some lighting equipment with the rest of the money as others have stated.




  
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Apr 08, 2010 02:08 |  #15

i know of a penthouse photographer who shoots his models with a disposable camera




  
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