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Jan 01, 2008 20:13 |  #1

I want to buy a camera and lens setup to expand on my business. We will be doing strictly nude/glamour type work, so most of the shoots will be indoors, studio stuff. I'm looking for advice as to what would be a good camera and lens setup for me to start out with.

My budget is really tight, so I’m trying to do this for as cheaply as possible. I really just want a camera that will get the job done. I was looking at the 40D, but if I can get by with a less expensive camera then that’s what I want. Right now I only have one of those tiny powershot cameras, and believe me I'd be using that if I could get by with it... but that thing just won’t cut it. So, any advice… suggestions??




  
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Jan 01, 2008 20:20 |  #2

used 30d or 20d and kit lens will get you started.


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Jan 01, 2008 20:23 |  #3

I know you said as cheaply as possible, but a estimated budget would be a big help. Also, do you already have lighting (hot lights, modifiers, etc.?)


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Jan 01, 2008 21:12 |  #4

Mark_Cohran wrote in post #4611266 (external link)
I know you said as cheaply as possible, but a estimated budget would be a big help. Also, do you already have lighting (hot lights, modifiers, etc.?)

Well, I really want to try and get set up for under $1000 if possible. I do have a little bit of lighting. Right now I have 2 tota lights with umbrellas and a small pro light.




  
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Jan 01, 2008 21:41 |  #5

A used 20D can be had for around $500 (more or less), and 30D's are listed in the Marketplace forum right now for about $725 - I'd spend less on the body and more on the glass if I were you. The right choice for your lenses depends on the room you'll have in your studio. But, you're going to need something in the 24-100ish range. I used both the Canon 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 ($229 from B&H) and the Canon 24-85 f/3.5-f/2.5-4.5 ($309 from B&H) for indoor and outdoor glamour and they would be reasonably priced, good quality lenses for your application. I'm sure others here will have some other suggestions.


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Jan 01, 2008 21:59 as a reply to  @ Mark_Cohran's post |  #6

30d +50mm prime (1.4 or 1.8)
if you have a space to work with prime.
would be my choice .



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Jan 01, 2008 22:42 as a reply to  @ RX350's post |  #7

So you think 50mm prime lens is all I need to get the job done? Now I'm confused... one says 24-100ish, and now 50mm prime is thrown out there. Which direction should I be going?




  
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Jan 01, 2008 22:56 as a reply to  @ Ledrak's post |  #8

That is a meager budget to start a business, but it is what you have to work with.

I would go with one of the aforementioned bodies. I would choose either the 50 or 85mm primes. On a pinch I would go with the 50mm f1.8 it is cheap about 75 bucks and offers great quality.




  
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Jan 02, 2008 00:02 |  #9

Ledrak wrote in post #4612105 (external link)
So you think 50mm prime lens is all I need to get the job done? Now I'm confused... one says 24-100ish, and now 50mm prime is thrown out there. Which direction should I be going?

Did you read his caveat (if you have space to work with a prime)?You can do the job with a zoom or with a prime. It depends on your shooting style. With a prime you're limited to one focal length, but the lens is faster (has a larger max aperture and therefore can let in more light) and lighter. With a zoom, you have the ability to use several focal lengths in the range of the zoom, but you pay for it with smaller maximum aperture, and some loss of image quality.

The 50 f/1.8 is cheap, light and fast, the 50 f/1.4 is more solidly built and faster yet, but more expensive. The 85 f/1.8 is fast, has excellent image quality, and is moderately expensive, but may be too long if your don't have a sizable studio.


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Jan 02, 2008 00:31 |  #10

You may also want to look at a used XTi and put the left over funds into glass.


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Jan 02, 2008 00:58 |  #11

:pwhatever you decide, make sure you post some pics:p


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Apr 02, 2008 21:45 as a reply to  @ thatkatmat's post |  #12

Well... 3 months later and I'm still shopping for my camera. Got some more money to budget now though, so for sure I'm looking at the 40d. However, I still can't pull the trigger yet. I was playing with the d300 and the k20d from pentax... those guys are making it tough for me to decide.




  
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Apr 02, 2008 21:50 |  #13

Make sure you look closely at the lens lineup and cost....


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Apr 02, 2008 21:53 |  #14

The Canon lens line-up is reason alone to go with a Canon body!!;)


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Apr 02, 2008 21:58 |  #15

1k for body, lens, and lighting? That's a tad unrealistic, especially with how much equipment costs nowadays. I'd go for maybe a used 20D, try for a Sigma 24-70 2.8 (or Tamron), and look for lights on ebay, if that's an option.

If you're going to go into business, I'd strongly suggest researching your lighting equipment further, and purchasing the right lights for your room size. If you have too much power for your room, it is going to create equally as many problems as having too little power.

Whatever you do, don't skimp on the glass. These things should be considered an investment, and they'll pay for themselves over time. If you can, try renting them beforehand.


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