A&P Looking to buy a DSLR

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  1. epiphonist

    epiphonist New Member

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    So I've been looking into some photography technology classes at county college. I really enjoy photography but I only have a Fujifilm digital camera and need help picking out a decent body and 2-3 must-have lenses for starting out. Looking to spend roughly 600-700 on the body and about 300-400 total on lenses, if that's possible. I really don't know much any of this stuff is supposed to cost, so try to keep flaming to a minimum. I have NO problem buying used, assuming the condition is good. From what I've gathered trolling, I'm thinking that I want to go Nikon, but I could be wrong. Halp?

    If it matters, I intend on photographing a lot of landscapes and the occasional local band at shows and maybe a few portraits.
     
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    I'd say 1100 will get you a decent body with some decent glass.

    You'll probably want to look at some mid-range bodies like D90s or maybe a D5000?

    No idea on glass
     
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    imo nikon/canon both make great products...but since i know more about canons i'm going to recommend this:

    canon 40d ($600ish)
    tamron 17-50 f/2.8 ($350?)
    canon 50mm f/1.8 ($80-90)

    and when you want to get some reach i highly recommend a canon 70-200 f/4 L...they're about 4-500 bucks used...i just bought one off an OTer and couldn't be more happy with how amazingly sharp this lens is for the money :bowdown:
     
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    I may be Biased since I shoot a D90, but do NOT get the Canon Rebel TLi.

    Fucking thing sucks, we have one at work :ugh:
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    40D + Tamron 17-50/2.8 FTW
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    T1i

    how much does it suck that the T1i shoots 1080p and the $5200 D3s only does 720? LOL
     
  7. Wobistdu

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    who cares? i never use video on the d90
     
  8. Wobistdu

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    solid suggestions

    just a) try to find the 40d new from somewhere unless you don't care about buying new. i would +1 for the nikon d90. it's a better camera than the 40d... but also a little pricier than your body budget. it's wroth it

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...113154&cm_re=nikon_d90-_-30-113-154-_-Product

    and b) if you get the tamron 17-50... take pics with it and post here. you have a decent chance of buying one that is soft/out of focus. nature of tamrons
     
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    1080i*
     
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    .

    I have a camcorder for video.
     
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    I just got a nearly new Nikon D60, which is easily good enough for your class, with the 18-55mm kit lens and an 8gb card for $375. You don't need to spend as much as you're budgeting on a body. A D40 or D40x would be just as good and you could possibly find it cheaper. I would have gotten one of those but came across this deal on the D60.
     
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    So funny when people say this...
     
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    Don't buy a D60, you'll eventually be disappointed with it's lack of internal focusing motor. The D90 is a lot more camera and it's worth the difference...
     
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    Why? I carry it with me along with the camera...

    By the time it takes me to switch to LV and hit record on the D90, I can have the camcorder out and recording.
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    of course not, the D90's video blows.
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    no.. 1080p20
     
  20. Wobistdu

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    well it's a good thing i bought the camera to take pictures then i guess :hsugh:
     
  21. percent

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    :werd: I just recommended the same kit to my sister-in-law.

    A D90 is $809 right now at B&H and a Tamrom 17-50mm f2.8 is $449. Great starter kit. $1250 is a little more than your upper budget, but I'm sure you can find stuff used if that extra $150 is a big deal.

    Canon would be fine too.
     
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    Because the image quality of new dslrs with video is much better than most consumer camcorders. The ability to use great glass is also a bonus.
     
  23. dmora

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    Buy a used Nikon d100 or D200. Buy a nice piece of glass like a 35mm F/2 or a 50mm f/1.4 (If you want to go canon, do that as well but i dont know whats a good but cheap used "prosumer" level canon"_

    Shoot shoot shoot
    practice practice practice.

    Then when you are getting paid and can cover the cost of new gear, figure out if you NEED new gear. If you can get the shots you want with the gear you have, dont bother spending money.
     

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