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aaaaaaaaaac

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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

I've shot basically everything I have with a Nikon D60 and the lens that came with it
And you can safely say that's low budget

So now I'm thinking of upgrading to a camera that cost roughly £700-£1000

I'd prefer to move onto canon so can anyone give me any suggestions what a good medium budget camera I could get ( along with a good portraiture lens ) for that amount?

Dec 03 12 12:36 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6729

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

$1600 with canon?

I'd go with a 5DI, 50 f/1.4 and 100 f/2.0 - well within your budget.

Alternately, change out the 5D with a 7D. Or T2i, 17-50 2.8, 50 1.4, and 100 2.0 (T2i has similar IQ as 7D when used in situations common for fashion work)

Dec 03 12 12:45 pm Link

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J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 11301

San Pedro, California, US

This is a peculiar time in the technology curve to switch to Canon.
Before the D800 I was constantly threatening myself with jumping to Canon. But now, not going to happen. But I shoot almost exclusively studio, so that drives a lot of my decision.

Dec 03 12 02:45 pm Link

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Kaouthia

Posts: 3152

Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

C L A V I C wrote:
I'd prefer to move onto canon

Why?  What benefit do you think switching will provide?

This is a serious question.

If you're prepared to go either way, don't look at Brand X vs. Brand Y, look at every single body from both manufacturers in your price bracket to see what they all offer.

£700-1K is still pretty low budgets as setups go, if you want to include a lens with that.

Dec 03 12 02:50 pm Link

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Hugh Alison

Posts: 2123

Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom

5D1 plus 85mm/1.8.

Add the 35mm/2.0 if you could afford it, and you'd have a kit I'd happily take anywhere.

Dec 03 12 04:04 pm Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12117

Tampa, Florida, US

John Allan wrote:
This is a peculiar time in the technology curve to switch to Canon.

And here I am desperately trying to convince myself NOT to switch to Nikon. I'm losing the battle.

Dec 03 12 04:09 pm Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

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Atlanta, Georgia, US

I see all these people commenting on these very fast lens for a post about fashion photography.  Primes are always my preferred but I don't know any designers who would be happy with a shoot at f/1.8 or th like.  It's about the clothes and most is shot at f/11-16 and such, so if money is tight a slower lens that is still sharp is fine IMHO

Dec 03 12 04:10 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6729

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

AJScalzitti wrote:
It's about the clothes and most is shot at f/11-16 and such, so if money is tight a slower lens that is still sharp is fine IMHO

The EF 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM is a fantastic option with that in mind, for $150 or less.

Dec 03 12 05:33 pm Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12916

Atlanta, Georgia, US

-JAY- wrote:
The EF 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM is a fantastic option with that in mind, for $150 or less.

Very true, I used the original 70-200 f/4L for a lot of shots (my avi) but sometimes I just don't feel like reaching for the primes when I am testing; I am lazy that way lol

Dec 03 12 05:40 pm Link

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Photomezzo

Posts: 254

Venice, California, US

If you view fashion as portraiture, you can't go wrong with the Canon 100MM macro f2.8. Its a very crisp and versatile lens. If the models tend to move, the 70-200MM f/4 is a great choice.

Dec 03 12 05:51 pm Link