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FGO FANTASY PHOTO

Posts: 39

Inglewood, California, US

I desperately need to upgrade my camera & lens. Currently I shoot portrait photography mostly indoors with a Nikon D3100 18-55mm. Looking to step my game up with more pro-level shots now that I am more experienced. Budget is $3000

any help is greatly appreciated...


I know the price of the camera doesn't guarantee great photos..just need to upgrade to a pro set up.

Feb 13 13 09:13 pm Link

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You Can Call Me Pierre

Posts: 771

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Try to negotiate a cash transaction for D600 & 70-200 f/4.  The latter had a price drop in December for 1200CAD.

Feb 13 13 09:16 pm Link

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ELiffmann

Posts: 1417

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US

I like d600 70-200 idea.  If you've got to keep it under 3 maybe the d600 the 85mm 1.8 and the 35mm 1.8DX(supposed to work on fx too).

Feb 13 13 09:21 pm Link

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gery edra

Posts: 226

Los Angeles, California, US

Go fullframe.  Since you are on a budget, I suggest the D600. It is selling for $2500 with 24-85mm lens in B&H Photo.

Feb 13 13 10:39 pm Link

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FGO FANTASY PHOTO

Posts: 39

Inglewood, California, US

thank you everyone..I'm leaning towards the 600, 85mm with a AB strobe, ringflash and beauty dish....just gotta stay in my budget

Feb 14 13 09:00 am Link

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Select Models

Posts: 36284

Rancho Cucamonga, California, US

Would also recommend the D600 with battery pack and the 70-300 ED-VR.  Should be under 3 grand with this combo... wink

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130122/11/50fee3d918781.jpg

Shot with the D600 and 70-300 ED-VR at IMATS in Pasadena last month.

Feb 14 13 09:10 am Link

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Image Works Photography

Posts: 2890

Orlando, Florida, US

With your budget I would go D600 and a 85mm 1.8g and 50mm 1.8g or a used 28-70mm 2.8. This considering you shoot indoors mostly.

Feb 14 13 09:11 am Link

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FGO FANTASY PHOTO

Posts: 39

Inglewood, California, US

Select Models wrote:
Would also recommend the D600 with battery pack and the 70-300 ED-VR.  Should be under 3 grand with this combo... wink

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130122/11/50fee3d918781.jpg

Shot with the D600 and 70-300 ED-VR at IMATS in Pasadena last month.

Incredible shot...thanks for the help

Feb 14 13 09:12 am Link

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David Nelson Photograph

Posts: 348

San Antonio, Texas, US

The lens you purchase is far more important than the camera body.  Buy some professional glass and use what's left to upgrade your camera body.  I have a friend who has a Canon XSI (an old Rebel) with two L series lenses and his photos are spectacular.

Buying a great camera and putting a kit or cheap lens on it is like putting passenger all-season radials on your Ferrari and then wondering why it doesn't corner as well as your neighbors Mazda Miata

Feb 14 13 09:15 am Link

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MC Photo

Posts: 4144

New York, New York, US

FGO FANTASY PHOTO wrote:
I desperately need to upgrade my camera & lens. Currently I shoot portrait photography mostly indoors with a Nikon D3100 18-55mm. Looking to step my game up with more pro-level shots now that I am more experienced. Budget is $3000

any help is greatly appreciated...


I know the price of the camera doesn't guarantee great photos..just need to upgrade to a pro set up.

Shop for lenses first. Lenses will last a lifetime, but the bodies are disposable.

With the right lens, a last generation body will not hold you back. A new body with the wrong lens will be limiting.

Feb 14 13 09:19 am Link

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FGO FANTASY PHOTO

Posts: 39

Inglewood, California, US

MC Photo wrote:

Shop for lenses first. Lenses will last a lifetime, but the bodies are disposable.

With the right lens, a last generation body will not hold you back. A new body with the wrong lens will be limiting.

I agree...I just feel my d3100 body is just not good enough to support a quality lens. If I could I would just upgrade to a $3000 lens, my fear is the camera just wont be able to cut it...

Feb 14 13 09:27 am Link

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ELiffmann

Posts: 1417

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US

Check this out.  I'm more inclined to take this guys advice over just about anybody else on the net as he sees thousands/has seen of cameras and lenses.  His estimated costs will probably be of interest to you.  There's all kinds of good info on that blog.  Obviously you might not need everything(super-telephoto).  http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/02 … my-choices

Feb 14 13 12:30 pm Link