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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  Quote 
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You Can Call Me Pierre
Posts: 745
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  Quote 
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ELiffmann
Posts: 1,397
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  Quote 
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gery edra
Posts: 222
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  Quote 
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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  Quote 
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Select Models
Posts: 35,696
Upland, 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  Quote 
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Image Works Photography
Posts: 2,890
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  Quote 
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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  Quote 
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David Nelson Photograph
Posts: 348
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 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  Quote 
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MC Photo
Posts: 4,144
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  Quote 
Photographer
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  Quote 
Photographer
ELiffmann
Posts: 1,397
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  Quote 
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