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Lens and Camera for Model Photography

Navin Sher , May 25, 2009; 04:30 p.m.

Hi,
I am student and stepping into Model photography. Need to buy camera and lens under $700. I know it is very less amount to buy a DSLR camera and lens.
Could you please suggest me what lens I should buy and camera.
Here are some of cameras and lens I have looked into. Please Guide me
1. Nikon D60 Digital SLR Camera + 18-105mm AF-S DX VR Nikkor Lens
2. Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Digital SLR Camera + Sony 18-70mm Zoom Lens
3. Olympus Evolt E-520 Digital SLR Camera Body + Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Digital Zoom Lens + Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Digital Zoom Lens

Thanks

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Stephen Lewis , May 25, 2009; 05:34 p.m.

By models do you mean architectural models, human models, toys -such as trains, planes, ships, cars? Your answer can help us guide you in your choice of equipment. Understand in almost any case you will need to consider a tripod and lighting equipment, which doesn't appear in your budget.

Jeff Spirer , May 25, 2009; 05:46 p.m.

It's posted in the Portraits and Fashion Forum, so it's safe to assume he means people models. Lighting equipment depends on what and how one shoots.

It still needs to be clarified in terms of what type of shooting you really want to do. Models can be shot in many different ways.

Paul Aylett , May 25, 2009; 06:02 p.m.

Navin, I wish I could offer a camera / lens solution that would make you a great photographer but it doesn't work like that. I'm sure all of the above options will take a great portrait if you know what you are doing.

I would suggest finding a store and actually spend a bit of time with them. Hold them, fire off a few test shots. Often, things like size of viewfinder or LCD screen or weight of camera can be the difference between what is right and wrong for you.

Patrick Lavoie , May 25, 2009; 06:45 p.m.

canon rebel with the supply lens.

Sergio Agramonte , May 26, 2009; 12:39 a.m.

1D 4.15 M/P WITH BATTERY & CHARGER (CF CARD ) DIGITAL SLR INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA $500
Canon 50mm 1.8 $177
New Canon 85 mm f/1.8 USM EF Lens $379
I would try to find an used 85mm for less money.
Can't go wrong with this set up or get used 20D and 50 mm.

Mark Anthony Kathurima , May 26, 2009; 03:05 a.m.

How about the Canon Rebel XSi with 18-55 IS kit lens? It's just around that much, brand new at Adorama (assuming you are in the US). Or consider getting a used XTi with the 18-55 IS kit lens and with the savings, add a Canon EF 50 f/1.8 for around 90USD new. This lens is superb value for money. I shoot just about all my portraits with it and it sees plenty of action during my model shoots too.

Paul Aylett , May 26, 2009; 07:18 a.m.

I took this picture with an Olympus E10. It has a 4MP sensor, 1 focus point. It was was launched in 2000 or 2001. You could probably pick one up for $50 at a yard sale now. All three cameras you listed are light years ahead of the E10. Still, it's not bad portrait right?

Navin Sher , May 26, 2009; 11:50 a.m.

Thanks a lot to all of you...for Quick reply...
I am in WA (Seattle). I will be back to India in mid june so trying my best to grap DSLR.
And planning to buy this week end. So any other suggestion.

Navin Sher , May 26, 2009; 12:40 p.m.

I was looking these cameras and lens....Please suggest..Is this is the right choice or something else need to add. And I am fine with used one. (As I know my budget is not good :(
These below are used one cameras and Lens on amazon.
1. Olympus Evolt E510 10MP Digital SLR Camera with CCD Shift Image Stabilization and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko Lenses (Price $ 500)
2. Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Price $ 587)


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