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  1. #21
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    Re: Need a camera and fully confused

    Thanks biker that would be really helpful. My brother does photography professionally, so he should be able to help me quite a bit. Only problem that book doesn't ship to U.K., I'll try and find something similar here. I'd like to learn for myself and not keep asking him everything.


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  2. #22
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    D750 is decided. Found one for 1100 and another for around 1400. In gonna go and see them in the flesh to decide which one to get. Probably better to buy new. Anyway for lens I'm thinking of getting the 105mm Nikon micro lens. Is there much difference between different brands? When I had a telescope I always bought branded lenses because they weren't a lot more than unbranded but these slr lenses are expensive! Will there be A lot of difference between a300 and 1000 lens? I'm guessing there must be some difference in the quality of the optics but enough to merit the extra expense?


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  3. #23
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    Re: Need a camera and fully confused

    Just to throw a late entry into the mix, if the D810 was desired but too expensive a second hand D800 can be picked up for well under 1000. Nearly as good as the D810
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  4. #24
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    Wow a quick read on Ken rockwells site suggests it's a really good piece of kit.


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  5. #25
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    Re: Need a camera and fully confused

    Quote Originally Posted by sampochin View Post
    Wow a quick read on Ken rockwells site suggests it's a really good piece of kit.


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    Just a word of advice about KR's website, look elsewhere for true impartial assessments. It is a great camera though
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  6. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by jay_dean View Post
    Just a word of advice about KR's website, look elsewhere for true impartial assessments. It is a great camera though
    Yes off course, I'd rather listen to someone who uses it for the same thing I'm intending to use it for. If I can't then get as many impartial opinions as possible.


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  7. #27
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    Re: Need a camera and fully confused

    Stop! Don't buy anything until you figure out your studio and lighting. Cameras will not differ enough to compensate of less than optimum lighting. Seriously, cameras just hold a sensor and record light data, any camera will be good enough but your lighting and skill using it, posing and composition determine whether the images is good enough for the catalog. For your $2000, spend most of it on 3 strobes, stands, backdrops, modifiers(stripboxes, softbox, gobos, snoots, grids and guess what, you used up the $2000 but you get far more bang for your dollar with that lighting set up than spending it on a camera. Then borrow any modern DSLR and you are ready to start learning how to do it and how to pose.
    You are running off in the wrong direction and even a D810 without good lighting will be no better than your cell phone. If you are going to shoot them yourself, attend workshops, volunteer to assist in a working fashion studio, or pay them to allow you to hang out.
    Posing/professional skilled models, lighting, photographer skill, post processing and very last is the camera and lens in order of priority. There is no arguing with this, ask any successful clothing line how they present their products. A camera will not even be mentioned.
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  8. #28
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    I agree with you, I'm just excited about getting the camera because I always loved taking photos! Because I'm new to doing it myself I thought it best to ask people that know. I have started next to learn a little about lens to narrow it down and then order. Next I will go onto lighting.
    But really it sounds like a need to buy you a bottle of single malt and get a list of what I need. A list that stays within a reasonable budget!


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  9. #29
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    Re: Need a camera and fully confused

    Lenses are important of course but with lighting and a backdrop, fashion is not quite like portraiture where fast lenses wide open are used to blur the background to isolate the subject. In fashion you want everything in perfect focus which means stopped down. Almost any lens, at f/8 is pretty darn sharp. You want the whole person in focus so many lenses,including low cost kit lenses with good light will do a great job but would not have done as well on portraits. Study the general topic of light and photography and watch lots of Youtube instructional videos on posing and studio lighting.
    You are going to need enough space to shoot from a little distance in the room but not so much distance to overshoot your backdrop. For catalog work, detail and lack of detail robbing shadows are desired but enough shadows to show texture and contours. A $300 used D7000 with a 50mm lens would be fine for anything less than glossy fashion magazines. How much space how high the ceiling? Spend the weekend watching fashion photo shoots on YouTube then come back with your questions for specific answers.

  10. #30
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    Re: Need a camera and fully confused

    Quote Originally Posted by sampochin View Post
    ... I'm just excited about getting the camera ...
    That is the trap we all fall into.
    I did once post about this: https://petapixel.com/2016/08/24/new...nses-compared/

    However I have not been cured myself, some people stated I should not save as much money as I do, so I did spent a lot on photography the last months.

    To answer some questions:
    Not yet able to say how much a D800 would help compared to D750. I have not worked with them.
    These are both still top performers. The advantage of D800 is to use some details of your shots as final result, faster way to work then the D750, but probably not that much either.

    105 Micro is a good lens, other brand Macro lenses (Tokina, Sigma, Tamron, Zeiss) are excellent as well.
    Nikon lenses will be more compatible for the future, have better Auto Focus, ... however they might not be the best choice for you.

    I do believe you need a wider lens as well, with a 105 you will need a lot of distance between you and your subject. So if you shoot in a hanger, OK. In a room, probably not.

    a 300 vs 1000 EUR lens
    => honestly I find this very difficult to grasp and see very little good information.
    1) quality is relative, technical testing has its limits, ledgends persist, ...
    2) I tend to use myself:
    - DXO mark lens tests: effective megapixels with that lens on the D800E
    - Lenscore: I mainly look at the resolving power
    - Photozone.de reviews

    All this misses in general what people call 3D effect, contrast, colour character, etc... which I fear only your own experience will teach.

    Conclusion:
    - most of us are as confused as you, there is nothing wrong with that, it is part of the photography experience.
    - most of us also put too much attention to camera and lenses and not enough on the way you get effects with light and set up
    - some of us are very clear on what is needed, and completely wrong in their beliefs

    P.S.: there is so much on the market since it is all useful
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