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Any professional photographers here?

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With recent graduation and Christmas coming up I was thinking of asking the rents for a for a DSLR.

 

Photography is one of the few things I still enjoy and I'm looking to make a career out of it as opposed to a desk job atm.

 

I feel that coupled with with good work, a nice camera will say "I'm serious" to employers.

 

I've been leaning towards the Nikon D300,

 

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but at over 2000 dollars I thought I'd ask if any of you are in the field or knowledgeable enough to help me with my decision.

 

Do I make the plunge? Or are there equivalent cameras for cheaper?

 

Is the fact that the D300 has been discontinued a sign that I should wait? (The new model does video which I don't care about).

 

Name brands, for better or for worse, are important in the field of photography, so no Sanyo brands please!

 

Thanks in advance.

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I think theres a camera thread in Untitled. Although youll get more traffic in CH0.

 

Yea if I had thought about this earlier I would have done it there but I was looking for advice quicker from the traffic that we receive here.

 

Mods can feel free to move, or close it and I can post it there.

 

Thanks again.

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My friend is all up on this stuff.

She has a DSLR but claims that although it is a great machine, you get most of the desired effect and such from shelling out the cash for good lenses.

 

Depth of field and bokeh type shit.

Maybe you should start out with one of their lower end models until you know for sure you will be doing this stuff long term. You can get some models for under $500. Still DSLR just not super pro models.

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True, I was also looking at the D60 which is around 5-600.

 

But when I was talking to some other people they said instead of settling it was worth it to save up for a couple more months and go with the pro shit.

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I've got a Nikon d90 and it's a pretty good camera. I started out with a d40x a few years ago. Of course the d300 is a great camera but I would start with something a little less and then use the other money on filters, lenses and flash stuff etc. But really, you can't go wrong

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I've got a Nikon d90 and it's a pretty good camera. I started out with a d40x a few years ago. Of course the d300 is a great camera but I would start with something a little less and then use the other money on filters, lenses and flash stuff etc. But really, you can't go wrong

 

I think this is a good idea.

 

Santa might be down with dropping 1k rather than 2 as well.

 

Good looks everyone.

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Go play with some nikons and canons. People are always going to argue that one is better than the other, but at the end of the day, they both make good products and its going to come down to which has an interface and options that you're more comfortable with. Also, if its your first dslr, definitely go with a slightly cheaper body and save some of that loot for some lenses. You can have the best body in the world, but if your lenses are garbage, it doesn't really matter.

 

The D80 is another one to consider. Slightly cheaper than the D90, but you'd have to go comparing stats on your own since its been awhile since i've looked at them both side by side. Those are both kinda in the high end of consumer, not quite into professional level gear in a lot of peoples' opinions, but couple them with a high quality lens or two, and you'll be fine for any sort of job short of top of the line professional shit.

 

Also, when buying bodies and lenses, keep in mind that if you stay with the same brand, your lenses will last forever. Thats the main reason people are going to suggest you get a cheaper body and spend the loot on the lenses. That way when you decide you want to upgrade to a nicer body a few years down the line, you already have all the lenses you need. If you spend that extra loot on the body right off the bat, you may be waiting those couple of years before you actually get the lenses you want, which isn't ideal at all.

 

Most importantly though, go to a camera store and fiddle around. I'm a Nikon user, but you very well could pick up a Canon and like the setup of it a lot more. They each have their pros and cons, but as i said, for most people its really just a matter of preference.

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Chup has got some gold right there! Deff. go check them out and play around. I messed around with the Nikon's and just loved how they felt and all that, so like chup said, all matter of personal opinion!

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Chups is spot on.

My recommendation is a nikon d200, my pops is a professional photographer and he bought one of those a few years ago, I have played with it and it is very nice.

But yeah, save your money and spend it on glass, it is the only thing that matters.

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good enough camera, OUTSTANDING lenses. canon 5d, a bunch of "L" series lenses. couple of 580exII's, some pocketwizards and youre ready to roll

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If I ever own a leica I think it would have to be a film one. buying a hasseblad with a digi back would be one thing, because you could always upgrade it as you needed, but with a leica, you pay so much I would hate to put such a short span on it. with a film leica you're gonna own that bitch till you die. which will be long before the camera gives out.

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