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Old Oct 9, 2011, 9:16 PM   #1
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Hi i want to study photography and I don't know what camera should I buy

With this camera I want to start practicing/working free-lance right now and start making money, creating my portafolio and getting experience

modeling: make books for my friends and being recommended then charging money

events: make photos for discos wich will be publicated in their websites/facebook

weddings: make photos that look profesional and charge money

I like Canon and Nikon cameras

My budget is 600$ as maximum but if there is an awesome and worthwhile camera but more expensive I can make and effort.

you know the cheaper the better

Thanks!

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Old Oct 10, 2011, 3:42 AM   #2
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If you like Canon and Nikon then I guess you'd start looking at the 1100D from Canon and the user friendly(on screen help modes..) Nikon D3100.
Sony's SLT-A35 might be worth a look,as would Pentax's K-r.
The first two,and probably the Canon however,would be my choice for a newbie into the SLR world....
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 4:13 AM   #3
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Hi i want to study photography and I don't know what camera should I buy
Welcome to the forum.

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With this camera I want to start working/practicing right now (advertising, modeling, houses, events, weddings, commercial stuff) and start making money and getting experience
Before you spend any money, you should be aware that you are not
going to get professional results from day one.

One camera will not be sufficient. Any professional photographer will
have a backup. For the type of photography in your list, you will
need at least two high quality DSLR bodies, some fast (and expensive)
lenses for indoor and wedding work, at least one wide angle for
houses/architecture. You may also need a tilt/shift lens. For working with
models, you will need tripods, flashes, studio lights and various lighting
equipment like reflectors, diffusers etc.... I don't think you will have any
change out of $20,000, not including the cost of the studio.

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I like Canon and Nikon cameras
They make some fine cameras.

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My budget is 600$ as maximum but if there is an awesome camera but more expensive I can make and effort
You can get a good entry level DSLR for $600. This won't be adequate for
professional use, but it will get you started.

Canon T1i, T2i, T3i. (The T2i offers a lot of band for your buck).
Nikon D5100
Pentax K-r
and various Sony DSLRs.

Read the reviews and user reports. If you find one that seems to
fit your needs, come back here and ask for opinions.
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 11:34 AM   #4
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hi thanks for your advice, that's what I am looking for in a camera

modeling: make books for my friends and being recommended then charging money

events: make photos for discos wich will be publicated in their websites/facebook

weddings: make photos that look profesional and charge money

I like Nikon D5100 and canon T2i but are kinda expensive. these cameras are too much for the work I want to do? is there something cheaper?

thanks!

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Welcome to the forum.

Before you spend any money, you should be aware that you are not
going to get professional results from day one.

One camera will not be sufficient. Any professional photographer will
have a backup. For the type of photography in your list, you will
need at least two high quality DSLR bodies, some fast (and expensive)
lenses for indoor and wedding work, at least one wide angle for
houses/architecture. You may also need a tilt/shift lens. For working with
models, you will need tripods, flashes, studio lights and various lighting
equipment like reflectors, diffusers etc.... I don't think you will have any
change out of $20,000, not including the cost of the studio.

They make some fine cameras.

You can get a good entry level DSLR for $600. This won't be adequate for
professional use, but it will get you started.

Canon T1i, T2i, T3i. (The T2i offers a lot of band for your buck).
Nikon D5100
Pentax K-r
and various Sony DSLRs.

Read the reviews and user reports. If you find one that seems to
fit your needs, come back here and ask for opinions.
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 6:16 PM   #5
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I like Nikon D5100 and canon T2i but are kinda expensive. these cameras are too much for the work I want to do? is there something cheaper?

thanks!
The Canon T1i / 500D I have one and can recommend it.
Nikon D5000 If you can get a slightly used one or a new one from old stock.
Pentax K-x which is very similar to the K-r and a bit cheaper.

I think any of these would be better value than the current bottom
of the Canon range T3/1100D or the Nikon D3100.
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Design18- In addition to all the above... you are,in your own words,a student- and presumably,therefore,not too familiar with DSLR's.
You seem to want to cover a very broad range of photography- and as such would require quite a bit of kit- as already mentioned.
There's nothing wrong with being ambitious- hell,I admire it- but I would recommend walking before you can run.
Any entry level SLR is capable of excellent results in the right hands and are only "low end" in features,not image quality- and as a picture taking tool are more than good enough for someone starting out.
Stick a fairly inexpensive mid range zoom lens on it- say an 18-135 or something like- and this will give you a decent "all in one" to get you going- and more importantly,to learn the DSLR ropes,as it were.
Focus(no pun intended...)on learning about composition,why and when to choose aperture/shutter priority,depth of field,thinking in terms of light instead of colour,get creative- having a limited kit can teach you an awful lot about working around limitations...
If,in time,you feel the need to upgrade- you won't have wasted a fortune as DSLR's hold their value very well and can sell/part ex your current model.
To cut a long story short- walk before you can run- and don't spend a fortune starting out- it's not necessary.
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Hi and welcome its good to see people who are keen and want to take up photography. Are you taking a photography course if you are thats the best starting point. To make money is another thing perhaps you could upload some of your work and people here will will comment and make suggestions on how to improve.
Looking at your budget then it looks like a kit lens and body and others have made suggestions on that for you. Good luck
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