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Old 13-12-2007, 20:13   #1 (permalink)
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Question Help me spend £1,000 / $2,000 on Photography Gear

Well I've just sold the hifi gear, to help fund my photography habit , so have a grand burning a hole in my pocket. So what should I buy

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- A decent telephoto zoom ..... I only have up to 55mm at present
- A 85mm f/1.8 lens for portrait work
- Studio lights setup
- A Nikon D300
- Wait for VP to sell his D2X
- Go full frame with Canon 5D, selling all Nikon gear & starting again
- Wait for Canon 7D



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Old 13-12-2007, 20:15   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Help me spend £1,000 / $2,000 on Photography Gear

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Re: Help me spend £1,000 / $2,000 on Photography Gear

You already have a perfectly good camera, the lens will not dent that sum, I'd spent it on lights, Lee filters, pocket wizards, all the little things that still are of considerable expense.

I have to ask - did you really sell your hifi without a definite idea of what you were funding?
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Old 13-12-2007, 20:18   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Help me spend £1,000 / $2,000 on Photography Gear

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Spell my name right on the cheque! Job done!
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Old 13-12-2007, 20:18   #5 (permalink)
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I have to ask - did you really sell your hifi without a definite idea of what you were funding?
Daughter took over my Hi Fi room, so it was only sat there in storage ...... but yes, in my normal style (just ask Steve ), no pre planning ... just did it.
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Re: Help me spend £1,000 / $2,000 on Photography Gear

Yikes!

Well, I still reckon spend it on all the paraphernalia that isn't a camera or lens, your photos are quite good enough!
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:35   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Help me spend £1,000 / $2,000 on Photography Gear

what about a 70-200 f/2.8 VR. and yes it will spend all of your money, but i think itll be worth it
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:46   #8 (permalink)
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So you can blow it another Beemer .... I don't think so
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Old 13-12-2007, 21:59   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Help me spend £1,000 / $2,000 on Photography Gear

Keep it in your pocket until you are sure what you really want........maybe save some more while making you're mind up
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- A decent telephoto zoom ..... I only have up to 55mm at present
- A 85mm f/1.8 lens for portrait work
- Studio lights setup
- A Nikon D300
- Wait for VP to sell his D2X
- Go full frame with Canon 5D, selling all Nikon gear & starting again
- Wait for Canon 7D

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Your current photo's don't seem to warrant getting pocket wizards, E-bay remotes are probably your safest bet if you wanted to venture more into off camera lighting (for sports and all that.)

An additional camera body, i think, would be a waste - you already have a perfectly good alternative camera.

Full Frame?? for what...I know alot of professional photographers who get on just fine without full frame.

You have a few lenses as it is, but... here are my suggestions.

---You only have the one flash listed in your profile - SB800, so i would get another flash (or more )

---A 50mm f1.4/f1.6 (you get the idea) Prime for portraiture

If you really want to rid yourself of the money quickly, and if you can scrape another couple hundred - providing you need it, then the 70-200mm VR blah blah is a good option.

But, Tamron has a nice 55-200mm that gives great results, especially at around 150mm onwards. The only problem with the lens is the f4-5.6 range.

Also, some Studio lighting would be amazing...

So, to recap, i would say:

SB800 - £220
Esprit Gemini 200/200 Studio In A Box Kit - £430
Ebay Triggers - £30
Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di II MACRO LD - £120
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D - £190

With the other £10 you can get it all delivered
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Old 13-12-2007, 23:19   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Help me spend £1,000 / $2,000 on Photography Gear

I'd go with...

1 x Elinchrom D-Lite 2 Twin Head Kit.

And putting the rest into the garage to studio conversion you've been chatting on about!
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Re: Help me spend £1,000 / $2,000 on Photography Gear

i didn't see the 50mm you already have the first time round, so maybe the 85mm is still an option...
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1 x Elinchrom D-Lite 2 Twin Head Kit.
I was wondering about these, i have heard some people say they overheat really easily...is it true or rubbish??
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I was wondering about these, i have heard some people say they overheat really easily...is it true or rubbish??

I've no personal experience of them myself traer, I was just going by what was posted here.
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LOL the D2x is in bits and as dead as dead parrot somewhere in the US The cash however is being put to good use in the purchase of D300s.

As to your dilemma I have seen the Dlites in the flesh now and they are amazing for their size and weight. I think they are ideal for a portable studio. The 200w set is probably a bit underpowered for a nice permanent home studio like you are contemplating (I am so jealous I would never be allowed that). But 400W should just about be enough, not sure if the little units could take heavy use though. Speedgraphic are doing “get a 3rd head free” with the Lastolite Lumen 8 kits which are superb. So if you wanted 3 heads (and who wouldn’t) that would work out cheaper than the equivalent Dlite and probably perform better. The 2 head 400W is £650 but now has 3 heads; of course with either set you’ll need another stand and brolly/box and a snoot is nice for that 3rd head for hair lights. Don’t expect much change from £800 either way. Add in some ebay triggers and you are good to go.

I am a huge fan of the D300, but for your photography I’d not go the 2 body route before glass and lighting. If you want to trade up then that’s your call, the D300 excels in low light and AF-C situations. It’s marginally better in other areas but that’s the big leap. If you want a tele-zoom the 70-200VR is a no brainer even at the high price since it will almost certainly be still be on the front of the D10Xssss in 2015.

But in your envious position today I’d go with the lighting, the ebay trigger and a 2nd hand 85mm 1.8. This will still give a little more reach than 55mm, add to your portrait arsenal and still be valuable if you add a telezoom or a second body in the future DX or FF.
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Either take us all out for slap up Xmas meal, or studio lighting.

I think the lights win on that one...........
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D300 sounds like a good Christmas box.
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Id go with either the zoom lens option or the 85mm. Fantastic lens for portrait stuff.
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What ever you do will be good Dave,,,,but sence you ask..get the IR conversion, don't let the few negetive comments on the web change your mind, it's a very wholesome investment with the added expansion for black and white.

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Ooh, forgot that option Boofers
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