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Old 06-26-2008, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am currently in the market for a new camera. I currently have a Canon Eos 7 with all Canon lenses. What would be a good DSLR to go to? I would like to use my current lenses and just buy a body to start. I would like to get something that would give me enlargments bigger than an 8x10. I have the BP300 battery grip, would that work with the newer Canon DSLRs? And one other question, what would be a good portriat lense? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 06-27-2008, 07:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm Nikon shooter, so I can's speak to all your questions, but If you know what shortcomings your current camera has I would recommend you do a camera compare on dpreview of the canon dslrs. This will let you look at them side-by-side. As for lens, I like the fastest glass I can afford. I doesn't need to be Canon brand as other manufacturers can do a good job, too. But I would get the fastest.

Unless wide-ange is going to important to you, I'd stick with those designed for a full frame regardless of what camera you pick up. Digital will eventually get to the point where they will all be full-frame and you don't want to be stuck with a lens that isn't going to work well. Since you are looking for portrait lenses (and if you don't get a full frame camera), you could pick up Canon's fastest prime 50mm. On a smaller sensor it will push you out to about 70-80mm which is a good working portrait lens and it will be cheap.

Sorry to blabber on, but that is just my thoughts.

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Thanks Mark for your time and info. That really gave me something to think about. What kind of Nikon do you use?

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Old 06-28-2008, 12:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've got a D300 that is my primary body and a D100 as a backup.
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Hey Mark how good of a job does the D100 do for you? I've seen some good deals on some on ebay, but was skeptical, because they are only 6.1 megapixel. How big of an enlargement could you get out of it without it getting too grainy? I want to think that more megapixel the better quality of picture? Or is it the size of the sensor in the camera? I've never owned any Nikon stuff, but I have thought about it. I really appreciate you taking time to help me on this.

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It has been a good camera. Most of the stuff on my port is done with it as I've not gotten to do much Glam with the D300. I have printed 20x30 with it with my lab. A good exposure is key there (just like any other camera/photo). I also tend to buy better glass so that helps, too.

It is a little noisy and does have problems with color abberations in high contrast situations. Also, it has a smaller preview and is shorter on features.

I've considered turning it into a IR camera with a modification.

If you have Canon with much investments in lenses, I would stick there, since you would have to buy all new glass if you switch.
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Hey Mark thanks for the info. I'm not sure which way to go, cause even if I stick with the Canon stuff I'll still want better lenses I suppose? The 2 lenses I have are just your standard stuff, and aren't that fast. I wan't to get a decent setup cause alot of people are asking me to do senior portriats. I have a room in my house I plan on using as a studio. I just need something for a good start, and then build upon that. Well thanks again for your time, and comments.

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If people are wanting you to do senior portraits, I assume they have seen your work and like it and want it. If that is the case, I don't know that you need to get anything to start that work.

Your film SLR will do a great job with such work and if you price your prints and products accordingly, you should be able to afford to buy new stuff as you get paid from that work. Pro labs, such a McKenna (mckennaproimaging.com) can process your film and then give you hi-res scans you can use going forward. As long as you don't shoot 600 frames for a shoot you are only get $100 for, you will still make money.

I'd sit down, figure out what it will cost you per frame to shoot with your camera, add what you want to make for yourself per hour (including post processing), and add your overhead costs. This will give you an idea what you can charge.

Good luck.

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For glamour I think a 5D would be a nice camera. Of course it's supposedly going to be replaced sometime in the near future.
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