I certainly understand your POV on this as I feel the same way. However it's a matter of getting something (basically) now that will 'do the job'...and start earning money (or at least attempt to save money). While we do have some monies to work with, we do not want to find ourselves 'buying the car and not affording the gas'. The camera is only one part of the greater shopping list. There still is lighting, props, backdrops, additional equipment, etc., etc. to consider. One does with what one has...or can afford. If I had lottery winnings this would not be a problem that I'd be posting here as I'd ensure that we had all the best 'toys' to play with, alleviate the hassle of being concerned about costs, and then going for the gusto.
If push comes to shove we do have other resources, namely the photographers' own setups. I personally have a reasonable kit, but it's film based. Having played around with a friend's D30 I definitely see the benefit of having/using digital in a studio situation...immediacy and quanity of images. Going film means, as we all know, that we have to wait for the limited number of images to be processed and then suffer through the many hours of scanning these images into the computer. By going this digital route we are trying to sidestep these problems.
However the original intent of this thread was to ascertain if a D30 would be a reasonable starting point and if, as you say, we shoot RAW to TIF then the file sizes should be sufficient for our immediate purposes.
The decision process is still underway and it looks like we might well swing towards the D30...but I'm still going to champion the 10D for what it has, can do and will be capable of doing in the future. Somewhere the buck has got to stop.
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if you can get a D30 for $500, I suppose this is a good deal and it does take fine pictures, when you shoot in RAW, and convert them to a TIF, you should have a near 10MB file.
BUT, if you get the D30 or a Digital Rebel, it is EXTREMELY likely that you will be happy yet STILL yearning for a 10D. Then selling the D30 or the Rebel, you will lose MONEY...
So if money is tight, why not just save up until you have enough for a 10D and get what you want?
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