Camera Recommendations

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sooncome
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Hi All

I am looking for a DSLR setup for taking portraits in people's homes. I favour the Canon 40D as it would allow me to also pursue an interest in sports photography, however, I welcome your recommendations on bodies, lenses and flashes.

Regards
Shaun

George Rankine
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As no one else has put any posts on this, I'll make a few suggestions.
I don't know if you live near a Jessops, for example, but if you are starting on a DSLR without any previous experience, they may have a good range for you to have a look at. The Canon 40D is an excellent camera for the money, but you don't say if you've any Canon lenses etc. The kit lens that comes with it, although it has been criticised in some quarters, is really quite a good lens. However, you don't say what your budget is, and for portraits you'll need some good lighting, minimum a couple of flash units etc.
Personaly I always believe in getting the best glass you can afford, you won't lose much money over the years, and lenses don't change nearly as often as bodies.
If you give me a bit more info re budget etc I may be able to make some other suggestions, although I am only on the forum from time to time.
George

paulears
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I've had a number of digital cameras but most of my work is in theatres, so I wanted one that could take good qualtiy pictures under stage lighting.
I bought a Pentax K100D with a sigma zoom and am really pleased with it. It is also pretty good at sports photography.

If you want I could post a link to a couple of full size images from it so you could assess the quality for yourself?

I would recommend it to anyone.

George Rankine
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I don't know the Pentax range at all, but I will say that all the DSLRs on the market now are pretty well sorted, it comes down to personal taste and feel, hence my suggestion to go to a good dealer and have a play.

Barry Hunter
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Recently changed from Olympus to Sony A700 and am well pleased! One reason for changing was the benefit of using Sony/Minolta lenses with our Sony S270/Z7 cams, when the adapter becomes available.

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sooncome
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Hi and thanks for your advice

I have limited experience working with DSLRs, having taken a few shots with a friends EOS350D. I am assured that Canon is the brand to beat when it comes to DSLRs and the 40D does pack a big punch. However, my focus is the right balance of equipment for the task at hand which is taking photos of interviewees (of all ages) before and after a video interview.

The interviews will take place in peoples homes so there I won't have much control of the environment. That being the case, I was thinking of about using fast (f1.8) prime lenses to do the job. The hope is to negate the use of flash wherever possible as the interviewees would be a mix of I could of course use these on a model such as the new 450D but the saving isn't that great. Which brings me on to budget.

I have set aside £2k for the equipment - camera body, portrait lenses and flash.

Am I barking up the wrong tree?

George Rankine
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You should have no problem kitting yourself out for £2k.
You'll find the 40D has IMO a much better feel than the 350/400/450, and Canon from time to time have cashback offers on the cameras (but the last one has just finished) so again I'd suggest a shop visit, then you can go on the web to get the best deal. Also there are some importers who are reliable and I can give you a suggestion if you want.

George

JMCP
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Hi,

if I was you and I was intending to use the camera for portraits and in lighting conditions that you were not able to fully control, I would be looking at a full frame camera like the Canon 5D, this camera can be bought for approx £1200 or £1300 pounds, buy a couple of primes like the 50 1.8, 85 1.8 and you should still have enough for a decent flashgun.

Cheers John

Gavin Gration
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A neighbour of mine specialises in portraits and uses two Canon D30s - yep - the 3.3mp ones from years ago!

He has a set of lightweight studio flash heads and a Calumet background stand. A basic little battery flash provides a touch of background fill on auto-trigger.

Julian Barnes
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You lost a bit of weight Gavin ?, and been under the suntan lamp ?