Originally Posted by Jixr
Well, I'm not sure what kind of quality pictures you are wanting, and what you are going to be using them for.
But my suggestion for a good cheap DSLR set up ( from canon ) would be at least a T3i and a Canon 50mm 1.8
that would be a good start. ( i'm not familiar with nikons ) That combo can be had $400 used
For 2k, I would probably suggest a similar body ( maybe one of the newer t4i/t5i ) and a "L" lens, a flash, and maybe a studio light, and a backdrop if needed.
Excellent. I was looking at a used DSLR T3i. I just bought the lighting and backdrops.
I'm looking for picture quality for a retail websites, not an art gallery.
Originally Posted by MistaBernie
There's no need to go straight for an "L" lens. The user could get very nice quality out of an 85 f/1.8 or a Sigma 85 f/1.4 (which might be ideal in this scenario).
While anoob has a point that you will probably get more advice more quickly in a dedicated camera forum such as DPReview (Try also FredMiranda.com, or if you are leaning towards Canon, photography-on-the.net), we can still provide a bit of feedback here.
Even with a budget of $2000 it's cutting things a bit tight, but it's workable if we have enough information. You mention that the camera needs to perform well in low light - in a studio setting, you should be able to control the light completely. This doesn't have to be an expensive undertaking. You can do this with work lamps from Home Depot to keep things inexpensive (although you will need to be careful to adjust your white balance according to the type of light you're using). A couple of guys here on the forums are getting pretty good at making their own lighting modifiers - check out SeanWebster's recent home made beauty dish for example.
All of that said.. do you see yourself needing to repeatedly go back and do multiple model shoots, or is it the kind of undertaking where you could set up a few hours of shooting and have someone come in and do the job for you? You may be able to find someone studying or just starting out that might be able to come in and do the sessions for you closer to your original cost without having to worry about making sure you have lots of equipment that you may only use once or twice, then decide it's not worth it or something like that. Of course, if you see yourself doing shoots every few weeks or numerous times and you believe that it's worth the time and effort to learn about photography, lighting, posing, copyright law (believe it or not this is pretty important when you have models and advertising), then give us some more information and we can try to help you out.
First things first..when was the last time you held a camera? With what you're trying to do, if you're set on doing it yourself, then you'll probably want a DSLR. As you're probably aware, the big names in DSLRs in the moment are Canon and Nikon, but they aren't the only choices (though they are the ones that would make sense for your budget). You could go Sony if you felt like it, but I feel like it would be more difficult in your price range to make it worth your while to do so. When are you planning on starting shooting? What kind of shots are we talking about? (I understand if you need to be relatively vague since it's advertising and it could be advertising something that's not yet out there, but even a general description with a bit more information could be useful).
Thanks for your response. You're steering me closer to what I need. I have models, lighting etc. The camera I'm using doesn't take great photos at all, it's an off the shelf Kodak.
Just like how I learned how to build a PC, I'm looking for an affordable DSLR that can get the job done until I have the need for something greater.
I will explorer the lower end of the Canon line, and use the recommended lens here. Now what about the flash? I'm sure with the light setup I may not need it but the low light shots I will.Edited by WorldExclusive - 10/9/13 at 4:22pm