Beginner Set Up

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  1. Meshugy

    Meshugy TPF Noob!

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm a rank amateur. We needed a new camera for family photos and, more importantly, to take quality images of products for my online music site. After poking around here and several other sites, I ended up with this rig:

    Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT - $279 from expresscameras
    Canon EF 50 1.4 USM Autofocus lens - $289 from expresscameras
    Sandisk SAU2CF4GB 4GB Ultra II CompactFlash Card - $89 from B&H Photo

    Total: $657.

    Seemed like a pretty good deal, especially since the XT kits (with an inferior lens) are often going for more.

    I'd like to know peoples opinion on this set up. Would I need another lens? If, so what?

    Thanks,

    -Michael
     
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    You might want to consider lighing equipment too.
     
  3. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Get a tripod. Skip the flash for now. The tripod will help with photographing things for your online store. (use manual white balance for whatever form of available light you have)

    It will also help with the family portraits, because YOU can get into the shots too! Put the camera on the tripod, frame the shot, trip the self timer, and waltz into the shot.
     
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    Meshugy TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the advice..

    What would be a good tripod and a basic lighting set up for doing product photos for my store?

    Also, what is the best material to use for a white background?

    BTW, I canceled my order with express camera. I had a funny feeling about them so I did more research. They're one of those hard sell bait and switch operations. So I blocked my card and canceled the order. Surprisingly, they actually canceled it with out giving me grief. I reordered from B&H photo, not as cheap but much safer.

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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That was going to be my first suggestion. I'm glad you figured that out. :thumbup:
     
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    those three components are certainly very good! don't know anything about pricing of theses, but the lens is a very good one, and so is the Flash card.

    as other quoted, you might want more equipment after a short while ;) tripod, cable release, light if you want to shoot studio
     
  7. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Before you go for a big buck tripod, have a look at the Slik U8000, at B&H. For $40, you cannot beat it.
     
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    I think my wife has a Slik U8000, but we need to find a quick mount thing that will work with still cameras (one screw, no extra stub)...or a different tripod.
     
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    Quality?

    It seems like you want to take pictures almost exclusively indoors.

    35mm is for easy portability, have you considered Medium/Large format?

    It's slow, and heavy, but luscious images that no 35mm could possibly compete with.

    And compared to prosumer 35mm, it doesn't seem that expensive.

    http://photo.net/equipment/what-camera-should-I-buy.adp
     
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    Oooh... I'd love a medium format camera! :-9 If Michael will be using the pictures on-line though, will he reap much benefit from the extra resolution? Most people's computer screens yield less than 100 DPI (I routinely set mine to 80 DPI).
     
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    Cool..I'll check that out. Any suggestions on how to create a nice white background and an afforable lighting system?
     
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    Meshugy TPF Noob!

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    I'll be schleping it around on family vacations and to kiddie sporting events. So portability is actually nice. Are their large format digital cameras? For the website stuff it's much easier if everything is digital from the get go.
     

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