Getting Another Camera

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  1. chrisburke

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    I'm getting another camera... lately I've been getting booked to do weddings and other fun stuff like that, and it's driving me crazy switching lens.. so it's time for a new body... I'm sticking to Nikon... but I'm torn... as you can see in my sig, I have the D40.. so anything is obviously up from here...I'm looking at the D80.... thoughts??? would it be a good second camera or should I go bigger (meaning I'd have to wait longer to get the funds)... well in all honesty it would become my #1, and the 40 would be #2... I'm also getting the 50mm1.8 lens to do better portrait stuff at weddings and wherever... while I'm at it, what flash should I get????
     
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    i tried out a D300 the other and was astounded! so i'd highly reccomend that, or a D200 might be a better choice if price is a problemm!

    how functional is the sb-50 with the D40? you should probs try the sb-600 or 800 as a best bet
     
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    Well I personally think you should look at getting more accessories first, like a 70-200mm f/2.8, a sb-800 and maybe an sb-600. But thats up to you. If you want to upgrade you may want to look at some older cameras like maybe a d70, d100/200, or maybe a d2h if you want to get into sports photography (8 fps =))
     
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    the sb50 was great when it worked, but it crapped out recently and it's not worth it to get it serviced...

    as for the d200 or 300.. nice cameras... guess i never considered them because of the price... i'll have to find out what price i can get them for (a friend works at Nikon and can get me really good discounts)

    i deffinatley hear ya jimmy on the accessories..... getting the 50mm 1.8 lens and a new flash.... then later on the 70-200 (right now I have one that i can borrow from a friend)
     
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    Honestly if you are doing weddings professionally you are lost all the way aound so as you said it is only up from here. Since you have a D40 a D80 would definately be a step up so with another future upgrading in mind down the road I might go with the D80. I would hope for your sake that the D80 leaves some funds open for some better glass as you are really in need of that as well. I really guess it all depends on how serious you take all this for me when I started I got what I needed when I started and when I made the transition to digital I also got a very large head start right off the bat (see my sig). Both situations were gotten on credit and both were covered pretty quickly with weddings but I consider wedding photography as an important source of income for me so I got the gear I needed.
     
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    well said jip... maybe i should just slap it all on the card ... deffinatley something i've considered... and as you say, it would get paid back pretty quick with the bookings i have.
     
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    If you're getting a 50 for portraiture but are sick of swapping lenses, why not just get an UBER-zoom?
     
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    Actualy for me I just joined the credit union at my work and got a loan for like 4% so "slapping it on the card" is a silly idea if you were being serious because even if you don't have acess to a credit union. If you were being facetious and I do detect a sense if sarasm in your response I guess things arent going as well for you when it comes to weddings as you initially alluded to.
     
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    no no, sorry if i sounded scarcastic... I was serious... my credit card has a low rate... and weddings are going well for me, so it would be paid of rather quickly
     
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    For someone doing weddings professionally, and taking pro portraiture clients, an "uber-zoom" really isn't up to the task. Zooms with a huge range always have to make compromises somewhere - image quality, max aperture, etc. There's a good reason everyone isn't walking around with one do-it-all lens. :eek:)
     
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    Even so i would take it one step at a time. First thing i would replace is the flash. Then look at getting a fast prime or 2. Then something maybe like the sigma 70-200mm f/2.8, or the older nikkor 80-200mm.
     
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    seems like with nikons noone ever says you shouldn't use a d40 for weddings because its not built for it but when someone mentions a canon rebel xt people immediately say its a bad choice blah blah.

    Why is d40 so acceptable as wedding camera choice and rebel xt.

    Am i confusing the level of camer a d40 is?

    I personally believe whatever works use but of course I listen to what some people say in here.
     

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