Headshot camera and lens

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  1. Vision2955

    Vision2955 TPF Noob!

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    I would like to purchase a camera and a lens that will be idle for headshot photography

    can someone please make a recommendation

    thanks
    -V
     
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    tsaraleksi TPF Noob!

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    Ideal? Probably a Canon 5D and 85 1.2L.

    You've gotta provide a budget estimate!

    edit: probably more important than the camera is knowing how to work with and manipulate light.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Pretty much any camera will do that - from the cheapest point and shoot all the way up the Leica 'S'. Do you have any specific requirements in terms of quality or output format? What's your budget?
     
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    Vision2955 TPF Noob!

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    I want to spend about 600 for the cam and 400 for the lens
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You could go with a Canon 450D ($585) and a 85mm f/1.8 ($355).

    Just one option of many though... I only said Canon because that's what I use and am familiar with. Nikon is probably OK too... ;)
     
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    Canon Xti ($550) and 85mm f/1.8 ($350). But then again, I would invest in lighting so I would suggest the 50mm f/1.8 ($100) and spend the remaining $300 on 2 lighting setups from strobist.org. Cheap lights but work great and are good for starters.

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    You know what's even better for starters? Natural light, or natural light and a reflector.
     
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    this is true, lighting in itself takes as much time to learn as everything else combined. in this case the 85mm f/1.8 would probably serve your interests best and be a great lens that will last you.

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