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  1. amhenderson1979

    amhenderson1979 TPF Noob!

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    So, here's the deal. I love photography. Of course, this is stating the obvious since I just signed up for the forums, right? Right.

    Anyway, I just signed up for classes to get my Bachelor's of said love, and it's.. Pretty intimidating.

    I have a list of equipment that I need, and to be very frank, at this moment in time, I'm a stay at home mom, working with a very tiny budget.

    So, does anyone know where I can find used equipment, that is not Ebay, with no guarantee on whether it does or doesn't work. I would much rather buy used, until I get a firm grasp on what I'm doing, how best to care for my equipment, and if my kids trash it [which could happen, they're kids, things always happen], it's not a huge loss.
     
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    The forum market here seems to have pretty great deals, but if you'd rather stick to a store I usually buy from B&H or Adorama, both of which are online and ship anywhere in the US.
     
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    Adorama and B&H carry used as well as refurbished gear, and are both great places. Your local Craigslist might also be worth looking through, just take necessary precautions, as usual.
     
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    Thanks so much. Now if I can figure out what this jargon all means, I'll be good to go. Definitions, here I come..
     
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    Problem solved. I'm four months into my photography hobby myself, and I still am learning. It's a bit daunting at first realizing just how much you have to learn, but I think it's worth it :thumbup:
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    What is on your list ?
     
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    manicmike No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    amhenderson1979 TPF Noob!

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    lol, was already reading the camera terms for dummies!

    My Equipment is as follows :

    Equipment List
    · Pro Series Digital SLR Camera - Must have an interchangeable lens system, 6 megapixel minimum, RAW file setting
    o Memory Card
    o Backup Batteries
    o 18-55mm lens
    o 55-200mm lens
    o Camera Bag (Optional)
    · Medium Sized Tripod - Must be able to firmly secure a SLR Camera + Flash
    o Works for both 4x5 and SLR camera
    o Monopod (Optional)
    · Lighting
    o 3 Light "Kit" - To include 3 Monolights, umbrellas/softboxes, radio slave set, cords and Stands
    o Hot Lamps (3)
    o Hot Shoe Cable (suggested)
    o Reflector
    o Gray Card
    o Light Meter
     
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    Wow. That's a daunting list for a complete beginner!

    "Pro Series" -- What gives here? A Nikon D40 would fit the bill, but I don't think anyone here would consider it "Pro" level, and I can't imagine a class requiring a D300, D700, or above.
     
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    Very daunting, at least I'm not the only one that thinks so!

    I was looking at the Nikon and one of the new Sony's. I haven't read too many reviews of the Sony's use yet, though.
     
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    That is quite a list, but I don't see why the camera must be a "pro" camera. An entry-level Canon Rebel or Nikon D40/D3000 more than suit your needs. If you do decide to go Rebel or D40/D3000, I'd worry less about the brand/features and more about the body itself. In my opinion, at that entry-level, the difference in features is moot and the physical comfort of holding the different body shapes is much more important.

    I personally would go for a Rebel XSi (I am more comfortable with Canon bodies) with kit lens and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens.
     
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    I wish there was a place around here that had one for me to hold, to get a feel for. Thank you so much for all the advice.
     

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