Noob looking for all around DSLR. 40D 50D D300?

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  1. mikehrp

    mikehrp TPF Noob!

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    Noob looking for all around DSLR. 40D 50D D300?

    I am looking for something to use to take pics of my family (to replace my point and shoot)

    I would also like to use it to take high res product images. Things like baseball bats, golf clubs, baseball gloves and so on.

    Can I get by with a Canon 50D? What kind of lens would be best for both purposes?

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
     
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    if you are really a noob, those cameras sound a little intense, I would if you want something above the regular entry DSLRS ... I would say get a D90 and invest spend the rest on getting lenses because that is more important then the body, aswell as a camera bag a flash and such.. just keep it in mind that it adds up its not just about the body...

    but any of those would be good.
     
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    I just want to make sure I can take good product pics. Reading around it looks like with products it's about lens and lighting.
     
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    Get a 40D with an inexpensive standard lens, invest the rest in a 100/2.8 macro lens and lighting for your product shots.
     
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    For your intended usage, you could use the D60 or XSi. Those are both entry level DSLR's.
     
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    You really think so? An XSi? Isn't the 40d only a couple hundred dollars more?
     
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    only a couple hundred dollars more? if you have the money to throw around go ahead, but as everyone else is saying you should look more at lenses and lighting.
     
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    Canon XSi with 18-55 kit lens - $644
    Canon 40D with 18-55 kit lens - $1000
    Canon 50D with 28-135 kit lens - $1280

    Prices from B&H
     
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    Your right. I guess I should not say "only". Its an investment in my business and a couple hundred dollars in the long run would be worth it to me if it was better.

    I need it to take pics like these. But of the entire item too.
    Is it a real expectation to think I can get that out of a XSi or 40D?

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    You could take these pictures with a D40 honestly. I know I am beating a dead horse but, an external flash and lens is the best bang for the buck.
     
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    Your not beating a dead horse to me. I need all the info I can get.
     
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    I don't know how much you are willing to invest but a good external flash will cost anywhere between 200-500 dollars then think about a good lens. so the body may be only half the cost.
     

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