Photojournalistic help?

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  1. gumball513

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    So, im an aspiring and i was just wondering if you had any advice?

    Heres my kit as of right now:
    Nikon d60 with standard kit lense
    55-200mm nikkor vr lense
    Is there any vital piece for a photojournalist?
    And is there a 5d equivalent from nikon?
     
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    Canon 5D vs. Nikon D200
    Apparently the d200 is better :/ I call bull****"!!

    unless it doesn't mean the 5d mkii
     
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    It is imperative that you do whatever you can do to acquire as much fast glass as you possibly can. The first one to probably work on and would be a main workhorse is somethinglike a 70-200 2.8 or similar. As a photographer you will be thrown into many different scenarios that will require you to have fast glass.
     
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    1D MKIII or D700.

    16-35 (ish) f2.8
    24-70 (ish) f2.8
    70-200 f2.8)

    Digital recorder with multiple folders.

    Standard photojournalist fare in this area. Upper end bodies and a zoom selection with nothing slower that f2.8.
     
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    Is it just me, or wouldn't two bodies be preferable? Slap a normal zoom on a full-frame, and a tele zoom on a 1.6x crop sensor, and you'd have one hell of a range at your fingertips, being able to switch between both without skipping a beat.

    I'm going to toss this out there: Don't let your gear get you down. You can do a lot with the gear you already have. Fast glass should be what you set your eye on right now. Bodies come and go, but good glass can last a lifetime if treated right.
     
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    Two identical bodies yes. Mix and match, not so good. Photojournalism covers a large area. It's not just the quick pace action in a war torn country but the photo of the person being interviewed because they just saw a UFO for the third time, or the horrific accident on the corner. (ever notice it's the same small group of people that see the UFO's) :D

    1 body with a good lens is enough to handle or get the job done in most situations. Part of the trick is to prepare before getting there and adapt quickly once you are there. It doesn't take long to get the hang of what your restrictions are going to be when you get to a lot of things. You will know how police or fire department will cover off a incident.

    If you get sent to cover something like a sporting event, then you grab another body and lens for sure.

    Like a prepared wedding photographer it's good to have a backup body if needed.
     
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    Ah well. Good tips. I'll probably be forced into mixing and matching bodies for this kind of work though, mostly due to budget constraints. (I'm going to start shooting for UBC's newspaper, Ubyssey, this year. Not quite like they've got a 1D MkIII just hanging around to be loaned-out. :greenpbl: )
     
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    anyone know why some of the journalist's put Gaffer tape round their lens?
    I was watching a programme on BBC three, quite a few of them done it.
     
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    Where are they putting it? o_O (Perhaps it's to keep the hood from falling off if it's jostled? The hood on my 24-70 has a tendency to come a little loose sometimes.)
     
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    nahts like where the zoom ring is :s confused me too...
    Might just be from the nature of their work, their camera has a tendacy of falling thus cracking scraping etc...

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    from the topic i got that image from seems the main reason for it is for damage to the lens and hoods
     
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    Gaffer's tape fixes all. ;)

    Especially when it's L glass like that. A new hood needs to be custom-made, because they only make one for every lens. So getting just a hood can be a little outrageous depending on the lens.
     

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